The Australian Institute of Building is active in communicating its position and policies to its membership and the wider industry.

The mechanisms used includes a weekly enewsletter sent to over 5000 senior practitioners, industry leaders, suppliers and consultants.

In addition the AIB actively engages with the Australian and International press through a professionally focused media release program.  All AIB recent media releases can be accessed via this site.

Recent News

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

We recently met up with the new NSW Government Building Commissioner, David Chandler. Both National President, David Burnell, myself and one of the AIB’s NSW Chapter Vice President’s had an initial free flowing discussion around a number of points including:

How the AIB can assist with the reform that David’s Department will be committing to […]

NEW MASTER BUILDERS NATIONAL PRESIDENT CALLS FOR SENATE TO PASS ENSURING INTEGRITY LAWS

The newly elected President of the nation’s peak building and construction industry advocacy organisation has urged the Senate to pass the Ensuring Integrity laws.

Simon Butt was elected National President of Master Builders Australia on the weekend at a meeting of Master Builders Associations the building and construction industry in each state and territory.

“There […]

ACIF FORECASTS MARKET DRAGGED DOWN BY RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION BUT NOT OUT

The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) forecasts that the decline in Residential Building will be so deep that it will dominate the outlook for building and construction, dragging down economic growth and employment. The outlook has been detailed in the latest Australian Construction Market Report, released today. ACIF indicates there have been recent signs of […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

It seems that my column of two weeks ago about negative media coverage with issues surrounding our profession sparked quite a bit of interest. Make no mistake that we will […]

BUILDERS RAISE CONCERN ABOUT MANSLAUGHTER LAW

Builders Raise Concern About Manslaughter Law

A key building industry lobby group has raised concern about new legislation which could see bosses who negligently cause death of their workers facing up to 20 year’s jail or up to $16.5 million in fines, saying that the new offence should apply to all parties in workplaces and […]

STRONGER POWERS FOR BUILDING REGULATOR UNDER NEW LAW

Media Release The Hon Richard Wayne MP Minister for Planning Minister for Housing Minister for Multicultural Affairs

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering greater protections for building and apartment owners under sweeping new changes introduced to Parliament today.

The Building and Environment Protection Legislation Amendment Bill will give stronger powers to the Victorian Building Authority […]

GREATER PROTECTION FOR BUILDING OWNERS

Gordon Ramsay MLA Attorney-General Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries & Cultural Events Minister for Building Quality Improvement Minister for Business and Regulatory Services Minister for Seniors and Veterans Member […]

CONSTRUCTING OUR WORLD WRAP UP

Constructing Our World Wrap Up By Dr Robyn Hardy 

The Australian Institute of Building’s first international conference in years was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney’s iconic Rocks District (18-20 Sept 2019). We are happy to say the feedback was a resounding thumbs up. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the program.

The three […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

If nothing else, for many it has been an angst filled year with the myriad of issues plaguing the industry at the moment. What we need to do is stop and reflect on some of the positive actions that are taking place post the issues at hand.

As an example, remediation work through recladding has […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Firstly this week, a sincere thank you to those supporters of Constructing Our World 2019. The feedback we received was very positive across many stakeholder groups as a conference that addressed (in some cases head on) the real issues affecting the industry at the moment.

My thanks to the many speakers who gave freely of […]

BUILDERS PARTNER AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE ON CONSTRUCTION INNOVATIONS

To improve practice, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and its counterpart, Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which would further develop the methodology and technology of building construction.

The pact, which is aimed at making the two bodies have a shared commitment to becoming a stronger professional educator within […]

2019 NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The 2019 National Professional Excellence in Building Awards were held last Thursday 19 September at the Four Season Hotel in Sydney.

The night was packed with great entertainment by Walangari and Let’s Groove Tonight’s Chris and Emma in addition to lots of networking and celebrating the best in the industry.

A special mention to the […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

While we have been talking extensively about the upcoming AIB conference which is just weeks away, are you aware that the National Awards are nestled right in the middle of the conference – at the same location? Take a look at this short video piece:

This year will be special with an outstanding band to […]

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

The busy schedule for institute activities has now seen the conclusion of our Chapter rounds for the Professional Excellence Awards presentations. We have completed the July events with award presentations in Melbourne and Sydney, and our PE winners across all events have now been grouped for the National Judging that commenced on 29th July following […]

RECORD INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND THE NEW NORMAL, 2019 AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE WARNS

 

 

A new wave of investment and reform is needed to ensure Australia’s infrastructure continues to support our quality of life and economic productivity over the next 15 years, according to the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit published today […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

 

 

 

Well it has been quite a roller coaster ride over the last couple of weeks in a political sense when it comes to the myriad of issues that […]

DAVID CHANDLER OAM APPOINTED NSW BUILDING COMMISSIONER

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 1 August 2019

DAVID CHANDLER OAM APPOINTED NSW BUILDING COMMISSIONER

 

Home owners will be better protected following the appointment of building and construction expert David Chandler OAM as NSW Building […]

2019 NSW PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The New South Wales Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 26 July at Dockside Darling Harbour.

The night was packed with great entertainment, networking and celebrating the best in the industry. Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 New South Wales Building Professional […]

2019 VIC PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The Victorian Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards Friday 19 July at the RACV City Club.

The night was packed with great entertainment, networking and celebrating the best in the industry. Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 Victorian Building Professional of the Year –  […]

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE – BMF JULY

The AIB was invited to participate this week within a smaller group of Industry associations attending the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) in Sydney along with 11 other industry and employer groups as a follow up to the last meeting held in February 2019.

We had a short agenda which included presentations and discussions around Professional […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM COMMUNIQUE

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met today in Sydney to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector. Ministers also met with industry representatives and discussed matters including professional indemnity insurance and implementation of the Building Confidence report.

Building Ministers agreed to a national approach to the implementation of the Building Confidence […]

INDUSTRY GROUPS CALL FOR URGENT AUSTRALIA-WIDE ACTION ON BUILDING REGULATION

 

 

 

 

Background

Australia’s fragmented approach to regulatory enforcement and compliance with building regulations requires a renewed commitment to national action to maintain public confidence in our built environment. The concerns of the signatories are […]

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

This has been a busy time for institute activities, the last three weeks have included attending the QLD Chapter – Professional Excellence Award dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. I then travelled to Hong Kong for a 6 day stopover meeting up with the OS Chapter President – Norman Faifer and the CEO Greg […]

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT TO BAN COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING

Media Release

Minister for Housing and Public Works Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Combustible cladding is set to be completely […]

2019 WA PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The West Australian Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Saturday 29 June at The Westin in Perth.

The night proved to be a great success! Check out the photos from the night here.

A special mention to the 2019 West Australian Building Professional of the Year – Chris Owen from Broad […]

NEW BUILDING WEBSITE TO IMPROVE CONSUMER AND INDUSTRY AWARENESS

Media Release

 

Gordon Ramsay MLA Attorney-General Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events Minister for Building Quality Improvement Minister for Business and Regulatory Services Minister for Seniors and […]

2019 QLD PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The Queensland Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 14 June at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. The night proved to be a great success! Check out the photos from the night here. A special mention to the 2019 Queensland Building Professional of the Year – Glenn Robinson from Multiplex for […]

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INACTION AFTER GRENFELL TOWER TRAGEDY PUTS QLD AT RISK

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Media Release

Federal Government Inaction After Grenfell Tower Tragedy Puts Queenslanders At Risk

Two years on from the Grenfell Tower inferno in London, the global aftershocks are pushing Queensland’s building […]

PRE-FAB INNOVATION LAB FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

The Hon Karen Andrews MP Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Federal Member for McPherson

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PRE-FAB INNOVATION LAB FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

The Morrison Government is backing Australia’s manufacturing and building and construction sectors, with support for the prefabricated building industry.

Up to $2 million will be […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

14 June 2019

This has been a busy time for institute activities, our Chapters are now actively hosting the various Professional Excellence Awards presentation events. We have completed award presentations in Canberra and Adelaide, and I am currently travelling to attend the QLD Chapter – Professional Excellence Awards tonight at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane. […]

LET’S TALK MEN’S HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Canberra construction workers and employers this morning discussed the health needs of men over a healthy burrito breakfast as part of Men’s Health Week.

Sadly, 93% of workplace deaths are men. Men suffer from more lifestyle-related […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As you read this we have already held both the ACT and SA Professional Excellence Awards. It was great to bring the ACT Awards ‘back home’ with many who attended commenting on the relaxed and somewhat informal stand up function. Equally in Adelaide, our organising team decided to ramp up the stakes and utilise a […]

2019 SA PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

The South Australian Chapter held their Professional Excellence in Building Awards last Friday 31 May at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.

The night proved to be a great success! Check out the photos from the night here.

 

A special mention to the 2019 South Australia Building Professional of the Year – Tony […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

We are getting a great response to our upcoming international conference Constructing Our World which is now just under four months away. Early Bird tickets end tomorrow (31 May)  so I would suggest you get in now and save money along the way.

As we have done previously, I want to again […]

2019 ACT PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AWARDS RESULTS

2019 ACT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Team Leader: Warren Fenwick MAIB Company: Hindmarsh Construction Australia Project: Building 145 Category: Commercial Constructions $25 million to $50 million

The judges stated […]

ACIF FORECASTS THE OUTLOOK FOR CONSTRUCTION IS ‘STEADY AS SHE GOES’

The latest industry forecasts indicate that building and construction work activity in 2018-19 will fall by 5% to $239 billion. The outlook for building and construction activity will be finely balanced, with the current uptick in Non-Residential Building activity combined with surging Engineering Construction activity expected to largely offset the downturn in Residential Building activity.

“The recent upturn in […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – MONTH THAT WAS

14 May 2019

This has been a busy time for institute activities, our Chapters are well advanced on preparations for the various Professional Excellence Awards presentation events. In the last few weeks our AIB representation and promotion opportunities have seen a bit of travel for both the CEO and myself.

We have also looked at […]

MORRISON GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FORUM

A fair and balanced workplace relations system is the foundation of a strong economy and higher living standards for all Australians. We know that the key to better workplaces lies in […]

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S SAFER BUILDINGS PROGRAM ON TRACK

 

 

 

The Queensland Government’s Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist program has cleared almost 14,000 private buildings, confirming they’re safe and secure for tenants and workers.

The program, established in 2018, was designed to ensure all Queensland […]

2019 POLICY PRIORITIES OF ACIF

The Australian Construction Industry Forum calls on Australia’s political parties to consider and adopt ACIF’s policy priorities.

 

The Australian construction industry employs over 1.2 million Australians, and in 2017-18 had a turnover of $248 billion.

Therefore, the construction industry is one of the main drivers of the Australian economy and its productivity and success […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I trust you had a relaxing Easter Break – perhaps a chance to get that last bit of warmth before winter really starts to take a grip.

I have been speaking to a few of the judges of this year’s Professional Excellence Awards around the country who have passed comment about the excellent quality of […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

DesignBUILD is Australia’s leading event for Architecture, Building, Construction and Design professionals.

Taking place on 14-16 May at the Sydney International Convention Centre, DesignBUILD brings together over 7,000 professionals in the industry. From architects & designers to building contractors as well as specialists and senior industry decision makers, it is a significant […]

CONTRACTOR APM ISSUED EXCLUSION SANCTION FOLLOWING BUILDING CODE BREACH

 

 

 

Media Release 10 April 2019

A Victorian building company has been issued a one-month exclusion sanction for its failure to comply with state security of […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

4 April 2019

This last period has seen our awards submissions close and early bird registrations for Constructing our World in September open. Our full Council face to face meeting in March has now set some programs in place to work on recently approved initiatives.

We have a trial now running with a small […]

SECTIONS OF OPPOSITION LEADER BILL SHORTEN’S 2019 BUDGET REPLY RELEVANT TO CONSTRUCTION

Ending Negative Gearing on Older Investor Properties

If you’re currently negatively gearing the rules won’t change. If you want to use it on new homes, you still can. But we cannot have property investors […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

While it may be some time away, I want to remind you that Early Bird Registrations are now open to our international conference in September Constructing Our World This really is shaping up to be a great event with a significant fringe event day on Wednesday 18 September in which you will get exclusive access […]

2019 FEDERAL BUDGET SUMMARY FROM INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

With thanks to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia for providing the 2019 Federal Budget Summary.

Click here to view full summary

THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE FUNDING TO SUPPORT NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FOLLOWING LAST NIGHTS FEDERAL BUDGET

The Australian Government will provide funding to support national infrastructure projects following the release of last night’s Federal Budget.

Download the Budget 2019-20 Federal Financial Relations Budget Paper No.3 here

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DISCUSSION PAPER ON ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE PANEL PRODUCT LABELLING

Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) have been at the centre of a number of investigations in Australia and around the world. The development a permanent labelling system for ACP has been identified as a necessity. Standards Australia is seeking advice from industry and other stakeholders on the proposed approach for labelling of Aluminium Composite Panels.

View the […]

FIRST FINANCIAL DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOLLOWING LAW REFORMS

 

 

 

25 March 2019

Large construction companies with an annual revenue of more than $30 million have until the end of March to get their financial reports to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), or risk court action.

QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

22 March 2019

This week started last Saturday with our first face-to-face National Council meeting for 2019. The Council uses these larger all day planning and strategy sessions every 6 months to monitor past performance, plan for budget and programs that will be part of the next 12 months to align with the AIB financial […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Our National Council Meeting was held last Saturday here in Canberra. Of particular note, we discussed:

Ways that we (AIB) can better engage and deliver benefits to our students and graduates in the industry A review of the Institute’s delivery of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and are we hitting the mark? Discussion/next steps around the […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

15 March 2019

This week I am currently in Canberra ahead of a Council Meeting tomorrow. We also learned last Monday of the passing of a past National President Mr Graham Fricker AM LFAIB. Graham served the institute with distinction for all of his building career and he was our National President from 2001 to […]

ACIF WELCOMES RELEASE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SHERGOLD WEIR REPORT

The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has welcomed the implementation plan for the recommendations of the Shergold Weir report released yesterday.  ACIF commends the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) and the Federal, State and Territory Governments for the release of the implementation plan, albeit 13 months after the release of the Shergold Weir Report in February […]

BMF RELEASES BUILDING CONFIDENCE REPORT

The BMF commissioned the Building Confidence report, an independent expert examination of the broader compliance and enforcement problems within Australia’s building and construction system. The report concluded that there are a number of significant systematic deficiencies with Australia’s building industry culture and Australia’s governance arrangements, and made 24 recommendations to address these (see Table 1).

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AIB – CURRENT ISSUES COMMENT

In the first case in Australia brought against a Member’s company, in relation to aluminium composite panels (ACPs), VCAT apportioned zero costs directly to the builder.

His Honour Judge Woodward, ruled that L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd, the Registered Building Practitioner and AIB Fellow, Jim Moschoyiannis “did not fail to exercise reasonable care in the […]

COALITION BUILDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

Kelly O’Dwyer MP / Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations & Minister for Women

Media Release

COALITION BUILDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

The Coalition Government is determined to see more women in work in Australia’s building and construction industry, our nation’s third largest industry.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

One of the things that I am most look forward to in this role is working with an energetic and strategic thinking National Board – or as we like to call it, National Council. Every now and again in my E News column, I will introduce you to a Council member so you can get […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

This week has seen a significant amount of AIB representation at activities focussed on cladding. I have had a few days involvement in the public arena with the assistance of our CEO Greg Hughes.

Grenfell Towers

I started the week last Monday attending a presentation hosted at RMIT’s School of Property, Construction and Project Management […]

THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT – WEEK THAT WAS …

This week saw the NSW State Government release the final report from the independent investigation into Sydney’s Opal Tower issue/s.

As articulated by the NSW State Government (media release), one of the biggest recommendations related to the report is about ‘registering engineers’. The AIB welcomes Minister Kean’s response as a […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

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 […]

POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD FROM THE BUILDING MINISTERS FORUM

From National President, David Burnell and CEO, Greg Hughes

The AIB was last week invited to attend and present to the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) in Hobart along with 21 other industry and employer groups as a follow up to the last meeting held in August 2018.

Our task was to report on … […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM COMMUNIQUE

8 February 2019

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met today in Hobart to discuss progress with priority issues relating to the safety of Australian buildings, and public confidence in the building and construction industry.

Ministers discussed recent events at Opal Tower in Sydney and the Neo200 building in Melbourne and the impact on residents, owners […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I am genuinely looking forward to working a full and productive year alongside National President, David Burnell. Of particular note this year will be initiatives such as:

-The trial of a National Mentoring program -A more streamlined Professional Excellence Awards program -The establishment of an online forum with the National President -The staging of […]

ABCC LAUNCHES CASE AGAINST CFMMEU IN NT OVER THREATS AND INTIMIDATION AT PALMERSTON POLICE STATION SITE

The ABCC has commenced proceedings against the CFMMEU and six of its Queensland-based officials alleging they intimidated NT Worksafe Inspectors and demanded that the head contractor shut down construction at the Palmerston Police Station site.

The case, which has been filed in the Federal Court in Darwin, means that the ABCC currently has a case […]

AIB MEMBERS RECEIVE 2019 AUSTRALIAN HONOURS

The Australian Honours system celebrates individuals who rise above the everyday and mark the extraordinary in our society. Awards were announced on Australia Day 2019.

Members of the AIB received the following awards, Congratulations to:

Brian Seidler – AM FAIB  For significant service to the building and construction industry through professional organisations. New South Wales

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As the industry starts to waken for another year and we get rid of the sand between our toes from the family break, a couple of things to mention first up.

The 2019 Professional Excellence in Building Awards is now in full swing – but get ready, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT! By this, […]

QUEENSLAND’S BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SET FOR FURTHER REFORM 2019

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni said that maintaining confidence in Queensland’s $46 billion a year industry was paramount in the wake of concerns raised over the structural integrity of NSW high rise apartment development, Opal.

“A strong industry, employing hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders is vitally important,” Mr de Brenni said. […]

HOME OWNERS FIRST WITH ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DODGY CERTIFIERS

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Home  owners will be  better  protected from dodgy  certifiers under  the  NSW Government’s zero tolerance approach to the cowboys in the industry.

Minister for Better  Regulation Matt Kean  revealed a four point strategy, that  builds on recent legislation and  strong penalties, in an effort to fix Labor’s bungled privatisation of certifiers.

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BUILDING INDUSTRY FAIRNESS REFORMS

Background

On 10 November 2017, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) introduced a suite of reforms to ensure Queenslanders who work in our building and construction industry are paid for the work they do. On 11 September 2018, amendments to clarify some of the provisions under these reforms commenced. […]

SECURITY OF PAYMENTS RECOMMENDATIONS

The Liberal National Government has welcomed a report urging the Western Australian Government to adopt key recommendations to ensure subcontractors working in the state’s construction industry feel more confident about being paid on time.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the report from John Fiocco, which recognises the need for greater national […]

AN EVEN TOUGHER CONSTRUCTION COP ON THE BEAT

The Coalition Government is strengthening the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) with $3.7 million over four years from 2019-20 in additional funding and resources to boost its ability to enforce the rule of law on building and construction sites.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said that since it […]

INDUSTRY CALLS FOR POLITICAL PARTIES AND INDEPENDENTS TO COMMIT TO SENATE NCBP REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

The Building Products Industry Council (BPIC) supports the recommendations by the Senate Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products Final Report. The report is a reflection of many of the industry’s concerns about nonconforming building products (NCBPs) and the demonstrable harm they are doing to the public and the sector.

“In the lead up to the federal […]

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS NEED TO GO

Labor Senator Chris Ketter has today tabled the Senate Economics References Committee Report into Non-conforming Building Products: The need for a coherent and robust regulatory regime.

The final report hands down thirteen recommendations around national consistency and regulation, better consultative and reporting mechanisms and border protection.

This inquiry has run over two Parliaments, during which […]

CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK: MAJOR CONSTRUCTION TO FURTHER BUILD ON HIGH BASE OF ACTIVITY

Building on a high base, Australia’s leading construction companies are projecting further expansion in the value of major non- residential project work in 2018-19 and 2019-20, according to the latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey released today. However, the pace of growth is expected to moderate as total infrastructure investment moves closer […]

QLD Government Releases Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure – Principles for BIM Implementation

The Queensland Government has released its approach to the consistent and progressive implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on major government infrastructure projects.

The Digital Enablement for Queensland Infrastructure – principles for BIM implementation can be found here – www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/bim

In 2017, the government released the Building Information Modelling – draft policy […]

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION FIGURES CONTINUE TO SOAR

Tasmania’s building and construction sector is going from strength to strength, and the latest ABS figures confirm Tasmania has recorded the highest growth rate in the nation with respect to new residential construction.

The Construction Work Done preliminary figures for the September 2018 quarter, showed a 31.7 per cent increase in the value of new […]

NSW ADOPTS COMMONWEALTH SECURITY OF PAYMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

The Coalition Government welcomes legislation passing through the New South Wales Parliament to protect subcontractors working in the state’s construction industry.

The reforms in NSW adopt key recommendations of the national Review of Security of Payment Laws. Conducted by John Murray AM, the Review made 86 recommendations to improve protections for small businesses and address […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As I alluded to in my last E News column, I can now confirm that we have invested in a new system that will make it significantly easier and smoother when it comes to submitting an entry for the AIB Professional Excellence Awards.

What this means in real terms is ‘Award Force’ will now:

Save […]

Subbies Win With New Laws

Sub-contractors and their families will have better financial security thanks to new laws which passed the NSW Parliament overnight.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the security of payment laws will help stop subbies being left out of pocket for work completed each month.

“All too often we hear about families falling behind or […]

Optus Stadium Named World’s Best In International Awards

Optus Stadium has won the Project of the Year at the world’s leading stadium industry awards, beating out international competition and securing a remarkable 27th accolade since opening in January.

The award, presented at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in London on Tuesday (November 13), recognised Optus Stadium for excellence in a new stadium build or expansion which […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

On the strength of a recent meeting with the office of the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology recently, we were invited back last week to meet with Ian Adam, adviser to Karen Andrews MP and Rodney Harris, Acting Manager, Building Industry Section in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. We met with National […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Last week, myself and National President, David Burnell met with The Hon Karen Andrews’ (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology) adviser at Parliament House to set the scene of the AIB and discuss key issues affecting the industry.

These included:

-Taking action on back of the release of the Shergold Weir Report -Taking action on […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

The importance of cash-flow forecasting 

You may have attended a recent seminar where Ian Desbrow Viewpoint’s Managing Director, ANZ uncovered some harsh truths which for too long the construction sector as a whole has ignored. If you were not, in his speech he focused on the fact that far too many businesses involved in construction […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO (27 September 2018)

At our most recent meeting of National Council and subsequent election of National Office Bearers, I am delighted to announce the following key positions:

National President 2018/2019 – David Burnell FAIB National Senior Vice President 2018/2019 – Graham Teede OAM FAIB National Vice President 2018/2019 – Claire Vervaart FAIB National Vice President 2018/2019 John Gaskin […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO (13 September 2018)

With the recent Federal Government reshuffle, a number of new Ministers are now responsible for building construction policy and regulation. Karen Andrews MP is now the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Michael McCormack MP is the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Alan Tudge MP is the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure […]

NATIONAL LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

MEDIA RELEASE

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL LEADERS ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 7 September) announced the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

Held at the National Arboretum in Canberra, guests heard how the judging panel was seriously impressed with the quality of the winning […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO (30 August 2018)

I recently attended a meeting of industry stakeholders in Canberra where we reviewed the work the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has been undertaking with regard to developing a consistent structure across all three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC)

I think you would agree that the Code and its contents while exceptionally helpful, […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I was delighted at the most recent meeting of National Council where our leaders signed off on the Institute’s new Strategic Plan.

In essence the plan commits to working with our leaders of tomorrow in the building and construction industry. It is designed to grow the Value Proposition and to continue to ensure that we […]

BUILDING MINISTERS WORK TOWARDS A BETTER, SAFER FUTURE

Australia’s Building Ministers have agreed to develop an implementation plan for reforms aimed at ensuring the safety of the building and construction sector.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy said the implementation plan is in response to the Building Confidence Report, an industry reform paper commissioned by the Australian […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM CALLS FOR MANDATORY PERMANENT LABELLING OF CLADDING PRODUCTS

The NSW Government, along with the Commonwealth and other states and territories, has called for mandatory permanent labelling of cladding products, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said.

State and Territory Building Ministers and the Commonwealth supported the move at the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF), held in Adelaide yesterday.

The Ministers agreed to the proposal […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

10 AUGUST 2018 – COMMUNIQUÉ

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met in South Australia at the Adelaide Oval today.

Ministers commenced the day with an Industry Forum with a number of peak industry groups and professional associations to discuss their views on the ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Nominations are now open for the election of our National Office Bearers (2018/2019) which will take place on 7 September at our next face to face meeting in Canberra.

Nominations will be called for:

National President (1 position) National Senior Vice President (1 position) National Vice President (2 positions) To nominate, you must be either a current […]

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Victorian and Tasmanian Chapters of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 20 July) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

This year, guests heard how the judging panel was impressed with the quality of submissions overall.

Jury Chair, Dino Krommydas said “This year’s nominees have once again demonstrated that […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Last week we hosted the inaugural Hong Kong Professional Excellence Awards at the Hong Kong Sheraton Towers Hotel. While the number of entries for the first time event was modest, the enthusiasm and excitement in the room was high with a really good outcome at the end of the night.

On a membership note, can […]

ABCC LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HELP SECURE SUBCONTRACTORS’ PAYMENTS

Media Release: 17 July 2018 ABCC launches campaign to help secure subcontractors’ payments

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Stephen McBurney today launched a national campaign aimed at security of payments for subcontractors in the building and construction sector.

Mr McBurney said the issue of late payment or non-payment of subcontractors’ money was widespread and […]

CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK: SOLID PIPELINE TO LIFT COSTS AND TEST CAPACITY

SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018 Construction Outlook: Solid pipeline to lift costs and test capacity

Australia’s leading construction companies are forecasting a continued solid uplift in major non-residential project work over the course of 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey released today.

After recovering by 5.2% in […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Tuesday 19 June, the National President Paul Heather and myself along with a number of other key players including former AIB National President Bob Whittaker and representatives from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors secured a meeting with the Building Minister’s Forum Chair and Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig […]

A PERSONAL LETTER FROM DAVID CHANDLER, OAM FAIB

Important Industry and Academic Engagement Event – Tuesday 10th July   Dear Industry Colleagues,

I am writing to you in my capacity as industry engagement lead, for the Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University. The Centre’s Roundtable event on the 10th July, is an important opportunity for all who have an interest […]

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Western Australia Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Saturday 23 June 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a gala dinner at Crown Perth, guests heard how the judging panel was provided with a showcase […]

SHERGOLD WEIR REPORT TIMELY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE TRAGEDY

The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) notes that the recent anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London is a timely reminder of the need for consistent and effective regulation and licensing in the construction industry to ensure the safety and quality of our built environment.

The report of Professor Peter Shergold AC and Bronwyn […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

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 […]

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 8 June 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As we travel around the country for the Awards program this year, I have had a chance to reflect on why people enter our Professional Excellence Awards (PEA’s) program. Perhaps:

– In the first instance, they and or their firm are extremely proud of a body of work that has been completed – For this […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

While in Melbourne recently for DesignBuild, I attended the latest Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Forecast breakfast. The Forecasts cover residential, non-residential and engineering construction and show the prospects for construction for 20 sub-sectors within these three main categories. There are also state, capital city and rest of state break-downs as well as projections for […]

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED

The Hon Craig Laundy MP Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Member for Reid

MEDIA RELEASE 21 May 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED The Turnbull Government today released the final report of the Review of Security of Payment Laws, undertaken by Mr John Murray AM, […]

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 18 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

The much anticipated report authored by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn, titled “Building Confidence, Improving the Effectiveness of Compliance and Enforcement Systems for the Building and Construction Industry Across Australia” has been released to the building and construction and the broader community. The AIB contributed to this report and ultimately to the recommendations that were the result […]

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 4 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests (including His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia) heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ […]

BUILDING MINISTER’S FORUM COMMUNIQUÉ

27 April 2018

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) held its first meeting for 2018 today in Melbourne, to decide on a range of significant measures that will benefit the Australian building, plumbing and construction industry and the wider Australian community.

Ministers welcomed Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir’s final report ‘Building Confidence – […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

We are only a matter of weeks away to our first Professional Excellence in Building Awards event for 2018. South Australia is the first cab off the rank (4th May) who have a significantly greater number of entries this year as opposed to last. The nights are always a great networking event as well an […]

NEW RESEARCH: WOOD A KEY PLANK IN THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BRINGING NATURE INTO THE OFFICE

MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 2018

Builders and specifiers looking to construct buildings that boost worker productivity should consider using more of one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable materials in their office fit-outs: wood.

That’s the takeout from world-first research by strategic market research firm Pollinate and the University of Canberra.

Based on a survey […]

INDUSTRY ON NOTICE: LICENCE REQUIREMENTS TO BE STRENGTHENED TO SUPPORT BUILDING QUALITY

The ACT Government is putting the building industry on notice in response to community feedback regarding building quality across the territory.

Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay said with the increase in the number of building approvals in the capital, particularly multi-unit developments, this is an opportune time for the industry to ensure they are […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I trust you had a relaxing Easter break with your family. It is always a special time of year.

We have recently been meeting with the Conference Curator for Constructing Our World 2019 Robyn Hardy and our Professional Conference Organisers. The meetings have been productive and things are certainly shaping up to deliver […]

STANDARDISING BIM OBJECTS

Thursday, 12 April 2018

STANDARDISING BIM OBJECTS

BIM Object standardisation is now achievable with the release of the NATSPEC BIM Object Properties Generator.

A new tool that supports the standardisation of BIM Objects across the Australian construction industry is now available. The key issue currently restricting the exchange and interoperability of BIM Objects between disciplines […]

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) recently met with Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in Canberra ahead of its first Forum for 2018 to discuss how BIM can support the urban infrastructure and smart cities agenda.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

While it comes around all too quickly, can I take this opportunity to ensure that you renew your membership with the Institute.

The reality is that without your support, we would not be in a position to:

• Deliver events and activities around the country • Deliver continuing professional development programs – both face […]

DR PHILLIPPA CARNEMOLLA TAKES HOME 2018 NAWIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

DR PHILLIPPA CARNEMOLLA TAKES HOME 2018 NAWIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP

Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, an industrial designer, researcher and design educator, has been awarded the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship.

The scholarship, valued at $20,000 and presented at a breakfast in Sydney on 27 […]

INSTALLATION OF SAFETY-CRITICAL FASTENERS ATTRACTS ATTENTION

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

INSTALLATION OF SAFETY-CRITICAL FASTENERS ATTRACTS ATTENTION

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has recently shared information with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) about sub-standard installation of safety-critical fasteners in concrete substrates.

Inspectors from the QBCC and WHSQ work closely together and regularly exchange information about concerns or deficiencies observed […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Saturday, 3 March 2018 saw the first face to face meeting of National Council for 2018. This particular meeting was seen as an important forum to essentially set a blueprint for the next twenty four to thirty six months in a strategic planning sense. We welcomed Claire Vervaart to the table as the new Tasmanian […]

PRODUCT SPECIFICATION PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Thursday, 15 March 2018

PRODUCT SPECIFICATION PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Please be advised that the WaterMark Administration has recently received a number of proposals for amendments to Product Specifications for adoption into the WaterMark Certification Scheme. These include the following:-

• WMTS-050 Prefabricated bathroom modules • WMTS-012 In-line valves for use in plumbing water supply system: […]

BANNED BUILDER MATTHEW GEOFFREY RIXON JAILED

Friday, 2 March 2018

BANNED BUILDER MATTHEW GEOFFREY RIXON JAILED

Banned builder Matthew Geoffrey Rixon has been sentenced to 18 months jail for contempt of court, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said today.

Rixon, 33, pleaded guilty to contempt of court for breaching NSW Supreme Court orders made in April […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I was pleased to see the reinvigoration of the National Membership Services Committee and now under the Chairmanship of David Burnell (National Senior Vice President). David was with the team at the National Office in Canberra recently where discussion took place on a whole range of issues. Notwithstanding some of David’s priorities, discussion included (but […]

2018-2019 AIB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Please settle your subscription by the 31st March to ensure that we can continue to deliver services to both you and the wider profession.

How to pay:

Pay online using your credit card: Payments by Visa or MasterCard online through the member login area of the AIB website do not attract a handling fee.  Logon […]

FALSE CLAIMS UP IN FLAMES AS COMPANY PAYS PENALTY (QLD)

A Sydney based company and its director have entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Between 2 July 2015 and 20 January 2016, Peter Jones, director of Fire Combat Australia Pty Ltd (which previously traded as Modakboard), imported and sold fire-resistant […]

APARTMENTS IN SYDNEY SUBURBS 2017-2023 MARKET BRIEF (NSW)

The Sydney suburban apartment market has experienced a significant rise in purchaser activity and price growth in recent years. Strong population growth and an existing dwelling undersupply, coupled with low interest rates supported strong dwelling demand. Rising prices attracted significant investor activity to the market and drove robust off-the-plan sales volumes. However, there are challenges […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

It’s hard to believe that we are already into the second month of a new year!

Don’t forget that nominations and submissions (combined) close for this year’s Professional Excellence Awards at the end of the month. That means you must have both parts of ‘the process’ completed and in the hands of the team here […]

MACKAY COMPANIES CALLED TO TENDER FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS (QLD)

MACKAY COMPANIES CALLED TO TENDER FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS (QLD)

Mackay building companies are encouraged to tender to build new office space for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service under the Queensland Government’s new procurement strategy. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said Buy Queensland, which came into effect 1 September 2017, was a fantastic initiative for local businesses […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I am happy to announce that the AIB will host Constructing Our World in 2019.

The conference under the watchful eye of Conference Curator Robyn Hardy, will build on the conference that was held in Auckland early last year. It will feature an array of cutting edge presenters that will look at People, Process and Framework and […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I trust you had a great break and that you are inspired and re energised for another year.

2018 will be another big year for the AIB with a number of new initiatives coming on line:

We have the launched the inaugural 2018 Professional Excellence in Building Awards in Hong Kong. Whilst it will be […]

APPOINTMENT OF ABCC COMMISSIONER

The Australian Government has today announced the appointment of Mr Stephen McBurney as the Commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) for a five-year term commencing on 6 February 2018.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said Mr McBurney has been appointed following a merit-based selection process.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

It’s been a busy couple of weeks as we continue to edge closer to Christmas. Last Wednesday I attended an Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) meeting in Canberra where we spent the morning with a number of senior politicians including:

Angus Taylor – Assistant Minister for Cities and the Digital Transformation. I asked the Assistant […]

STATE OF THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION MARKET: PART II

As a second-generation builder, Prof Heather first visited construction sites with his father at the tender age of four.

During his professional career over the past forty-five years, he’s remained just as close to the industry working across the residential, industry, commercial, retail, mining and major infrastructure sectors.

Joining AIB as a corporate member in […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

Today, Building Ministers held a special meeting to discuss progress with the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Building and Construction Industry across Australia being undertaken by independent experts, Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir.

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) commissioned this work at its June 2017 meeting and once […]

CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS AND BUILDING HAS JUST PUBLISHED ITS LATEST ISSUE

Latest issue of Construction Economics and Building is at: https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/AJCEB

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I just wanted to take this opportunity to firstly thank the small, but dedicated team who gave freely of their time at last week’s Strategic Planning Meeting in Canberra. There was an extraordinary amount of energy in the room and I look forward to bringing you some of the outcomes in the near future after […]

BUILDING APPROVALS GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Building approvals are going through the roof, signifying business and investor confidence in Tasmania under the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Recent ABS statistics show that Tasmanian building approvals for dwelling units for October 2017 increased by 4.3 per cent from the previous month. This means more homes and more jobs for Tasmanians.

In addition, building approvals […]

TAKING ACTION ON CLADDING

The Andrews Labor Government will take action to prevent the use of combustible cladding on Victorian buildings as part of the most significant overhaul of the building sector in decades.

The Government today released the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Chairs’ interim report, which outlines the extent of combustible cladding on buildings and makes significant recommendations to […]

PLUMBING INDUSTRY LEADER APPOINTED TO VBA BOARD

Longstanding and highly respected plumbing and fire protection industry leader Carmel Coate has been appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Board.

In announcing Ms Coate’s appointment, VBA Chief Commissioner Dr Owen Donald, said the new Commissioner brought extensive experience in the plumbing sector to the role, having been National Executive Director of […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As I mentioned earlier, next week will see a number of outspoken and committed AIB members meet in Canberra to craft a long overdue and new Strategic Plan for the Australian Institute of Building. This will set a roadmap for us over the next couple of years which will address new opportunities both from a […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

The third Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) for 2017 held in Brisbane on Friday, 6 October 2017, continued to drive decisive action on potentially hazardous aluminium cladding and other efforts to improve the compliance and safety of Australian buildings.

BMF Ministers recognise the public safety concern and clear risk arising around the use of cladding that […]

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FINED OVER WORKER’S SPINAL INJURIES (NSW)

A Sydney construction company has been fined $300,000 for failing to properly manage a faulty gate which fell on a worker, fracturing her lower spine and pelvis, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said.

It is the third time SafeWork NSW has prosecuted Ceerose Pty Ltd for failures in workplace safety, including one incident which […]

2018 AIB NOMINATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Nominations and Submissions are NOW OPEN for the 2018 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards! 

Nominations close 2 February 2018 Submissions close 2 March 2018

For more information, please visit https://aib.org.au/your-institute/professional-excellence-awards/

 

LATEST ACIF FORECASTS RELEASED

Construction Industry Leaders Forecast a Healthy Recovery in Non-Residential Building Activity

The latest industry forecasts to be released today by the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) foreshadow that the decline in the work done in the building and construction industries will slow over the next three years, with an upswing predicted from 2019-20. After some […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

At the most recent meeting of National Council – last Thursday (26/10) it was agreed that the organisation would embark on the development of a new Strategic Plan. I am sure you would agree that most organisations cannot rely with any great confidence in forward planning without a Strategic Plan.

Later this month, a Taskforce […]

NEW INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITY INITIATIVES FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE (SA)

Major public transport projects, metropolitan and regional road projects, and a large-scale expansion of Australia’s first GigCity network top the State Labor Government’s 2017 Infrastructure Australia submission.

Infrastructure Australia – the Federal agency which prioritises national infrastructure projects – is preparing to publish a new Infrastructure Priority List in February next year.

The projects nominated […]

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Just thinking back on some of the outcomes of the most recent face to face meeting of National Council in early September and it was resolved to look at ways of improving our Professional Excellence Awards. With this, it was agreed that following the success of the combined NSW/ACT Awards this year, we would again […]

NSW GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY WORK TOGETHER TO CUT POWER BILLS THROUGH BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY (NSW)

3rd October 2017

The insulation industry has welcomed the opportunity to work with the New South Wales Government to reduce household power bills through improved energy efficiency in the state.

Through a partnership with the insulation industry, the NSW Government will ensure installers taking part in its programs are fully qualified to install insulation safely and to […]

BUILDING QUEENSLAND INVOLVED IN MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PROPOSALS (QLD)

2nd October 2017

Building Queensland has been involved in the development of approximately 50 proposals – more than double that of the previous financial year, its 2016-17 Annual Report shows. Acting Minister for Infrastructure Leeanne Enoch said the demand for Building Queensland’s advice and assistance was growing. “Building Queensland continues to work closely with government agencies […]

ADELAIDE WILL BE GREENER AND COOLER THANKS TO WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN GRANTS (SA)

4th October 2017

Adelaide will be cooler, greener and more resilient to climate change thanks to urban project grants worth more than $710,000.

The projects promote water sensitive urban design (WSUD), an innovative approach to incorporating the whole water cycle in our towns and cities, including capturing and re-using rainwater to help prepare our communities for […]

VIBRANT NEW PRECINCT FOR RHODES EAST (VIC)

15th September 2017

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts has announced a new plan for Rhodes East, creating a vibrant place to live and work.

The draft Priority Precinct Plan for Rhodes East has the potential for up to 3,600 new homes, including affordable housing close to transport, a new school, community facilities, shops, […]

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONSTRUCTION BLITZ (VIC)

14th September 2017

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says drivers and public transport passengers are being urged to plan ahead these school holidays, with work ramping up on major transport projects across Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government will use the quieter school holiday period for another construction blitz on the Metro Tunnel, CityLink-Tulla Widening, […]

GIVING OUR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THE TOOLS TO BE OK (WA)

14th September 2017

This R U OK?Day, the McGowan Government will fly the MATES in Construction flag at Parliament House and provide $310,000 in funding to raise mental health awareness among construction and FIFO workers.

MATES in Construction, a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers, will […]

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL LEADERS ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING (FED)

8th September 2017

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) announced the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2017 last Saturday 2 September.

At a sold out gala dinner at The Sofitel in Brisbane, guests heard how the judging panel was ‘blown away’ with the quality of the winning works from previous state and territory […]

AUSTRALIA MUST BAN CLADDING OF TYPE LINKED TO GRENFELL DISASTER, INQUIRY FINDS (FED)

6th September 2017

Australia must immediately ban the type of flammable cladding linked to the Grenfell disaster in London and Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, an inquiry has found.

The use of polyethylene composite panels has been under intense scrutiny in Australia since the Grenfell disaster in London, which killed at least 80 people in June.

Australia […]

TENDERS CALLED FOR NEW APPRENTICE MENTORING PROGRAM (FED)

7th September 2017

The Turnbull Government is taking another important step in its plan to help thousands of Australians complete apprenticeships and traineeships to secure jobs and careers. Tenders are being called to provide intensive early support for apprentices and trainees, as part of the Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program. Assistant Minister […]

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS (FED)

6th September 2017

Senator KETTER (Queensland) (17:13): I present an interim report of the Economics References Committee on non-conforming building products.

Non-conforming building products (FED)

$397M CONVENTION CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT COMPLETE AS EAST BUILDING OPENS (SA)

30th August 2017

Premier, Jay Weatherill, says the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment is officially complete, paving the way for thousands of conventions and events, and expected to generate almost $2 billion dollars in economic activity and support 1,200 ongoing jobs. “The Stage Two East Building – the final element of the $397 million redevelopment – […]

HIGHEST HOUSING APPROVALS CONTINUE FOR NSW (NSW)

30th August 2017

Housing approvals in NSW continue at historic highs with 70,897 residential building approvals over the past year, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the rate of building approvals and completions in NSW was unprecedented and showed the NSW […]

WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CREATE JOBS AND INVESTMENT BOOM (FED)

31st August 2017

Western Sydney Airport will generate tens of thousands of jobs – thousands more than previously estimated – according to new modelling from Ernst and Young.

By 2031 – five years after the airport is scheduled to open – Western Sydney Airport will have delivered an estimated 28,000 additional jobs both inside the […]

NSW HOUSING COMPLETIONS SMASH STATE RECORD (NSW)

12th July 2017

New housing completions in NSW have reached an all-time high, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest quarterly building activity data.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the data shows 64,824 homes were completed in NSW in the year to March 2017 – a seven per cent increase on […]

NEW CHAIR ANNOUNCED FOR NT PLANNING COMMISSION (NT)

13th July 2017

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today announced Dr David Ritchie as the new Chair of the Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC).

Ms Manison said the Territory Labor Government is determined to restore trust in Government and will review planning in its first term, to provide certainty for the community.

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OUTBACK QUEENSLAND COMPANIES CALLED TO TENDER FOR HOUSING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT (QLD)

13th July 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has called on eligible construction companies to tender for the construction of new government employee housing in Richmond, Winton and Hughenden.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that this project was part of the $168.5 million investment announced in this year’s budget in new and […]

SYDNEY SKYSCRAPER SUMMIT PRESENTS THE LATEST GLOBAL CONCEPTS FOR TALL BUILDINGS (NSW)

5th July 2017

A major summit in August focusing on the role of skyscrapers in global cities has been organised by the Urban Taskforce.

“As a support partner to the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Sydney conference in November, the Urban Taskforce has organised next month’s SYDNEY SKYSCRAPER SUMMIT to encourage community […]

STATE-WIDE CLADDING AUDIT UNDERWAY (WA)

4th July 2017

Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today confirmed the Building Commission is broadening its audit of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The new audit scope includes all high-risk, high-rise buildings in WA that have cladding attached. Permit authority certification records will be used to identify buildings […]

MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ON ROAD TO RECOVERY (FED)

29th June 2017

The latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey released today has reported that after three years of declining major project work, the nation’s leading construction companies are forecasting a recovery in engineering and non-residential building activity for the rest of the 2017 calendar year and in 2018.

After dropping sharply by […]

GRENFELL FIRE CAUSES AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS TO BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (FED)

29th June 2017

Two weeks on from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, and nearly 3 years since the Lacrosse apartment building fire in Melbourne, Australian governments have still not taken effective action to protect the public.

While the exact cause of the Grenfell fire will take many months of investigation and inquiry to determine, […]

PRICING REFORM LAYS FOUNDATIONS FOR FAIRER HII SCHEME (WA)

27th June 2017

Pricing reform lays foundations for fairer HII scheme

Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced a pricing reform to Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance (HII) scheme.

Large volume and multi-unit project builders will have to pay a premium increase as of Monday 2 October 2017.

The increase is required to ensure the HII scheme […]

HOUSING CONSTRUCTION JOBS PROGRAM OPEN FOR BUSINESS (QLD)

14th June 2017

Housing Construction Jobs Program open for business

The Palaszczuk Government has called on builders, developers and community housing providers to be part of building new social and affordable housing projects as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Expressions of […]

FUNDING BOOST FOR DUBBO (NSW)

14th June 2017

Funding Boost for Dubbo

The Dubbo community will benefit from a $4 million funding boost from the NSW Government, which will ensure vital infrastructure is in place for new homes to accommodate its growing population. Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the NSW Government would use the Housing Acceleration Fund to […]

APPROVAL TO START WORK ON CROSS RIVER RAIL (QLD)

14th June 2017

Approval to start work on Cross River Rail

The Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has approved the demolition of the GoPrint site at Woolloongabba to make way for Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority Cross River Rail.

In announcing the approval of early works, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it marked the […]

TASMANIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO ADOPT WOOD-BUILDING POLICY

7 June 2017

Tasmania becomes first state to adopt wood-­first building policy (TAS)

The Minister for Resources, Building and Construction, the Honorable Guy Barnett, has announced today that Tasmania will be the first state in Australia to introduce a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). The WEP aims to ensure that sustainably sourced timber is fully considered […]

BETTER SAFETY ON CBR’S LIGHT RAIL PROJECT (ACT)

4 June 2017

Better Safety on CBR’s Light Rail Project (ACT)

With the ACT Government undertaking the largest infrastructure project in the territory’s history through the light rail network, further investment will be made in the upcoming 2017-18 ACT Budget to improve safety during the construction of stage one.

“The light rail network is the biggest […]

24,000 FIRST HOMEBUYERS A YEAR TO BENEFIT FROM STAMP DUTY RELIEF (NSW)

3 June 2017

24,000 First Homebuyers a Year to Benefit From Stamp Duty Relief (NSW)

The NSW Government’s new stamp duty concessions are expected to support around 24,000 people trying to get a foot on the property ladder, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

The Government this week announced it would help first homebuyers through a raft […]

LOCAL REGION WIND FARM COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION (ACT)

2 June 2017

Local Region Wind Farm Commences Construction (ACT)

A major milestone in the ACT’s push towards 100% renewable electricity takes place this week with construction commencing on Crookwell 2 wind farm’s 28 turbines, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“The farm will generate over 300,000 megawatt-hours per year of clean, […]

METRO TUNNEL WORKS RAMP UP ON ST KILDA ROAD (VIC)

21 May 2017

Metro Tunnel Works Ramp up on St Kilda Road

Work on new tracks that will carry trams around the massive Domain construction site will ramp up next month as part of the Andrews Labor Government $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced the start of major work on the […]

FIRST BRIDGE TOWER TAKES IT’S PLACE ON SYDNEY METRO (NSW)

22 May 2017

First Bridge Tower takes it’s Place on Sydney Metro

The first tower for Sydney Metro’s iconic railway bridge at Rouse Hill has been lifted into place in a precision operation overnight.

Two large cranes lifted the 210 tonne tower early this morning on the bridge deck over Windsor Road, before it was bolted […]

WORLD’S LARGEST ROTATING SEATING PLATFORM INSTALLED AT ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE (SA)

23 May 2017

World’s Largest Rotating Seating Platform Installed at Adelaide Convention Centre

The world’s largest rotating seating platform has been installed in the Adelaide Convention Centre’s new East Building, marking the latest milestone for Stage Two of the $397 million redevelopment.

The two 18-metre revolving drums can be rotated 180 degrees within minutes, allowing the building […]

TEMPORARY FIRST HOME OWNER BOOST TO END TO ASSIST WITH BUDGET REPAIR (WA)

17 May 2017

Temporary First Home Owner Boost to end to Assist with Budget Repair (WA)

Treasurer and Finance Minister Ben Wyatt today announced the temporary boost to the first home owner grant will cease on June 30, 2017.

The boost – announced by the previous government in December 2016 – increases the first home owner […]

WESTERN SYDNEY HOUSING PACKAGE TO DELIVER MORE HOMES IN RIGHT LOCATIONS (FED)

16 May 2017

Western Sydney Housing Package to deliver more homes in right locations

A Housing Package for Western Sydney will offer incentive payments to local councils to deliver housing supply in the right locations.

The Federal Government, New South Wales Government and eight local councils will be working together through the Western Sydney City Deal […]

A BUDGET FOR HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

11 May 2017

A Budget for Housing and Infrastructure

Throughout the lead up to the 2017/18 federal budget the government has gone to considerable lengths to promote two key elements of their policy agenda: housing affordability and transformational infrastructure. These two policy areas are fundamental to the residential building industry and the renewed focus is a […]

RIVERWAY DRIVE DUPLICATION ONE STEP CLOSER AS CONSTRUCTION TENDER IS AWARDED (QLD)

2 May 2017

Riverway Drive duplication one step closer as construction tender is awarded (QLD)

BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract to duplicate a three-kilometre section of Riverway Drive, between Gollogly and Allambie lanes. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said construction would start in late May on the busy […]

SUPPORTING OUR GROWING SUBURBS (VIC)

2 May 2017

Supporting our growing suburbs (VIC)

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins, says the Andrews Labor Government is working to meet the needs of Victorians living in Melbourne’s growing suburbs. The Growing Suburbs Fund will receive $50 million over two years to help build important community projects across Melbourne’s outer suburbs. The Fund is vital […]

MORE JOBS AND HOMES AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK (NSW)

5 May 2017

More Jobs and Homes at Sydney Olympic Park (NSW)

Hundreds of jobs and homes will be part of the growing Sydney Olympic Park following approval for new residential and business development. Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the approved 39-storey building would be a mix of offices, ground floor retail space, 229 […]

AUSTRALIAN PCI®: CONSTRUCTION MAINTAINS GROWTH IN APRIL (FED)

5 May 2017

Australian PCI®: Construction Maintains Growth in April (FED)

The national construction industry continued to expand in April, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) increasing by 0.7 points to 51.9 (readings above 50 indicate expansion in activity, with the distance from 50 indicating the strength of the increase). […]

CITY DEAL TO DELIVER A VIBRANT LAUNCESTON (FED)

20 April 2017

City Deal to deliver a vibrant Launceston (FED)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, says the Commonwealth, Tasmania and Launceston City Council have signed an historic City Deal to create jobs, boost wages and drive a strong economic future for the North. The centrepiece of the deal is the $260 million commitment to move the […]

$20m FOR ALICE REVIATALISATION – JOBS AND STRONGER COMMUNITY (NT)

24 April 2017

$20m for Alice revitalisation – jobs and stronger community (NT)

The Alice Springs CBD will have $20M allocated in Budget 17 to bring it to life and attract people into town. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Budget 2017 invests in the Territory’s future in jobs, children and community and this key CBD project […]

NEW BUILDING DISPUTES UMPIRE ON THE BEAT (VIC)

26 April 2017

New building disputes umpire on the beat (VIC)

Victorians now have a free service to help them resolve their building disputes quickly and without stress. Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) is an independent agency that will act as a mediator to deal with contested building projects on behalf of both builders and […]

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FINED AFTER WORKER INJURED IN FALL (NSW)

11 April 2017

Construction Company Fined After Worker Injured in Fall (NSW)

A Sydney construction company has been fined $135,000 after a 49-year-old worker was injured in February 2015. Karimbla Constructions Services (NSW) Pty Ltd was fined following an incident in which the man suffered head, spinal and chest injuries after falling three metres down […]

EARLY WORKS UNDERWAY ON ECHUCA-MOAMA BRIDGE (FED)

EARLY WORKS UNDERWAY ON ECHUCA-MOAMA BRIDGE (FED)

Early works on the Echuca-Moama Bridge project are kicking off, with test drilling for pylon placement now underway for the new bridge. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project would deliver a much-needed second Murray River crossing in the region, bringing New South Wales […]

BIDS IN FOR BIGGEST PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROJECT IN STATE’S HISTORY (VIC)

BIDS IN FOR BIGGEST PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROJECT IN STATE’S HISTORY (VIC)

The bids for the Metro Tunnel and five new stations are in, as work ramps up on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history. Acting Premier Jacinta Allan today announced that the final bids for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private […]

RESEARCH INTO SAFETY CULTURE TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ACT CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (ACT)

RESEARCH INTO SAFETY CULTURE TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ACT CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (ACT)

Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Rachel Stephen Smith, says a new research project to evaluate the safety culture within Canberra’s construction industry commenced today. This is part of an ongoing commitment from the ACT Government to improve safety on worksites and […]

CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS AND BUILDING HAS JUST PUBLISHED ITS LATEST ISSUE

CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS AND BUILDING HAS JUST PUBLISHED ITS LATEST ISSUE

Latest issue of Construction Economics and Building is at:

http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/AJCEB/index

New report shows continued growth in applications from prospective higher education providers

NEW REPORT SHOWS CONTINUED GROWTH IN APPLICATIONS FROM PROSPECTIVE HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS (FED)

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has released its quarterly report highlighting continued interest from new providers wishing to enter Australia’s higher education sector. The report, Prospective higher education providers update, shows consistent growth in the number of organisations seeking […]

Sydney’s housing crisis needs strong actions to maximise supply (NSW)

 

SYDNEY’S HOUSING CRISIS NEEDS STRONG ACTIONS TO MAXIMISE SUPPLY (NSW)

With indicators showing a slow-down in housing approvals in Sydney some strong actions are needed to boost supply and help with affordability, says the Urban Taskforce. “Global reports list Sydney as the second least affordable city in the world and strong actions are needed […]

ABS Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, December 2016

ABS Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, December 2016

The trend estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done fell 4.5% in the December 2016 quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done fell 2.1% in the December quarter to $19,695.4m. The trend estimate for the value of work […]

JOBS FLOW SOON FROM NQ MEGA-PROJECTS (QLD)

21 March 2017

Jobs Flow Soon From NQ Mega-Projects

A pipeline of more than 1000 North Queensland jobs will be flowing by the fourth quarter of this year from the $250 million North Queensland Stadium and the $167 million Ravenswood Mine expansion.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham told Parliament today that early works trade […]

$3.4 MILLION PUBLIC HOUSING MAINTENANCE STIMULUS PROGRAM TO BOOST WHYALLA ECONOMY (SA)

20 March 2017

$3.4 Million Public Housing Maintenance Stimulus Program to Boost Whyalla Economy (SA)

The State Government is accelerating $3.4 million worth of social housing maintenance project in Whyalla to stimulate local employment.

The projects will increase employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour, with the employment opportunities open only to Whyalla residents.

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NATIONAL STANDARD ON BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

10 March 2017

NATIONAL STANDARD ON BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

In an Australian first, the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) have this week released the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Knowledge and Skills Framework.

BIM has the potential to revolutionise the Australian construction sector and is […]

AUSTRALIAN PCI®: CONSTRUCTION BOUNCES BACK IN FEBRUARY (FED)

7 March 2017

AUSTRALIAN PCI®: CONSTRUCTION BOUNCES BACK IN FEBRUARY (FED)

Following four months of decline, the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) lifted by 5.4 points to 53.1 in February. It was the highest Australian PCI® reading since mid-2016 (readings below 50 indicate contraction in activity, with the distance […]

TENDER ADVERTISED FOR SCHOOL UPGRADES (TAS)

4 March 2017

TENDER ADVERTISED FOR SCHOOL UPGRADES (TAS)

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, says the Hodgman Liberal Government has a goal to lead the nation in education and to do this we are prioritising investment into our schools and conducting the most extensive capital works in 20 years. Across the forward estimates, our […]

STAMP DUTY ABOLISHED FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS UNDER $600,000 (VIC)

5 March 2017

STAMP DUTY ABOLISHED FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS UNDER $600,000 (VIC)

Stamp duty will be abolished for first home buyers for purchases below $600,000, helping thousands of Victorians find their first home, as the Andrews Labor Government tackles housing affordability head on. Those buying a home valued between $600,000 and $750,000 will also be […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO QUEENSLAND BUILDING PLAN

1 March 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO QUEENSLAND BUILDING PLAN (QLD)

The Palaszczuk Government has extended the deadline for formal written submissions on the Queensland Building Plan. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said he welcomed the response to the Building Plan consultation, with more than 800 people having attended […]

CODE FOR THE TENDERING AND PERFORMANCE OF BULDING WORK AMENDMENT INSTRUMENT 2017

20 February 2017

Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work Amendment Instrument 2017

This instrument amends the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 to align it with amendments made to subsection 34(2E) of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and to provide additional transitional exemptions to assist […]

$2.9 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN BUILDING AN EVEN BETTER CANBERRA

20 February 2017

$2.9 Billion Infrastructure Plan Building an Even Better Canberra

The ACT Government is delivering the largest ever infrastructure investment program for Canberra as part of our commitment to strengthen our growing economy, detailed in the 2016–17 Infrastructure Plan Update.

Over the next four years, the ACT Government will deliver an infrastructure […]

$13 BILLION TOURISM INVESTMENT PIPELINE IN QUEENSLAND TO DELIVER JOBS

15 February 2017

$13 billion tourism investment pipeline in Queensland to deliver jobs

Strong investor confidence in Queensland’s tourism potential has seen the State’s tourism infrastructure pipeline increase to $13 billion in the past year. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said more than 30 significant infrastructure investment projects proposed for development between now and 2022 were valued […]

GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENS BUILDING INDUSTRY REFORMS

15 February 2017

GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENS BUILDING INDUSTRY REFORMS

Tonight, the Senate voted to strengthen the Turnbull Government reforms to the building and construction industry.

Last year, Parliament voted to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission – delivering a tough cop on the beat to enforce the rule of law and ensure unlawful action […]

SENATE PUBLIC HEARING INTO NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS

6 February 2017

Senate Public Hearing into Non-Conforming Building Products

The Economics References Committee conducted a public hearing in Brisbane on Non-conforming building products.  Find attached a copy of the Hansard record for this hearing.

Hansard on Non-Conforming Building Products

WORKS START ON CONSTRUCTION OF DAMS IN APY LANDS

Joint Media Statement 17 January 2017

Works start on construction of dams in APY Lands

Two new dams will be built as part of the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade project Water from the dams will be used during the second stage of construction works between Double Tank and Mimili The upgrade will also […]

OVER $3 BILLION IN NEW HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS FOR PERTH (WA)

Perth and Fremantle are experiencing a game-changing increase in hotel developments that will see nearly 4000 new hotel rooms worth more than $3 billion opening and being built before 2020. Crown Towers Perth is the most recent opening, adding 500 rooms to the market with an investment of over $650 million. The latest hotel intelligence […]

SECURE CONSTRUCTION SITES THIS CHRISTMAS, URGES SAFEWORK NSW

With Christmas just around the corner, SafeWork NSW is urging all local builders and developers to ensure construction sites are secured to prevent trespassers and injuries.

The call comes after a 16 year old boy was hospitalised with neck injuries when he fell 10 metres while trespassing on a construction site at Mosman on 10 […]

ABCC RESTORED AND NON-CODE COMPLIANT ENTERPRISE AGREEMENTS CAN CONTINUE TO TENDER FOR GOVERNMENT WORK UP TO NOVEMBER 2018

Employment &  Work Place News Flash

McKays Solicitors

The Senate has passed the Government’s legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). Having done so, businesses within the construction industry should review their contractual arrangements with contractors and subcontractors, and any current enterprise agreements.

The two Bills, the Building and Construction Industry (Improving […]

BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

14 December 2016 Communiqué

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) met in Perth on 14 December 2016 and agreed on a range of significant measures that will benefit the Australian building, plumbing and construction industry and the wider Australian community. The BMF endorsed the implementation of a package of measures to address the health and safety […]

INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA DELIVERS REALITY CHECK ON VALUE CAPTURE (FED)

The release of ‘Capturing Value: Advice on making value capture work in Australia’ by Infrastructure Australia is a reality check on the ability of value capture to fund Australia’s infrastructure gap. “This is a considered report by Infrastructure Australia which rejects the idea that value capture is a magic pudding which can solve the country’s […]

CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT ALLIANCE CALLS ON MINISTERS TO FAST-TRACK BUILDING PRODUCTS REFORMS (FED)

The Construction Product Alliance (CPA) today called on the meeting of Australian Building Ministers, to be held in Perth on Wednesday 14 December, to fast-track reforms to legislative and administrative processes to address the ongoing issue of non-conforming building products. Speaking about the issue was CPA Steering Committee Chair, Lindsay Le Compte, who said that […]

CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS AND BUILDING HAS JUST PUBLISHED ITS LATEST ISSUE

CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS AND BUILDING HAS JUST PUBLISHED ITS LATEST ISSUE

Construction Economics and Building has just published its latest issue at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/AJCEB/index

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SUBCONTRACTORS TO GET IMPROVED PAYMENT SECURITY (QLD)

The Palaszczuk Government is planning to legislate a new secure payment system to ensure contractors in the building and construction industry get paid in full and on-time. State Government commissioned analysis by Deloitte has quantified the economic impact of contractors not having secure payment in the construction industry. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Deloitte’s […]

NEW TOOL TO HELP REGIONAL COMMUNITIES MANAGE NATURALLY OCCURRING ASBESTOS

The NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) today launched a new educational video for people living and working in regional areas about the risks of naturally occurring asbestos. The video informs people what to look for and how to manage naturally occurring asbestos safely. The video was filmed in Gundagai with the assistance of […]

CONSTRUCTING OUR WORLD – INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

SAVE THE DATE 22—24 MARCH 2017

NZIOB HOSTED International Construction Conference PULLMAN HOTEL AUCKLAND The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL) is hosting our inaugural collective International Construction Conference.

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