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 time and money on administration for the user
  • Create a great experience for our community of entrants and judges of the Awards program
  • See an increase in participation levels of the Awards program
  • Be a system that delivers under pressure

With all of this in mind, we will soon be opening nominations for next year’s Awards with a deadline for submissions of March 2019.

I am also pleased to share with you our new branding for our National Professional Excellence Awards program. This symbolises the ‘building blocks’ of our organisation as we continue to grow and prosper. All staff and a body of dedicated volunteers continue to work hard in changing the face of the organisation as well as how it is regarded in the general marketplace.

While we certainly have not arrived, the journey is well and truly underway.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 missing out entirely because they weren’t paid by the head contractor who hired them to do the work,” Mr Kean said.

“These are good, honest and hard-working people who have been left out of pocket through no fault of their own. These laws will help to address that.”

Under the changes:

  • Head contractors will have 20 business days to pay sub-contractors, instead of 30 business days;
  • A new payment structure will allow sub-contractors to make a claim at least once a month for completed work, and a final claim if a contract is terminated; and,
  • There will  be  increased  compliance  and  enforcement  powers  for  NSW  Fair Trading.

Mr Kean said the Government is also considering additional reforms to help sub-contractors get paid sooner.

“We’re doing a regulatory impact statement to analyse whether statutory trusts are a suitable option. This model would require contractors to quarantine money for paying sub- contractors,” Mr Kean said.

“We want to make sure there are no unintended consequences for the construction sector, which is an important driver of economic growth in NSW.

“In the meantime, these new laws will give sub-contractors financial security and allow them to better plan for their futures.”

Mr Kean said Fair Trading will consult with industry groups before determining when the laws will come into effect.

“We want subbies and their families to see the benefits as soon as possible,” Mr Kean said.

For more information on the reforms, visit  www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

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 has delivered on all its goals and more.

Optus Stadium beat stiff competition from the United States of America and Malaysia in the category, including Kuala Lumpur Sports City; Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee); Little Caesars Arena (Detroit); Louis Armstrong Arena (New York); Audi Field (Washington DC); and SunTrust Park (Atlanta).

The award is Optus Stadium’s 27th for the year having previously won State, national and international awards for tourism, architecture, catering, landscaping, design, building and construction.

Agent General for Western Australia Mike Deeks attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of the State Government.

Launched in 2010, TheStadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards nominated by the stadium sector and recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development and construction of major sports facilities.

For a full list of the awards Optus Stadium has won during its first year, visit

https://optusstadium.com.au/the-stadium/about-us/awards

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

“The State Government and VenuesLive have overseen an incredibly successful commissioning and first year of operations at Optus Stadium.

“Being awarded the world’s best in these awards reflects the hard work undertaken by everyone involved in Optus Stadium’s first year of operations.

“This award confirms Optus Stadium’s status as a truly world-class venue, and one all Western Australians can be proud of.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6400

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 President, David Burnell and ACIF Director, James Cameron.

Some of the points discussed included:
• The Minister has been briefed on the Shergold-Weir Report
• The report is a blueprint for reform which the Government paid for and we were assured would not be shelved. There also seems to be bipartisan support for the Shergold-Weir Report
• As part of implementing the recommendations, the Australian Building Codes Board is currently working on simplifying and digitising the National Construction Code, which should help on construction sites and with training
• The next Building Ministers’ Forum will be in early 2019 and they are again looking at having another BMF-Industry Forum at which the AIB will have a seat
• The National Construction Code 2019 is a priority for the Minister
• The Minister has also been briefed on the John Murray Report on Security of Payment laws. Harmonisation of security of payment laws will take some time, but to have common principles is a good step forward
• The planned release date for the (much-delayed) Senate report on Non-Conforming Building Products is 27 November 2018
• There is a commitment from the BMF to investigate greater national consistency with licensing

Finally this week, a reminder that (can you believe it already!) we will open entries soon for the 2019 Professional Excellence Awards. In the lead up to the Awards, I am happy to share with you that we are working towards simplifying the entry process and making this less onerous and will also launch a ‘brand’ for the Awards for the first time. We are excited how the program continues to evolve and hope that you embrace this in 2019.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone,

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 the back of the release of the Security of Payments/John Murray report
-The continuation of the Building Minsters Forum.

One of the things that I previously brought up with Craig Laundy before he stepped down in his role and did again last week with the new Minister’s office was the fact that we continue to be stumped as to why the Federal Government has not dedicated a Minister to Building and Construction.

This in the face of an industry that employs approximately 10% of Australia’s workforce and generates approximately 12% of Australia’s GDP. When in New Zealand recently for the NZIOB Awards, I sat next to the NZ Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa who expressed a level of surprise that we did not have such a position in Canberra.

Surely this must change if we are to move forward. What we need is a Ministerial ‘Champion’ for the profession – a Minister that can drive change through legislation, a Minister that will collaborate, a Minister that will champion the ongoing work of the Building Ministers Forum, a Minister who will consult and as per the Shergold Weir Report, address the roles and responsibilities of Regulators and address continuing professional development (CPD) through things such as the NCC. This if course only being the tip of the iceberg.

As a member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), I have brought this up on a number of occasions and will continue to do so through other forums as well and in particular, as we head toward a federal election mid next year (perhaps!)

Have a great weekend ahead everyone,

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 – be they the asset owner, head or sub-contractors – lack integrated project systems and /or skills which allow them to stay on top of their financial situation.

Through his presentation, Mr Desbrow drew the audience’s attention to several realities plaguing the industry, and which will continue to until there is a change in the way companies run their operations. In particular, he drew attention to:

• The fact that in the last decade the construction industry has accounted for between one-fifth and one-quarter of all insolvencies in Australia, a disproportionately high statistic relative to its share of national output;
• The need to improve education for the next generation entering the construction workforce, highlighting the increased need for greater emphasis on management and financial knowledge;
• Examples where inadequate financial control had led to the insolvency of companies that appeared on the surface to be thriving;
• The need for companies to embrace change, with a focus on improving management systems, streamlining reporting processes and upskilling their workforces.

In his closing remarks, Mr Desbrow emphasised that whilst implementing and then using technology well will be “a strong risk mitigator and aid to project success, we must note it is not a panacea, but rather is a ‘framework’ for a business to learn from so it can grow and improve. Technology is just one part of a puzzle the industry requires education and adoption of stronger fiscal management in all businesses which in turn will go a long way to alleviating a huge strain on the country, the industry and ripple effect to everyday Australians.”

If you would like more information on the role of technology and an overview of why project systems and accounting platforms must be intrinsically linked, you can read the whitepaper.

Our thanks to Viewpoint for this information.

Have a good weekend ahead everyone..

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 AM FAIB

I sincerely look forward to working with the new leadership team and continuing to grow the organisation. Together with a number of new National Councillors, we are now in strategic planning mode as we look to the future. I also take the opportunity of thanking Paul Heather, now Immediate Past President for his significant contributions over the last two years of his National Presidency.

Looking ahead and I feel sure that together with a great team at National Office, we will continue to hit some real ‘home runs’ in the areas of advocacy, broadening our reach with members internationally, delivering more and more relevant events and activities at a Chapter level as well as continuing to grow the Value Proposition.

A short message this week after returning from a week’s Annual Leave, but eager to ‘get on with the job’

Have a great long weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 and Population.

Craig Laundy MP made a significant contribution to building policy over the last few years and we look forward to further engaging with the new line up in order to keep the momentum going of initiatives such as the Building Ministers Forum where the AIB was afforded a seat.

As we come to a close for another year of our Awards program, I firstly want to thank all those who went to the effort (which is not insignificant) in nominating a project in our Professional Excellence in Building Awards. In speaking with winners and others as I travelled around the country over the last couple of months, it reminded me to again call for those who are not members and who entered, to become one.

To be frank, I am intrigued that many people hold their heads high when winning an Award, market their achievements widely, yet there seems to be a disconnect in a membership sense. Let’s not forget that membership is the basis of our organisation and without them, we simply would not exist. In order for us to grow and prosper we can do little without members.

So if you are aware of a person that perhaps won a High Commendation or Professional Excellence Award during the year and is not an AIB member, tap them on the shoulder with some encouragement.

Thank you to everyone who attended the National Awards last Friday at the National Arboretum Canberra, it was an excellent night celebrating the achievements of the Industry.

Have a good weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

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 works from previous state and territory Awards programs.

National Jury Chair, Peter Henden said “the line-up this year was an eclectic collection of projects from all corners of Australia that embraced the best techniques and talent available to the construction industry”

“It is refreshing to see the construction professional using tools such as BIM to great effect on a number of projects as well as a vast array of information software to ensure the end project is the best it can be” said Peter.

The jury went on to say that this year the environment was a strong theme that cut through all projects from re-cycling of waste materials to power generation and water reticulation. The strong message here was reduce, reuse and recycle.

Outgoing National President, Paul Heather commented saying “even in my two years as President, I have seen a change for the better in the quality and environmental considerations that continue to be delivered to both the client and the community. It is a true testament to our professionals and the way they not only solve at times not insignificant issues, but to how teams of people look ahead to future generations”

See below a full list of National Award winners.
Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event): https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

For further information, please contact:
Mr Greg Hughes, CEO
Phone 02 6253 1100
Email: ceo@aib.org.au

The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

2018 AIB People’s Choice Award

2018 AIB People’s Choice Award
Winner: Yi Zhang
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Eddie Gangemi
Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3
Location: Queensland

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Yi Zhang
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

2018 AIB National Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million
Winner: Philippa Seldon
Award: High Commendation
Company: Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd
Project: Australian Peacekeeping Memorial
Location: Australian Capital Territory

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million
Winner: Melisha Willington
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Adelaide Oval Arena LED & Lighting Upgrade
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Mark Cramp
Award: High Commendation
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: St Peters Girls Middle School + Library
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Darcy Gumley
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Zagame Automotive – Rolls-Royce & Aston Martin Dealership
Location: Victoria

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Tony Jachmann
Award: High Commendation
Company: Built Environs Pty Ltd
Project: Transforming Health – Modbury Hospital – SpARC & Level 3 Ward Refurbishment
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Peter Tobin
Award: High Commendation
Company: ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: On the Point – Point Fraser
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Victoria Brown
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Cockram Construction
Project: Australian Red Cross Blood Service Perth Processing Centre Refurbishment Stage 2, 4 & 5
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Dean Veldhuyzen
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: d’Arenberg – The Cube
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Kris Goodwin
Award: High Commendation
Company: Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Cockburn Aquatic & Recreational Centre (Cockburn ARC)
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Leo Maria
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken
Project: Salamanca Building, Parliament Square
Location: Tasmania

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: John Moore
Award: High Commendation
Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Baptistcare RAC Restoration Project
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Marco Bonadio
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: GMHBA Stadium Stage 4 Brownlow Stand Redevelopment
Location: Victoria

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Shaun Burke
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Cockram Construction
Project: Ralph & Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Simon Rua
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: CPB Contractors Pty Ltd
Project: National Football Stadium (NFS) Project
Location: Queensland

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Salem Tredrea
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Regis Burnside
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Rocky Slater & Jason Orso
Award: High Commendation
Company: Badge Perkins Joint Venture
Project: WA Schools Public Private Partnership
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: James Terry
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Helicopter Aircrew Training System Facilities
Location: New South Wales

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Bill McEvoy
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Multiplex Australasia Pty Ltd
Project: Optus Stadium
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Paul Melville
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project
Location: South Australia

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Ryan Capron
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Rosny Apartments
Location: Victoria

Category: Residential Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Dennis Moschoyiannis
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Brunswick Heart
Location: Victoria

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Eddie Gangemi
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Goran Colovic
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
Project: Adelaide Town Hall – Queen Adelaide Room
Location: South Australia

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Cherise Czislowski
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: NAB Place Commercial Office Fit-Out
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Jae Gripske
Award: High Commendation
Company: iQ Construct
Project: UQ City – 293 Queen St
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Natalie Radich
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Telstra 275 George St
Location: Queensland

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Ross Greenup
Award: High Commendation
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: The Canberra Hospital “Continuity of Services – Essential Infrastructure (COSEI)”
Location: Australian Capital Territory

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Tony Isaacson
Award: High Commendation
Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Deakin University Burwood Link Pedestrian Bridge
Location: Victoria

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Stephen O’Brien
Award: High Commendation
Company: Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Lucinda Drive Bridge – Port Drive Upgrade
Location: Queensland

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre
Location: New South Wales

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Steve Pilling
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Georgiou Group
Project: Aubin Grove Train Station
Location: Western Australia

Category: Project Management
Winner: Yi Zhang
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

Category: Research, Development and Technology
Winner: Alan Jeary
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: STRAAM Group
Project: Risk Management and Assessment
Location: New South Wales

Category: General
Winner: Matt Banek
Award: High Commendation
Company: Johnstaff Projects Pty Ltd
Project: 401 Collins Street Heritage Façade
Location: Victoria

Category: General
Winner: Roger Poels
Award: High Commendation
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Refurbishment of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (CCMJ)
Location: Australian Capital Territory

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, has been for some, a difficult series of documents to traverse and get the best out of. The aims of the work going on behind the scenes has been to (amongst other things):

-Improve the general structure of the volumes
-Improve the readability
-Dispense with the ‘clutter’
-Deliver this in plain language
-Ensure that the visual display is easy to navigate
-Ensure appropriate document accessibility

The structure is the result of extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, as well as the Building Codes Committee and Plumbing Code Committee. The updated suite of documents still has quite a way to go including a significant period for public comment and is scheduled for release in both 2019 & 2022.

At a recent meeting of the Building Ministers Forum in Adelaide, Industry (including the AIB) was invited to a roundtable to discuss a number of key issues including:
Views on the ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ Report (Building Confidence Report).

The Building Confidence Report makes 24 recommendations fundamental to the effective delivery of Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC). The BMF directed the development of a paper that sets out an implementation plan for reform, incorporating feedback from industry stakeholders, for consideration at the BMF’s next meeting. The paper will focus on recommendations 9 to 11, with further consideration of recommendations 1, 2 and 13.

Ministers also continued their discussion of the national Review of Security of Payment Laws: Building Trust and Harmony. The BMF agreed to work collaboratively to consider ways to improve consistency between security of payment regimes across jurisdictions.

Ministers received an update from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on the development of the 2019 version of the NCC, to be adopted by jurisdictions from 1 May 2019. NCC 2019 will be the first new edition since NCC 2016, following the BMF’s decision to introduce a three-year amendment cycle.

It’s hoped that industry will again play a part in future Building Minister Forum’s and that the AIB can continue to play an active part in this.

Finally this week, a call out for your last chance to buy sought after tickets to this year’s National Professional Excellence Awards, set for September 7 at the National Arboretum in Canberra. In talking with the National Jury recently, I can tell you it was tough going in the judging stakes given the high calibre of winners from across the country as well as overseas.

I look forward to seeing you in the National Capital early next month. I promise that we will deliver a special night to those who are in attendance. Ticket sales close Monday 3 August so head here to secure your seat!

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO