Construction Industry News

  • NSW Population is a Winner and a Great Sign for the Origin Decider

    8 July 2015

    When it comes to Australia’s population, New South Wales are the champions of Origin. more

  • CFMEU Allegedly Broke the Law 822 Times

    8 July 2015

    A major trade union and its representatives allegedly broke the law 822 times after shutting down two Queensland work sites, a federal government agency says. more

  • Record-breaking Residential Construction Approvals

    7 July 2015

    A massive pipeline of housing construction is expected to help slow soaring home prices in the coming year. more

  • Another Union Official Fined

    7 July 2015

    A construction union official and his union have been fined $24,000 after he racially abused a site representative on a Western Australian construction project. more

  • Advertisement: Buildings Alive, Building systems engineer

    7 July 2015

    The Company At Buildings Alive, we are passionate about making the built environment more sustainable. We are a creative, agile and ambitious organisation focussed on helping maximise the operational efficiency… more

  • How to avoid the confusion of site selection for food processing

    7 July 2015

    Expansions and acquisitions are a growing characteristic of the maturing Australasian food industry. Major local companies and multinationals need to compete in the global economy, so they’re looking to grow organically, consolidate their operations, or expand through acquisition. more

  • How Can Phoenix Companies Be Stopped?

    6 July 2015

    The experience of workers and creditors associated with Sydney-based construction companies linked to James Soong over several decades was shocking. more

  • What Does Australia Make for Construction These Days?

    6 July 2015

    Construction is pump priming the post mining boom economic hole, so it’s perhaps useful to reflect on what Australia actually makes that goes into projects these days. more

  • The Truth Behind the ‘Consumer Protection Reform Strategy’

    6 July 2015

    After the damaging Auditor-General’s Report of 2011 and the Ombudsman’s Report of 2012, there was much public comment on the disturbing revelations of failed governance and maladministration. more

  • Victoria Contributions Overhaul to Spur Urban Development

    6 July 2015

    The Victorian government hopes to expedite the creation of much-needed urban infrastructure in the state by overhauling the development contribution system. more

  • Building a brighter future

    6 July 2015

    India’s urban slums aren’t generally renowned as career destinations, yet for some with a more entrepreneurial bent, they are becoming just that. For 19-year-old Krishna Bala the slum communities of… more

  • Ai Group argues manufacturers risk losing out on FTA benefits

    5 July 2015

    According to Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, the overall aim of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) should always be to provide a net benefit to Australian companies, but there is a growing perception that manufacturers should be getting more out of their current agreements. more

  • The Crossover Between Court Trials and Misconduct Inquiries

    3 July 2015

    At a recent VCAT review hearing, a ‘double jeopardy’ type argument was run, to the effect that the building practitioner appealing a misconduct penalty (suspension of registration) should be able to refer to having been convicted and fined at the Magistrates Court previously. more

  • Is The Era of Private Certification Nearly Over?

    3 July 2015

    Over the last few months, I have addressed a number of interstate conferences and the banter is all about the imminent demise of private certification. If this is correct, how did it get to this? more

  • Victoria’s building industry is failing consumers

    2 July 2015

    The verdict on Victoria’s domestic building industry is in and on the public record. And it’s not pretty. The evidence of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office Audit into Victoria’s Consumer Protection… more

  • How to buy the right spill kits for your site

    2 July 2015

    At the very least, spills are inconvenient. Often though, they're far worse than that. If there is no plan in place to deal with them they can cause costly delays and downtime during the cleanup. more

  • Tips for Purchasing Commercial Doors and Access Systems

    2 July 2015

    Choosing commercial doors isn't just a case of filling a gap with something that opens and closes. It can be that simple if the only things requiring access are staff and clients. more

  • How to prevent and manage soil erosion

    2 July 2015

    We've all seen them; jagged scars in the land and along beaches, banks subsiding onto sand, previously stable land falling inexorably away. It's not a pretty sight, nor is it an attractive occurrence as its economic consequences can be far uglier than its aesthetic ones. more

  • Adelaide continues carbon neutral drive with public building battery program

    1 July 2015

    The South Australian government has announced a $1.1 million tender to demonstrate solar battery technology on a suite of Adelaide’s public buildings. The move follows Adelaide City Council’s recent announcement… more

  • 6 things a great business leader does every day

    1 July 2015

    If the road to success came with accurate directions Forbes Rich List would be gridlocked. Quite simply, there is no tried and true 'Do this, do that, then do that' formula for business success. more

  • IBISWorld reveals the industries set to fly and fall in 2015-16

    1 July 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new financial year, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the industries set to flourish and those set to flounder over the next 12 months. more

  • Sustainable design stars at state architecture awards

    30 June 2015

    Tremendous examples of sustainable design feature among the winning projects in this year’s Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory state architecture awards, across categories including public architecture, commercial… more

  • GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative

    30 June 2015

    Australian property owners with Green Star – Performance ratings can now access funds from large institutional investors seeking low-carbon assets, thanks to a partnership between the Green Building Council of… more

  • Minimum wages to be increased by 2.5% from 1 July 2015

    30 June 2015

    The Fair Work Ombudsman has reminded employers about an increase in the minimum wage from the 1st of July. more

  • Major construction players welcome Infrastructure Victoria proposal

    26 June 2015

    The Australian Constructors Association (ACA), which represents the country’s major construction contractors, has welcomed the initiative of the Victorian Government in introducing legislation to establish Infrastructure Victoria more

  • How to buy the right forklift for your needs

    25 June 2015

    They lift heavy things, they carry heavy things, and they put heavy things on high shelves. End of story, right? Far from it. Buying a forklift is like buying a suit; if it doesn't fit, you'll look pretty stupid. more

  • NSW Budget to improve infrastructure, productivity & competitiveness

    24 June 2015

    The NSW Budget is a credible plan for building the state's productive capacity and laying the foundations for stronger economic growth in the longer term, according to Australian Industry Group Director Mark Goodsell. more

  • 3 Warehouse Applications for a Hydraulic Lift Table

    24 June 2015

    Hydraulic lift platforms, also known as scissor lifts, come in about as many shapes and sizes as beetles. more

  • Going for growth but tax reform still needed

    23 June 2015

    The NSW economy is geared for growth off the back of an infrastructure boom but will be better placed to sustain momentum through reforming state taxes, according the Property Council. “This is a good budget that makes the right choices on the infrastructure needed to underpin the growth and liveability of our cities,” NSW Executive Director Glenn Byres said. more

  • Master Builders Welcomes Call For Inquiry Into Non-conforming Building Products

    23 June 2015

    Master Builders Australia supports the call by Senators Xenophon, Lambie and Madigan for a Senate Inquiry into Non-conforming Building Products (NCPs). “We welcome the recognition of the seriousness of the problem NCPs pose to the building and construction industry, commercial and residential builders and the safety of the community,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Call for political parties to honour infrastructure contracts

    18 June 2015

    Australia's leading construction contractors have called on all political parties to commit to honouring contracts entered into for the construction of Australia's much needed infrastructure. more

  • 'Optimism, trepidation' as China-Australia FTA signed

    18 June 2015

    "Ai Group welcomes the official signing today of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and, importantly, the release of the final details of the agreement," Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox asserted recently. more

  • Ice epidemic hits construction, manufacturing, transport sectors

    17 June 2015

    In a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement's inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (Ice) the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has highlighted the particular dangers of the ice epidemic for the manufacturing, construction and transport industries. more

  • 5 Ways Supporting Your Community is Also Good for Business

    17 June 2015

    Ever heard of 'The Giving Pledge'? It's a charitable challenge laid down by two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. more

  • $13m Woolworths project relies on rock anchor works installation

    16 June 2015

    Fusion Civil, a Newcastle based operation, were awarded the contract to supply and install the rock anchor works at the new $13m Woolworths development in Nelson Bay. more

  • 3.5kms of electrical cabling laid to complete QLD substation upgrade

    16 June 2015

    Downer Tenix, a leading delivery partner to owners of gas, electricity, waste water, heavy industrial and mining assets across Australia, designs, constructs and maintains network assets. more

  • What to consider when choosing a truck body for your mining needs

    16 June 2015

    IndustrySearch spoke to Joe Kelly, Regional Sales Manager (Eastern Australia) from Austin Engineering Limited, about the vital role truck bodies play in load haulage and productivity within the mining industry and why it’s important to assess exactly what you require for site specific applications. more

  • Machine servicing for Beroa Australia ensures timely project delivery

    16 June 2015

    Like all industrial machines used in the construction industry, routine maintenance is required to keep LOVA/SOVAS spraying correctly to ensure efficient and timely project delivery. more

  • Last days to comment on Building Professionals Act Review

    10 June 2015

    You’re invited to have your say about the effectiveness of certification and building regulation as part of the independent statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005. Submissions close on Fri 12 June. more

  • Report card sounds warning on housing affordability

    10 June 2015

    Poor planning is holding up new housing and adding to costs for home buyers, finds the most comprehensive national assessment of Australia’s planning framework ever undertaken. The 2015 Development Assessment Report Card (3rd Edition) commissioned by the Property Council of Australia shows that more than a decade after agreeing to ten national principles for best practice development assessment, Australia’s states and territories are still lagging. more

  • National New Home Lending Posts Solid April Gains

    10 June 2015

    ABS housing finance figures released for April 2015 show an increase in lending for new homes to both owner occupiers and investors, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of the residential building industry. “In a positive update for new home building activity in early 2015/16, finance for new housing climbed higher across the board in the month of April this year,” commented HIA Chief Economist, Dr Harley Dale. more

  • Early Sign Of Rebalancing In Housing Finance

    10 June 2015

    “The latest housing finance figures for April shows a welcome turnaround away from the focus on investment toward finance for the construction of houses,” Peter Jones, Chief Economist of Master Builders Australia said. “The 4.3 per cent increase in finance for construction of dwellings is an encouraging sign that the market is starting to rebalance away from the dominance of investment property,” he said. more

  • Safety Alert on Non-Certified Sprinklers

    10 June 2015

    The International Fire Sprinkler Association (IFSA) has identified a significant concern in certain regions of the world regarding the use of counterfeit fire sprinkler products, as well as those products that have no marking indicating that they have been certified by a reputable third party certification organisation. more

  • Constructors Release Safety Resource Material to Industry

    10 June 2015

    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 Design and cover a range of issues. more

  • Wanted: Engineering Leaders

    10 June 2015

    Australian engineering is at somewhat of a cross road. The escalation of the cost of providing engineering services in this country, the recent high currency exchange rates, the globalisation of engineering services aided by the internet, and the growth in engineering capability in developing nations is seeing engineering for Australian projects increasingly moving overseas; and Australian engineering often labelled “globally uncompetitive”. Whereas young engineers could once choose from engineering careers in any of government, manufacturing, mining and resources, operations, or services sectors; recent events have seen many of those sectors in a state of decline and in a “firing, not… more

  • Housing Affordability Demands A Bi-Partisan Approach

    5 June 2015

    “The heightened debate in Federal Parliament about housing affordability is welcomed but Master Builders calls for a bi-partisan and rational approach, one that must also involve state and territory governments,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “As properly identified by the Treasury and the Reserve Bank, at the core of the housing affordability challenge is the lack of supply in meeting the demands of a growing population and changing demographic housing needs,” he said. more

  • A clear picture on infrastructure

    5 June 2015

    Public and private investment must increase to ensure that the nation’s infrastructure meets the needs of our growing population and economy, according to Australia’s first comprehensive infrastructure audit. The audit predicts that Australia's population will reach 30.5 million in the next 15 years, with over 70% of population increase concentrated in capital cities.. If current road infrastructure is not upgraded, this will lead to a 20% increase in travel times in areas of high congestion. The resulting impacts to economic growth and living standards could cost $53 billion by 2031. Demand for public transport is also… more

  • Property now Australia's biggest industry

    5 June 2015

    The property industry has almost doubled its contribution to Australian GDP in the last decade and now has the economy’s largest footprint, finds new research from AEC Group. The property industry’s share of GDP rose to $182.5 billion in 2013-14 – the highest of any industry in the country, reveals the research commissioned by the Property Council. more

  • HIA Welcomes Small Business Focus in Budget

    15 May 2015

    The Federal Budget delivers a welcome injection into the engine room of Australia’s economy – the small business sector – according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia's residential building industry. “The $5.5 billion ‘Growing jobs and small business package’ provides important support to a wide-ranging group of small businesses in the residential construction industry,” said HIA Chief Executive, Industry Policy and Media Relations, Graham Wolfe. more

  • The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement

    15 May 2015

    John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects that have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.  more

  • Vision for the North a bold step towards economic success

    15 May 2015

    Peak body Engineers Australia applauds the Commonwealth Government’s establishment of a $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to drive investment in critical infrastructure, building a strong north for a stronger nation. “The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is a bold step towards the successful development of Northern Australia,” said Engineers Australia Northern Division General Manager, Mr Greg Ewing. more

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