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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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). […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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)
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)
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
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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)
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Employment & Work Place News Flash
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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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 […]
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 […]
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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