At the most recent meeting of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) members met in Melbourne to work with a full agenda. Of particular note was how we as a collective would respond to the recent release of the Shergold-Weir Report, as well as the Review of Security of Payment Laws by John Murray AM.  Brad Battin MP, Victorian Shadow Minister for the Building Industry and Emergency Services, attended and spoke at length about should the opposition in Victoria assume power at the next election, it would in essence be the first jurisdiction in Australia to have a Minister of Building.

This clearly was a model that the ACIF members welcomed and hoped might one day be rolled out across the country, that being a dedicated Minister of Building. Given that our industry generates more than 10% of GDP and employs approximately 10% of working Australians, it would seems a logical decision. To be frank, for too many years we have been lumped in with what seems at times, odd partners relevant to a Minister’s portfolio and this would be an excellent move in the right direction.

Great news last week with a number of our members recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list;

1.    Greg McLean (Qld) has been recognised with a Medal (OAM) of the order of Australia in the General Division for his service to the building and construction industry

2.    Damian Rogers (Tas) was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to architecture, and to the building and construction industry, as a leader and administrator of professional organisations

3.    Andrew Marshall (SA) was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the building and construction industry through professional organisations, to academia, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

Finally this week, the next stop for our Professional Excellence Awards is Western Australia this Saturday 23 June. A sold out event tickets are no longer available. WA always put on a big show and this one promises to again, not to disappoint.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.


Greg Hughes