One of the first significant meetings of the year was the Building Ministers Forum held in Hobart last week, where state and territory Ministers gathered to talk about a myriad of current issues confronting the profession. National President, David Burnell attended the meeting and I have asked him to give us a brief overview of what transpired at the meeting. The AIB was a participant of the morning session alongside other allied associations:
We were asked to report on … What is industry doing to support cultural change?
While the direct response from AIB touched on the active work we are involved in, our representation for the benefit of the construction industry was around our participation and contribution to the work of both the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Standards Australia (SA).
We also highlighted the series of information and CPD training events we have hosted that directly supporting the Shergold – Weir report:
- Bronwyn Weir presenting about her report in detail;
- A Legal Masterclass presentation;
- A Flammable Aluminium Composite Cladding information seminar;
- The Top 10 legal issues for 2018 which focused on cladding and non-compliant building products co-hosted with Minter Ellison;
- Building Regulatory Reform in Australia presented by Wayne Liddy a senior AIBS practitioner;
- Cladding presentations and fire safety and engineering discussions around the code and identifying compliant cladding products presented by Jonathan Barnett;
- We are currently attempting to arrange a series of presentations for each State by the Hon. John Fahey to talk about the ABCB’s response to Shergold – Weir.
The industry presentations from all other groups then consistently echoed the same themes expressed within the AIB closing remarks. Read full report.
And finally this week, there is just one month left to get your entries in for this year’s Professional Excellence Awards. Don’t delay in getting that recognition that you and or your colleagues so richly deserve. Head to our website for all the details on how to enter.
Have a great weekend ahead everyone