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

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

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 in 2017.

At its most recent meeting in Adelaide, the Minister’s Forum agreed initial reforms would focus on improving the integrity of private building surveyors, including better registration and approval processes.

The meeting included an Industry Forum, where more than 20 representatives from industry associations and peak bodies made it clear that they support and are willing to work with government to reform compliance and enforcement regimes.

“Effective compliance and enforcement systems in the building and construction industry are critical for Australians to have confidence in their built environment. The Building Confidence Report is our roadmap for reform,” Minister Laundy said.

Ministers also discussed the national Review of Security of Payment Laws, and committed to work collaboratively to improve consistency in security of payment regimes across jurisdictions.

“Getting paid on time for work done is fundamental to the many small and medium enterprises that make up our building industry,” Mr Laundy said.

“The meeting of the Building Ministers was productive and the agreement for an implementation plan is an important first step forward, however it’s critical for states and territories to commit to genuinely working cooperatively to improve the lives of all Australians through a more harmonised and better enforced building industry,” Mr Laundy said.

The BMF Communiqué is available on the BMF website at www.industry.gov.au/BMF
Media contact: Rod Bruem 0427 824 971

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 for Standards Australia to develop a national standard for permanent labelling of aluminium composite cladding products that would then be mandated through the National Construction Code (NCC).

Mr Kean said the agreement demonstrated the benefits of a united approach to cladding safety to help deliver the very best outcomes for residents across Australia.

“I’m very pleased to have the support of my colleagues for this sensible reform that will help us ensure the right products are being used in the right ways,” Mr Kean said.

“This new requirement is just the latest step in a series of ongoing reforms regarding the use of cladding across NSW.

“I can assure the community that we will continue to push for effective, nation-wide action to give Australians certainty and security when it comes to the buildings where they live, work and play.”

Commonwealth Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy commended Minister Kean on the forum’s results.

“I congratulate Minister Kean for playing a key role in assisting myself and the other building Ministers in reaching a common sense solution to what is a problem that needs to be solved,” Mr Laundy said.

Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni welcomed the move as a win for cladding safety across the country.

“This is a major step in ensuring that buildings with cladding are safe for emergency workers, and a great example of what a bi-partisan approach to a major issue can achieve,” Mr de Brenni said.

More information on the NSW cladding taskforce is available at fair.trading.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: Billy Briggs | 0427 642 809

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 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.

The BMF agreed the ABCB Accessible Housing Options Paper (Options Paper) be used for broad stakeholder consultations about options for the inclusion of minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC. The Options Paper is expected to be released in September 2018, with the expectation of commencing a Regulatory Impact Statement in the first quarter of 2019.

Ministers considered a report on the feasibility of point of sale (POS) regulation of the WaterMark Certification Scheme. The BMF agreed to pursue other actions to strengthen existing arrangements before considering POS regulations.

The outcomes of public consultation on the discussion paper on a permanent labelling system for Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products was discussed. Ministers agreed that permanent labelling of ACPs is critical. They agreed to ask Standards Australia to develop an Australian Standard for permanent labelling of ACPs to be mandated through the NCC. Ministers also agreed to direct the Building Regulators’ Forum (BRF) to work with responsible fire authorities on the best method for making information available to assist them to respond to buildings with ACPs.

The BMF received an update from the BRF on the significant work being undertaken by jurisdictions to identify and address non-compliant cladding; and the SOG’s work to develop a report on the existing responsibilities of parties to meet the cost of rectification for non-compliant cladding.

Ministers discussed the issue of the insurance market for professional indemnity insurance for building practitioners, in particular for building surveyors and certifiers. Ministers agreed that an Australia-wide approach to the issue is required and have directed the SOG, in consultation with the BRF, to develop an approach for responding to the issue, including in consultation with the insurance industry and industry stakeholders.

Through these activities, Ministers renewed their commitment to working collaboratively towards a more efficient and effective regulatory environment for the building and construction industry.

The BMF will reconvene in December to continue this important national dialogue.

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 had resulted in many otherwise viable businesses going to the wall and jobs being lost.

A 2017 survey commissioned by John Murray AM for his Review of Security of Payment Laws, revealed 72 per cent of Australian subcontractors in the building and construction industry said at least 40 per cent of their invoices were paid late, with one third saying 60 per cent of their invoices were paid late.

The ABCC‘s campaign will focus on contractors with security of payment obligations under the ABCC monitored Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.

The Commissioner will write to more than 1,300 of these contractors and subcontractors who have tendered for Commonwealth-funded building work.

The campaign also aims to educate subcontractors on their rights, how they can report payment disputes and delays, and how the ABCC may be able to help.

Following consultation with the Security of Payments Working Group, which includes union and contractor representatives, the ABCC identified that many contractors delay payments even when there is no dispute over the payment.

The campaign highlights that payments must be timely and non-payment of due and payable claims must be reported to the ABCC.

To help subcontractors, the ABCC, where it can, will seek payment for the subcontractor as voluntary rectification of Code breaches.

Contractors that breach the Code also run the risk of a sanction that excludes them tendering for Commonwealth-funded building work.

Mr McBurney said the ABCC had also produced new resources, including security of payment guides for contractors and subcontractors and new website content. These are available at www.abcc.gov.au/securityofpayment.

“In short, we ask contractors to pay their subcontractors on time and if there are payment delays or disputes to sort these out quickly and reasonably,” Mr McBurney said.

 

Media Contact: James Martin 03 8509 3003 / james.martin@abcc.gov.au

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 2017 (current prices), the total value of non-residential construction work is forecast to rise by 9.3% in 2018, followed by a further lift of 8.0% in 2019.

Growth will be led by a strong pipeline of non-mining infrastructure work in line with the significant growth impetus from public sector spending on transport infrastructure projects. The actual value of this growth, however, is likely to be tempered by rising cost pressures – particularly escalating energy input costs and supplier price hikes related to the relative strength in commodity prices.

Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “Australia’s major constructors are building on the increase in activity seen over the past eighteen months with further gains expected for the rest of this year and into 2019. With the wind-down in mining and energy-related engineering work all but complete, new activity – particularly in road and rail transport projects, other civil works, apartment building, telecommunications and commercial construction – is not just filling the void; it is underwriting aggregate growth in the activity of the major construction companies and in the size of their workforces. While the composition of activity is set for further changes heading into 2019 – most notably with a significant fall in multi-level apartment building – overall growth in both business activity and the construction workforce is set to continue. With conditions buoyant, there are clear signs of emerging supply constraints, input price rises and wage pressures and increasing reports from constructors about their difficulties finding skilled staff,” Mr Willox said.

Australian Constructors Association (ACA) Executive Director, Lindsay Le Compte, said: “Implementation of the projected forward pipelines of government
infrastructure projects would enable the industry to plan its activities with some level of comfort over at least the next decade. It certainly seems that governments are committed to working with industry to ensure that there is adequate capability and capacity to deliver the large pipelines of infrastructure projects now being announced. An example of this is the NSW Government’s recently released ten-point Action Plan for collaboration between the Government and industry. This is a refreshing development on the part of the NSW Government that will lead to greater certainty in the delivery of infrastructure projects over the longer term. The announcement also complements the work the ACA has undertaken in conjunction with key NSW and Victorian government agencies through the recently formed Construction Industry Leadership Forum,” Mr Le Compte said.

In other survey findings, Engineering construction is forecast to remain a key driver of growth, with total turnover rising 8.4% in 2018 and 12.6% in 2019. This reflects continued high levels of work done on major road and rail projects, led by various big-ticket projects across the eastern states, with solid support from telecommunications infrastructure.

Strong growth is also projected to continue in the multi-level apartments sector in 2018 (+14.8%), but the value of work is set to turn down sharply in 2019 (-16.6%). Key Points from the Ai Group / ACA Construction Outlook survey:

 The latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey of the non-residential construction industry found that after recovering by 5.2% in 2017 (current prices), the total value of turnover from major project work is forecast to rise by 9.3% in 2018, and a further 8.0% in 2018-19.

 While the mining investment downturn remains a drag on industry conditions, its negative impact is diminishing with a marked slowdown in the rate of decline in resources-related engineering construction expected in 2018. Weakness will be
concentrated in the oil and gas processing sector (-55.6% in 2018 and -35.8% in 2019) as major LNG projects are completed. A slower fall is predicted in turnover derived from mining projects, with a decline of -10.1% in 2018 improving to a slight upturn of 2.7% in 2019.

 Higher workloads and increasing investment demand will also lead to further workforce expansion, with total employment in major construction expected to rise by 2.9% in 2018 and by a further 2.7% over the first half of 2019 (this follows a rise of 4.3% in the year to February 2018).

 Businesses are reporting worsening labour shortages, with 66.7% of respondents reporting either ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ difficulty in recruiting skilled labour in the six months to March 2018, up from 63.6% in the previous six months. Sourcing of sub-contractors has also grown as a key concern, with the proportion experiencing ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ difficulty increasing to 66.7% in the six months to March 2018, up from 50.0% in the previous six months.

 Pressures from labour costs are increasing, with 57.1% of respondents reporting either ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ increases in direct labour rates in the six months to March 2018, while 47.7% also reported ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ increases for sub-contractor labour rates – up from 54.5% and 45.5% respectively in the previous six months.

 The sourcing of building materials remains a key concern for the industry, with 38.1% of respondents citing ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ difficulty in the six months to March 2018, although this was down from 45.5% six months earlier.

 Reports of increases in construction material costs have also become more widespread, with 47.6% of businesses citing ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ increases in the costs of materials in the six months to March 2018, compared to 45.5% six months earlier. This reflects higher commodity prices and a lift in demand requirements due to the continuing rise in infrastructure investment activity.

Link to full report

Further Comment:

Ai Group: Tony Melville – 0419 190 347
ACA: Lindsay Le Compte – 0417 481 500

Background: The Australian Industry Group Construction Outlook survey was conducted in March/April in association with the Australian Constructors Association, the peak industry body representing the nation’s major construction contractors. The major construction companies surveyed employed approximately 43,000 persons with combined turnover of almost $25 billion.

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 in the quality, and future readiness of tomorrow’s construction talent, to join-in. It will be this talent that will fuel our industry.

I urge you to register one or two of your executives to participate in this eventhere.

The Centre’s initiative involves a number of important strategies, that respond to what industry expects of a modern university construction management program, and the graduates it prepares. The foundation of this preparation is the quality of the research and academic resources, that will help inform and refresh our construction management program, to ensure it is future ready.

Through industry support, the Centre has been able to invest in 5 new areas of research endeavour, that will focus on developing leading-edge insights into the transforming nature of our industry. Not only in Australia, but internationally.  We will be introducing the researchers and the scope of work they will be undertaking on the 10th July. The Centre’s Roundtables are specifically intended to ensure that our academic supervisors, researchers and industry are engaged with these important studies from the start. We are seeking industry feedback and direction on future research, through what we believe will be an innovative series of conversations, that will occur at this and subsequent occasions.

The Roundtable will also include a presentation on the opportunities currently available at the University, to deliver specially designed post graduate study and executive learning, that can share early modern construction insights and capability building programs with your organisation. The Centre is looking to hear directly from industry, the priority areas that these programs may offer.

Educating and preparing the construction industry’s future talent is our most important investment. Making sure this investment is well directed, requires industry engagement.

Please join the conversations at the Centre’s Roundtable. We need your input to get the best outcomes. For more information about the initiative, visit: westernsydney.edu.au/c4smc

Yours sincerely,

David Chandler

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 Weir to the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) is an important step towards these aims. ACIF advocates that the recommendations of the report are urgently considered by the BMF and all sectors of the industry work together to implement the recommendations.

Acting ACIF Chair, John Held, stated, “The recommendations regarding a nationally consistent approach to the registration of certain categories of building practitioners and compulsory Continuing Professional Development, which includes mandatory hours or units dedicated to training on the National Construction Code, are significant.”

Mr Held added, “The recommendations in the Shergold-Weir Report regarding the independence of building surveyors and the role of fire authorities in the building design and approvals process are valuable and also need to be progressed.”

“The report also recommends a central database in each jurisdiction, and collaboration to develop a platform that can provide for information sharing to inform regulatory activities and the work of the BMF. For commercial buildings it would include a comprehensive digital building manual which can be passed on to successive owners. These recommendations are in line with ACIF’s long-standing efforts regarding Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the creation of the Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB).”

“The Shergold-Weir Report also recommends that the BMF agrees its position on the establishment of a compulsory product certification system for high-risk building products.”

“At present there also is a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into non-conforming building products in the Australian building and construction industry. “This report of this inquiry has been delayed numerous times and was last due to be delivered in April this year.  ACIF keenly awaits the release of this report”, Mr Held commented.

“The Shergold-Weir report recommends a commitment to a three-year timetable for the implementation of the recommendations and that the BMF establish a plan for implementation which is reported against by each jurisdiction annually.”

“ACIF concurs with these recommendations and urges the Building Ministers’ Forum to adopt and implement the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Report in systematic, timely and considered fashion”, said Mr Held.

 

Contact

James Cameron, Executive Director, Australian Construction Industry Forum

Phone: 1300 854 543, mobile: 0448 277 529, email: ceo@acif.com.au

Sherryl Broderick, Marketing & Media Manager, Australian Construction Industry Forum

Mobile: 0467 340 045, email sherryl@acif.com.au

More information and resources for media are available at www.acif.com.au/news/media.

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 Battin MP, Victorian Shadow Minister for the Building Industry and Emergency Services, attended and spoke at length about should the opposition in Victoria assume power at the next election, it would in essence be the first jurisdiction in Australia to have a Minister of Building.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Regards,

Greg Hughes
CEO