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 (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://www.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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NEW HOTLINE A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR ASBESTOS ADVICE

The NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) today launched a new hotline number to provide free advice and guidance on asbestos-related issues.

HACA Chair Peter Dunphy said the new number 1800 Asbestos provides the NSW Community with a central point of contact for making enquiries about asbestos.

“Calls to 1800 Asbestos (1800 272 378) […]

2017 AIB NOMINATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Nominations close 3 February 2017 Submissions close 3 March 2017

https://www.aib.org.au/your-institute/professional-excellence-awards/

To nominate your project into the 2017 AIB Awards Program, simply click on the button to complete an online registration form.

To view the 2017 PEA Nomination Information Booklet, please visit – http://members.aib.org.au/lib/pdf/PEA/2017%20PEA%20Nomination%20Information%20Book.pdf

The AIB Professional Excellence […]

ABCC ESSENTIAL TO COMBATTING UNLAWFUL UNION BEHAVIOUR ON CONSTRUCTION SITES (FED)

Joint statement by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group and Business Council of Australia – Unlawful behaviour by unions on Australia’s building and construction sites may reach crisis point unless Parliament acts now to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission. As groups representing businesses that employ millions of Australians across […]

2016 UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE AIB ADDRESS: PRACTICE MATTERS: ROB STOKES MP

We welcomed special guest MP Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Planning to our Practice Matters open lecture series.

The minister gave a rousing presentation discussing the hot topic of Newcastle’s revitalization and sharing his thoughts on five key elements which should be considered for successful urban progress: Change, Character, Connections, Employment, and the Environment.

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NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT REGISTER (NCPR) DATABASE

Issues including non-conforming high-tensile bolts, electrical cable and asbestos in cement board has focussed attention on the need to  check whether construction products conform to the appropriate standards.

NATSPEC will assist the Australian construction industry mitigate the risk of non-conforming products by setting up a National Construction Products Register.  The NCPR, expected to be launched […]

ASIC WARNS DIRECTORS OF CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES USING FALSE DECLARATIONS

As part of its ongoing work to curb illegal phoenix activity, ASIC has completed a proactive surveillance program that monitored the integrity of the payment systems in the Australian building and construction industry. The surveillance program, carried out during the 2014/15 financial year, targeted eight large commercial construction projects across New South Wales, Victoria and Qld. […]

NSW FIRE CERTIFICATION TO UNDERGO A TOTAL OVERHAUL

NSW FIRE CERTIFICATION TO UNDERGO A TOTAL OVERHAUL AFTER DAMNING REVIEW

The state government says it will rewrite the law governing the way NSW buildings are certified after a damning review found practices for ensuring apartment fire safety were “totally ineffectual” and had caused unsafe buildings to be approved.

The government will announce on Wednesday […]

2016 SABE LECTURE SERIES ‘PRACTICE MATTERS’: MIKE CURTIS

The 2016 School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series will showcase a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

Held within Newcastle City Centre the fortnightly lecture series will provide valuable exposure and insight to […]

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.

2016 NATIONAL AIB PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Media Release – 2016 National AIB Professional Excellence Awards

The Australian Institute of Building recently announced the 2016 AIB National Professional Excellence in Building Awards in Melbourne, Victoria.

 

The presentation of the awards was made at a gala awards dinner at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, which was attended by the building and construction industry’s […]

EDGEWATER STATION MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK ON TRACK (WA)

A new $29.5 million multi-storey car park at Edgewater Station is on track for completion by the end of the year. Construction of the 1,450 bay car park started earlier this year and the project, which will deliver 560 new bays at Edgewater Station, is about 70 per cent complete. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said […]

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO WORK WITH INDUSTRY ON ASBESTOS IMPORTS (FED)

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest business network, welcomes the findings of the Asbestos Importation Review Report and encourages the Government to work with industry representatives to communicate consistent messages to stakeholders. The report by KGH Border Services AB, released last week, examined the effectiveness of the Department of Immigration and Border […]

GROUND-BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR WORKS START ON GOLD COAST LIGHT RAIL STAGE 2 (QLD)

Helensvale station is set to become the most advanced, modern public transport interchange in the country, with major works now underway to build the $420 million Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension. Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe, joined the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and City of Gold […]

GROWTH IN BUILDING APPROVALS LEAD THE NATION (VIC)

Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, said Victoria was the only state to record an increase in building activity in May, driven by a strong rise in residential building approvals, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. The ABS building approval figures for May 2016, released today, showed a 5.8 per cent […]

JUNE INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)

Over $39 million was awarded in contracts during June 2016 to upgrade our schools, community housing and other vital infrastructure throughout the Territory, as part of the Country Liberals Government’s record infrastructure investment. Minister for Infrastructure Peter Chandler said the Country Liberals Government invested more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure across the Territory in 2015­16.

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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD NSW CHAPTER

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD – NSW CHAPTER

The New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has announced the AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2016.

Eighteen building and construction professionals have been recognised at this year’s Awards which were attended by leading industry figures at […]

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.

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD WA CHAPTER

The Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has announced the AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2016. 12 building and construction professionals have been recognised at this year’s Awards which were attended by leading industry figures at a gala dinner on Saturday, 11 June, 2016. “These awards are the ultimate […]

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD VIC CHAPTER

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has announced the AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2016.

More than 23 building and construction professionals have been recognised at this year’s Awards which were attended by leading industry figures at a gala dinner on Friday, 3 June, 2016.

“These awards are the […]

INAUGURAL 2016 AIB ADDRESS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Inaugural 2016 AIB Address in South Africa – Media 21.5.16

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) in 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading South African University, the University of Pretoria (UP). The aim of the MoU is to promote the Education and Careers in the Profession of […]

AIB ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD – SA CHAPTER

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has announced the AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2016.

More than eight building and construction professionals have been recognised at this year’s Awards which were attended by leading industry figures at a gala dinner on Friday, 13 May, 2016.

“These awards are […]

WE NEED YOUR HELP

ACT MBA members need your urgent support.

Canberra contractors have been written out of the capital’s largest ever construction project because of a refusal to do a deal with the CFMEU. An ACT Government/unionsACT MoU gives the union an effective veto over construction tenders. The CFMEU has invoked that veto in a deal with the […]

NEW FORECASTS CHART THE PASSING OF TWO BOOMS, BUT THIS IS NO TIME FOR GLOOM

New building and construction industry forecasts released today chart the passing of two booms – in mining and residential – and the impact on this important sector of the Australian economy.

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) released the latest ACIF Forecasts, revealing how the sector is coping with another double digit fall in engineering construction […]

EVEN OFFSETTING HOUSING: SLOW INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND TO PULL CONSTRUCTION DOWN, ACIF SAYS

By Michael Bleby

The slump in mining-related engineering work has widened to sectors such as bridges, railways and harbours, causing a peak industry body to lower its predictions for construction industry spend over the next four years. The Australian Construction Industry Forum has slashed its half-yearly expectations of engineering construction work for every year from […]

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS – INTERIM REPORT

Economics References Committee

Non-conforming building products Interim report Safety—‘not a matter of good luck’

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS – INTERIM REPORT

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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING ANNOUNCE WINNING LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD ACT CHAPTER The Australian Capital Territory Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has announced the AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2016.

More than eight building and construction professionals have been recognised at this year’s Awards which were attended by leading industry […]

ACIF – FORECASTS SHOW THERE IS NO NEED FOR DOOM AND GLOOM

The last release of industry forecasts in November 2015 shaved off between $2-$4 billion per year for the next three years in anticipated work demand for the building and construction sector in Australia. Much has happened since then, and the consequences for residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction will be reflected in the Australian […]

THREE WAYS TO FIND OUT THE UPCOMING DEMAND FOR ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS, ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS TO 2026

Having visibility over future demand for work helps businesses large and small prepare for success – or batten down the hatches for a rough ride. The ACIF Forecasts is the building and construction industry’s own service that provides reliable, comprehensive forecasts for building and construction across Australia, with detail for the next eight quarters and […]

PUBLIC AUCTIONS SIGNAL FINAL PHASE OF GOVT RESPONSE TO MR FLUFFY (ACT)

Public auction of the first five Mr Fluffy remediated blocks tomorrow (TUESDAY) commences the final phase of the Government’s response to removing Mr Fluffy from our community. “It was just over 18 months ago that the Asbestos Response Taskforce was created by the Government to provide a coordinated and compassionate response to this complex community, […]

INNOVATIVE COMMUNICATION WITH LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (ACT)

Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Mick Gentleman MLA, today launched the first of a series of safety videos that will be sent directly to the mobile phones of local construction workers.  “Communicating with construction workers about health and safety issues has its challenges given the nature of their work.  These short videos, that […]

‘CONSTRUCTION KING’ SYDNEY DOMINATES CRANE INDEX (NSW)

Almost half of Australia’s cranes are on Sydney’s skyline making it the nation’s ‘construction king’, the latest RLB Crane Index shows. RLB said there are now 288 cranes on Sydney’s skyline the greatest level of activity Sydney has experienced since the Index’s launch in 2013. Crane activity has more than tripled in Sydney over the […]

CIVIL CONTRACTORS APPLAUD CROSS RIVER RAIL ANNOUNCEMENT (QLD)

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland (CCF QLD) applauds today’s announcement by the Palaszczuk Government that they will continue to drive the delivery of the critical Cross River Rail infrastructure project. Policy and funding settings have in the past failed to deliver sustainable, long term growth in Queensland infrastructure investment, resulting in an overall widening of […]

MONASH UPGRADE THE CENTREPIECE OF TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S VICTORIAN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE (FED)

The Turnbull Government has committed to an additional $1.5 billion to get on with essential infrastructure to support Victoria’s regions and ensure Melbourne retains its mantle as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The centrepiece of our new commitment is a billion­dollar upgrade of the congested Monash Freeway serving the communities of […]

PLANNING FOR MELBOURNE’S RAPID POPULATION GROWTH (VIC)

The Andrews Labor Government is planning for Melbourne’s rapid population growth, as the latest ABS figures again show Melbourne is the nation’s fastest growing capital city. An average of 1760 people are added to our population each week, totalling 91,600 in the 2014-15, compared to 1600 per week and 83,300 last financial year in Sydney. […]

GROWING TREND FOR COUNCILS TO SELL PLANNING DECISIONS THROUGH VALUE CAPTURE (NSW)

The Urban Taskforce is concerned about a growing trend across Sydney councils to adopt policies that change planning rules as a mechanism for raising funds for infrastructure. “The trend by Sydney Councils to formalise Value Capture policies seems to be escalating across Sydney,” says Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson. “While flexibility is needed in determining […]

NEW CEO APPOINTED TO ‘BUILD’ ON SUCCESS

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today announced Greg Hughes as the new CEO at the leading Institute for building and construction professionals.

Announcing the appointment, National President Norman Faifer FAIB, FAIQS, FIAMA acknowledged the excellent contribution the former CEO had made and now looked forward to a fresh strategic approach.

“Greg brings a wealth […]

LABOR TO ENSURE SMART, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE (FED)

A Labor Government will toughen assessment of proposed major infrastructure projects by requiring the incorporation of smart infrastructure technology and sustainability measures before projects qualify for Commonwealth funding, announced Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese. Under current arrangements, the independent Infrastructure Australia advises the Commonwealth on major projects in terms of cost-benefits analysis and whether they […]

HOUSING FINANCE INCREASE A BOOST FOR CONFIDENCE IN BUILDING INDUSTRY (TAS)

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to backing our important building and construction industry to grow our economy and to create jobs. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today show an increasing number and value of housing finance commitments, a positive indicator for the home building sector. Compared with the previous month, the […]

MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS (FED)

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says that after thirteen consecutive quarters of growth, the weighted average median house price for the eight Australian capital cities decreased in the last quarter of 2015. Australia’s housing market recorded the first decrease since the December quarter of 2012, according to the latest REIA Real Estate Market […]

FREE EVENT – WOMEN BUILDING FUTURES – VIC

Save the date to celebrate the women who are leading in Property, Construction and Project management on International Women’s Day, 2016. 

Women Building Futures – RMIT University

As part of International Women’s Day, the School of Property, Construction and Project Management is thrilled to be hosting Women Building Futures: Careers in Property, Construction and Project […]

STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA PLAN (FED)

“The release of Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) first 15-year plan provides a clear direction for improving infrastructure provision in our growing cities and regions,” Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott said. “Australia’s infrastructure challenges are well known to all – rising congestion, high infrastructure costs and poor quality infrastructure services. IA’s plan to meet […]

RHH CONSTRUCTION RAMPS UP (TAS)

Right to Information documents released show expenditure made to progress design, engineering and other critical works for the major project remains on budget and on time. The overall budget for the project is $689 million, the documents show that the project team spent more than $30 million on works in the second half of 2015, […]

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP GRANTS

In 2015 the National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative supported hundreds of women in achieving their goals of personal and professional development, leadership and management.  The Hon. Julia Gillard praised the initiative for its important role in enabling the advancement of women into higher levels of leadership at the Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership […]

FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSING A WELCOME FIRST STEP TO IMPROVING BUILT ENVIRONMENT (FED)

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) welcomes the Government’s announcement of a $250 million program to finance the development of energy efficient homes for low income earners. ASBEC President Ken Maher said: “Given that Australia’s housing is responsible for 13% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, this is a good first step towards improving the […]

LABOUR MOBILITY PROPOSAL TO CUT RED TAPE FOR TRADIES (VIC)

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for gas fitters, bus drivers, real estate agents and driving instructors to get on with the job of building a stronger Victorian economy. The Government will make a range of trade qualifications more portable between states, improving labour mobility for a range of occupations that also includes […]

EXPANDED CBD PROGRAM CAN TACKLE MID-TIER BUILDINGS (FED)

The Australian Government’s commitment to continue the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program has been applauded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). An independent review of the CBD program, which was developed to drive energy efficiency improvements in the commercial office sector, has found $44 million in benefits have been realised in just four […]

QUEENSLAND LEADS THE NATION IN BUILDING APPROVALS (QLD)

Queensland is leading the nation in the strength of building approvals, which were up almost 27 per cent for 2015, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Today’s figures showed the fourth consecutive monthly rise in trend building approvals for Queensland. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said just over 10,000 more new dwellings were […]

VICTORIAN BUILDING APPROVALS LEAD THE NATION (VIC)

The latest building approval numbers from the ABS have confirmed that 2015 was a record year for Victorian building approvals. Both residential and non-residential building approvals rose strongly in December 2015, with residential approvals setting a new record of $21.2 billion for the year. In December, building approvals were up 23.1 per cent for Victoria, […]

NSW BUILDING APPROVALS SLOWING DOWN (NSW)

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show a drop in non-residential and residential building approvals over the last 6 months in NSW, says the Urban Taskforce. “In a worrying sign that the property market is slowing down the latest ABS approval numbers continue a fall from June 2015,” says Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson. […]

INDUSTRY WELCOMES PROGRESS ON ACT’S FIRST AND LARGEST PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROJECT (FED)

The announcement of the successful Canberra Light Rail tender shows welcome progress on the ACT’s first and largest public transport PPP, says Infrastructure Partnerships Australia – the nation’s peak infrastructure body. “The Canberra Light Rail will fundamentally change the face of public transport in the ACT and this announcement is a welcome development, said Brendan […]

CHANGES TO CONSTRUCTION CODE WELCOMED (VIC)

Victoria’s peak body for the forest and wood products industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has welcomed the changes to the revised National Construction Code. Tim Johnston, CEO of VAFI, said the acceptance of the Mid-rise Timber Buildings Proposal for Change (PFC), will make it easier for the use of timber in mid-rise […]

QUEEN’S WHARF BRISBANE PDA DEVELOPMENT SCHEME APPROVAL TO BOOST JOBS (QLD)

Brisbane is set for a massive jobs boost with the Queensland Government formally adopting the development scheme for the renewal of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area. The $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development will deliver a world-class tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct for Queensland. Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local […]

HOUSING FUND GOOD NEWS BUT WILL MEET JUST A FRACTION OF DEMAND (NSW)

The Premier’s commitment to establishing a $1.1billion investment fund that will help build at least 3000 affordable homes over the next few years is the first serious initiative to address housing affordability in NSW since the Commonwealth’s 2008 National Rental Affordability Scheme, the state’s peak not-for-profit housing body said today. NSW Federation of Housing Associations […]

CURETON REVIEW CONSULTATION PERIOD EXTENDED (NT)

Home buyers and builders will have more time to provide feedback to the recommendations of the Cureton Review with the deadline now extended to 29 February. “The building industry bodies have requested more time to consult with their members and I have therefore extended the time to provide feedback to allow for further consultation with […]

BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN QUEENSLAND’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (QLD)

Everyone concerned about being paid in full and on time, every time in the construction industry, are being urged to attend Security of Payment consultation sessions and contribute to upholding confidence in a key industry. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said it was important the construction industry played a central role […]

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SURGES TO FRESH RECORD (FED)

The latest ABS housing figures show new dwelling commencements reached a fresh high in the September 2015 quarter said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “Today’s update for national new home building is a stellar result not only for the residential construction industry, but for the wider economy,” said […]

BUILDING INDUSTRY CALLS FOR NATIONALLY CONSISTENT FRAMEWORK FOR RESIDENTIAL RATINGS (FED)

Australia’s building industry, via the Australia Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), has today called for a new nationally consistent rating framework for housing sustainability. ASBEC President Ken Maher said: “Housing is responsible for 13% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Improving the sustainability of our housing stock is crucial to meeting Australia’s targets for emissions reduction. […]

LATEST FIGURES SHOW BOOST TO HOME LENDING (FED)

The ABS today released housing finance figures for November 2015, showing that total lending activity increased during the month, but still remains below the high point reached in August of last year, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of the residential building industry. “This is a positive update for Australia’s housing sector, showing that […]

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES OFFER A GLOBAL EDUCATION (FED)

Australia has 24 universities on the top 200 most internationalised universities in the world list and 16 in the top 100 according to the international ranking agency, Times Higher Education. I congratulate our universities on these rankings, particularly the Australian National University which was the highest ranked at 25th place. The Government wants to ensure […]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SIGHT FOR TASMANIA’S VULNERABLE (TAS)

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to helping Tasmania’s most vulnerable, said Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma. With our economy growing, confidence returning and the budget heading back to surplus, we can now invest the dividends of our hard work into the core services of government, such as improving access to affordable housing for […]

RESIGNATION AS MINISTER FOR CITIES AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Minister for Cities and the Built Environment Jamie Briggs said today I provided written notice to the Prime Minister, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, of my resignation as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment with immediate effect. The correspondence outlining the circumstances of my resignation is attached. It has been an absolute privilege to serve […]

SECURITY FOR SUBCONTRACTOR PAYMENTS A STEP CLOSER (QLD)

SECURITY FOR SUBCONTRACTOR PAYMENTS A STEP CLOSER (QLD)

Queensland’s subcontractors are closer to being better protected from non-payment, with the Palaszczuk Government today releasing the Security of Payment discussion paper.  Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the community and industry would be working together to ensure better financial security for subcontractors […]

TRADIE APPRENTICES TO GET HALF-PRICE REGO (VIC)

The Andrews Labor Government will be putting more money back into apprentice tradies’ wallets in the New Year, with the new half-price registration scheme starting on 1 January 2016. The first round of registration renewal notices will be issued next week outlining the steps for eligible trade apprentices to take advantage of the Government’s discount […]

CFMEU CONSTRUCTION DIVISION FINED ONCE AGAIN (FED)

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said yesterday’s scathing decision by the Federal Court to once again impose penalties on the recidivist Construction Division of the CFMEU further highlights the need to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to return law to the building industry. The CFMEU and eight senior officials were […]

NEW AIB COUNCIL FOR 2015-2016

At the Institute’s annual general meeting on the 26th of last month, the membership voted in a predominantly unchanged Council save for a new representative from the ACT Chapter.

The incumbents of all the Office Bearer positions were unchanged for the next Council period with Mr Norman Faifer FAIB reinstalled as National President for a […]

NEW CHIEF for ACIF – One of AIB’s Own

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), the building and construction industry’s peak collaborative body, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, James Cameron.

With the imminent retirement of Peter Barda after eight years at the helm, ACIF’s Board sought an industry professional experienced in policy and research, with detailed understanding of the issues […]

ACCC PUTS ELECTRICIANS AND BUILDERS ON NOTICE THAT THEY MUST REPLACE UNSAFE INFINITY CABLES

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging electricians and builders to replace dangerous Infinity electrical cables that were installed in up to 40,000 homes and businesses throughout Australia. The cables fail to meet safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. Tests have shown that the cable may become prematurely brittle from 2016 […]

HUMILIATING DEFEAT FOR CFMEU AS BORAL BAN ENDS

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz today welcomed the announcement that Boral had reached a record settlement of its damages claim against the CFMEU over the CFMEU’s two year ban against Boral on Melbourne’s building sites. This ban arose as part of the CFMEU’s 2012 dispute with Grocon, even though Boral employed no CFMEU members […]

AIB MACAU BRANCH VISITS UNIVERSITY

The AIB’s recently formed Macau branch (part of the Overseas Chapter) recently held an AIB information meeting at the Macau University of Technology.

At this event the Branch President Mr Tommy Ho FAIB spoke to audience on the background and activities of the AIB and how important it was for students and academic staff to […]

NOTICE OF THE AIB’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the sixty fourth Annual General Meeting of members of the Australian Institute of Building will be held at

Saturday 26 September 2015

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

61-101 Phillip Street Sydney NSW.

commencing at 3.45pm

 

Notice of AIB 64th AGM

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NEW COMMITTEE and PRESIDENT FOR AIB VICTORIAN CHAPTER

Last night at the Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Mr Frank Pavan FAIB was elected unopposed to the position of Chapter President.  Joining him as the other Office Bearers were Ms Linda Tivendale MAIB, Mr Leo Dridan AMAIB and Mr Karl Vaitiekunas AMAIB.   After the meeting Mr […]

REGISTRATIONS CLOSING FOR FORECASTS BRIEFINGS

Next week will see the Australian Construction Industry Forum’s 2015 construction industry forecasts breakfasts for 2015. To be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne these forecasts are not to be missed.  For more information click here

DWELLING APPROVALS REMAIN AT HIGH LEVELS IN MAY

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved fell 0.1 per cent in May 2015, in trend terms, after rising for 11 months.  In May, dwelling approvals decreased in South Australia (3.8 per cent), Queensland (2.1 per cent) and New South Wales (0.5 per cent) but increased in the […]

BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY DISCLOSURE DETERMINATION 2015

This determination specifies the manner in which energy efficiency ratings must be expressed in advertisements, the assessment methods and standards to be applied in calculating energy efficiency ratings for buildings, and the information set out in a building energy efficiency certificate.  The Determination and Explanatory Statement can be viewed at https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L01074

CONSTRUCTORS RELEASE SAFETY RESOURCE MATERIAL TO INDUSTRY

Australia’s leading construction companies have continued the progress of their Safety Initiative with the release of a further suite of documents aimed at assisting the building and construction industry to improve its safety performance. The documents, released by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA), supplement the reports released last year on Safety Culture and Safety in […]

UNIONS WRAP ACTU CONGRESS WITH PLAN TO PROTECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND LIVING STANDARDS

Australian Unions have concluded the ACTU Congress 2015 invigorated by a new Union Charter and campaign plan to protect workers’ rights and living standards. Over the past three days around a thousand union delegates from around the country have debated and voted on the policies that will shape the union movement’s agenda for the next […]

CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, AUSTRALIA, MARCH 2015

CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, AUSTRALIA, PRELIMINARY, MAR 2015

The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.8% in the March quarter 2015. The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 2.4% to $48,397.8m in the March quarter. The trend estimate for total building work done rose 2.0% in the March quarter. The trend […]

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS (FED)

Data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) underscores the importance of the Australian Government’s significant reforms to support for apprentices and their employers. The Apprentices and trainees 2014 December quarter report shows that the decline in the number of people in training that […]

Queensland Annual Dinner and Awards

VBA Announces Audit Program on Non-Compliant Cladding

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has today used its performance audit powers in the next stage of its inquiry to ensure that buildings have been built with compliant cladding.

As outlined in the attached latest news item, available on the VBA website, the regulator has identified some 170 buildings that it will immediately target as […]