New Ministers Have Their Work Cut Out to Assist Building Professionals

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today welcomed Fridays appointment of the new ministers in the Gillard Government, but warned that the new ministers should not be complacent when it comes to the myriad of issues facing building professionals.

Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer, stated I congratulate the new ministers, and urge them – in particular, Greg Combet, Minister for Industry, Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Brendan OConnor, Minister for Housing and Small Business, and Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations – to improve the working and educational lives of current and future building professionals.

The quality of current and future building professionals is the key to ensuring the best standards in the building and construction industry in Australia. This is too important to leave to chance, and the AIB seeks the active support of the new ministers to ensure the highest standards in the industry.

Issues such as the health and safety of building professionals, harmonising building licensing and creating an industrial relations environment in which productivity does not suffer are further issues for the new ministers. I look forward to speaking to them and working together on these and other important matters, said Mr Hunt.