Construction Industry News

  • Bentley Systems issues call for submissions to 2016 Be Inspired Awards for excellence in infrastructure

    6 May 2016

    Sydney, Australia – 5 May 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing i... more

  • Local Area Traffic Management Guidance Updated

    6 May 2016

    Austroads has published a new edition of its Local Area Traffic Management guidance to reflect new design concepts and approaches to safety. more

  • Transport for NSW appoints new Deputy Secretary Infrastructure Services

    6 May 2016

    Transport for NSW Secretary, Tim Reardon today announced the appointment of Stephen Troughton as Deputy Secretary Infrastructure and Services... more

  • Driving innovation and global competitive advantage for Australia’s METS sector

    6 May 2016

    Aurecon’s CEO Giam Swiegers met METS Ignited Chair Elizabeth Lewis-Gray yesterday to help inform a plan that will accelerate the productivity... more

  • Engineering Insight: What do you do with all that waste?

    6 May 2016

    New solutions to deal with biosolids are being implemented globally. But do the costs outweigh the benefits? more

  • Vic Govt Projects Lacking Business Cases

    6 May 2016

    Victoria doesn't have business cases for the majority of the suburban level crossings it is spending $6 billion to remove. more

  • SA Fails to get Infrastructure Funds

    6 May 2016

    South Australia has been dudded on infrastructure spending with "not one new program" for the state in the federal budget, state Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says. more

  • NSW Welcomes Western Sydney Splurge

    6 May 2016

    As their federal colleagues prepare for the start of an election battle, the NSW coalition government has been keen to heap praise on the 2016 budget. more

  • Building Surge Drives Construction Prices Higher

    6 May 2016

    Tender prices in the construction sector throughout Australia are rising at their fastest pace in many years as massive levels of investment in apartments and infrastructure put contractors in a strong bargaining position, especially in eastern states. more

  • Australia’s Hottest Residential Construction Markets Unveiled

    6 May 2016

    Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales have taken the lead as the nation’s hottest housing construction markets, according to the latest report. more

  • Time to Define Defects and Specification

    6 May 2016

    A lack of robust definitions that outline what constitutes good workmanship and defects are causing plenty of headaches for homeowners. It's time that ended. more

  • NSW Land Clearing Laws Move Forward

    6 May 2016

    NSW farmers will get greater freedom to clear land under new laws being proposed by the state government. more

  • Building: Spotlighting the System

    6 May 2016

    For many reasons, the spotlight is firmly focused on the building industry. Apart from the non-conformance fiasco and dysfunctional ‘governance,’ the industry has distinguished itself for building one of the biggest man-made disasters in Australia’s history. more

  • Melbourne celebrates a most contentious architectural movement

    5 May 2016

    Domain recently called the Sirius public housing development “Sydney’s most hated building”. The Millers Point apartments are at the centre of a heated debate over public housing and architecture more… more

  • Interview: Greg Stone, from Microsoft to Arup and why

    5 May 2016

    Enormous digital disruption is occurring globally but if the Australian property industry is to utilise emerging technology, it needs to change its business model, contractual arrangements, and design methodology, says… more

  • Things to Consider When Buying Drilling Equipment for a Mining Site

    5 May 2016

    Well, there are obviously plenty of things to consider, far too many to cover in a single article. We can simply give you some general advice and information to help narrow down your options. more

  • CPB Contractors wins Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2

    5 May 2016

    CPB Contractors has been selected by GoldLinQ Pty Ltd to design and construct Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project. more

  • Getting on with building the Inland Rail

    5 May 2016

    The Turnbull Government is responsibly investing in infrastructure in cities and regions to boost jobs and growth. That's why we are committi... more

  • ARA Encourages Further Federal Funding of Urban Rail

    5 May 2016

    The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is encouraged by the level of commitment made by the Turnbull Government in the 2016-2017 Budget t... more

  • Darlington Upgrade kicks off

    5 May 2016

    Gateway South, a joint venture between Laing O'Rourke and Fulton Hogan, has officially started work on South Australia's $620m Darlington Upg... more

  • No surprises business-friendly budget

    5 May 2016

    The 2016 Budget is big on engendering the have-a-go spirit on which Australia was founded with a strong package to incentivise businesses to ... more

  • Budget shows asset recycling works for infrastructure

    5 May 2016

    The Federal Budget shows that just a few billion in Commonwealth funding incentives to state governments has unlocked more than $20 billion t... more

  • CPB Contractors wins Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2

    5 May 2016

    CPB Contractors has been selected by GoldLinQ Pty Ltd to design and construct Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project. more

  • No surprises business-friendly budget

    5 May 2016

    The 2016 Budget is big on engendering the have-a-go spirit on which Australia was founded with a strong package to incentivise businesses to ... more

  • Buyers Flooding into Vancouver

    5 May 2016

    Real estate agent Chuck Meagher is touring six Lower Mainland residents around Greater Victoria this week, kicking the tires on condos, single-family houses and a couple of acres of bare land. more

  • Construction Regulations Mustn’t Leave Small Firms Vulnerable

    5 May 2016

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is welcoming an important milestone in its long-term effort to have Halifax adopt a construction mitigation policy. more

  • Building our Future: Strengthening Australia through critical and innovative infrastructure investment

    4 May 2016

    The 2016–17 Budget provides for ongoing investment in critical infrastructure and regional development to reduce congestion, improve safety a... more

  • Building our Future: Strengthening Australia through critical and innovative infrastructure investment

    4 May 2016

    The 2016–17 Budget provides for ongoing investment in critical infrastructure and regional development to reduce congestion, improve safety a... more

  • Cities Policy is good economic policy

    4 May 2016

    The recent Cities Summit and Smart Cities Policy are important steps in helping to remove the barriers that are holding back our cities from ... more

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    3 May 2016

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    3 May 2016

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  • ARM Architecture scoops Gold Medal at Architecture Awards

    2 May 2016

    ARM Architecture has won the Australian Institute of Architects’ most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. The practice was referred to by AIA national… more

  • NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler announces resignation

    2 May 2016

    New Zealand Green Building Council chief executive Alex Cutler has announced her resignation, and will leave the organisation later this year. Ms Cutler has been in the role for close… more

  • Construction jobs boost in Queensland’s largest suburban renewal project

    2 May 2016

    In a major boost to apprenticeships and construction jobs, work has commenced on the biggest stage of Queensland’s largest suburban renewal p... more

  • Architects Announced For State Library Redevelopment

    27 April 2016

    A consortium of internationally celebrated architects has been selected to design the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redeve... more

  • Work underway on the new Parkes water and sewerage treatment plants

    27 April 2016

    John Holland has commenced work for the new Water Treatment and Sewage Treatment Plants in Parkes, New South Wales. The new 16 ML/day WTP wil... more

  • New advanced spray-on corrosion protection for steel and concrete

    26 April 2016

    Grounding engineering specialist Mainmark has launched ENCAP6™, a range of technologically advanced, spray-on corrosion protection solutions ... more

  • How to build great Quality Control (QC) into your organisation

    21 April 2016

    Quality: it's one of those overused words we apply to everything – homes, food, fabrics, cars, relationships; you name it, in some way we try to attach quality to it. more

  • NMW 2016: Brilliant prospects for industry

    8 April 2016

    National Manufacturing Week 2016 (May 11 - 13, Sydney) is shaping up as a brilliant forum for manufacturers and allied industries who are seeking new opportunities for business growth. more

  • Qld Carmichael mine approvals put thousands of new jobs step closer

    3 April 2016

    Thousands of new jobs in regional Queensland have come a major step closer with approval of the mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine and rail project in the State's Galilee Basin. more

  • NMW 2016: Innovation + new tools = ideas boom

    24 March 2016

    With the Australian Government investing $1.1BN to bring about an 'ideas boom' by 2020, the next four years are likely to be a powerhouse period for innovations such as 3D printing which, quite literally, brings an additional dimension to new ideas. more

  • Dubbo rare metals and rare earths mine an economic boon

    17 March 2016

    Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, recently announced that a billion dollar project in the State's central west to mine rare metals and rare earths has now passed its final hurdle and will go ahead. more

  • The importance of worksite noise control

    15 March 2016

    From vehicles and machinery to rock breaking and demolition, worksites are hubs of noisy activity. more

  • NMW 2016: Paving the way to new markets

    10 March 2016

    How could your business prosper with the help of Australia's national science agency? more

  • First Gorgon production in WA marks another major LNG milestone

    10 March 2016

    Australia has taken another significant step towards becoming the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with first production from the massive Gorgon Project off Western Australia. more

  • Things to Consider When Buying Scaffolding for Your Site

    3 March 2016

    Is scaffolding just a temporary working frame on the outside of a building? Or is a building itself, albeit with a short life span? The latter way of thinking is preferable if you plan to take your scaffolding seriously. more

  • Event: Women Building Futures

    1 March 2016

    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 Management – a celebration of women working in these industries. Hear from women leading in Property, Construction and Project Management as they discuss their experiences and careers in historically male-dominated industries. Chat with alumni about how they found their way into the workforce and find out what employers are looking for from members of our Employer of Choice (EOC) program. more

  • 24 Million Reasons to Think Long Term on Housing Supply

    1 March 2016

    The Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, released the 2016 edition of Housing Australia’s Future, a comprehensive analysis of residential building requirements out to 2050, both nationally and in each state. "Modelling by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Australia’s population broke through 24 million just after mid-night last Monday. After many years where new housing supply has fallen short of demographic demand, housing affordability has become a perennial problem in many parts of the country. With a population set to reach 25 million in just a few years, policy makers must… more

  • Building Approvals Stumble into 2016: HIA

    1 March 2016

    ABS figures show that new home building approvals faltered during the first month of 2016, said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “January 2016 was a rather weak month for new home building approvals, with both detached house approvals and those for multi-units falling back compared with December,” noted HIA Senior Economist Shane Garrett. more

  • Nominations extended for Australia's most innovative engineers

    1 March 2016

    There is still time to nominate as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers. Engineers Australia and create magazine are compiling a list to be published in the July issue of create. The closing date for entries has been extended till 11 March, 2016 to cope with the high interest in the list. more

  • Registration now open for NMW 2016

    29 February 2016

    Registration is now open for National Manufacturing Week 2016 (May 11 - 13, Sydney), Australia's largest, longest-running manufacturing industry event. more

  • VIC construction activity continues to powers ahead

    25 February 2016

    Victoria’s construction industry continues to power ahead with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing an 11 per cent increase in construction activity throughout the state in 2015. more

  • Do you have an idea to improve Sydney’s infrastructure?

    19 February 2016

    It’s time to think outside of the box and beyond incremental thinking. Consult Australia is looking for the next big ideas that will use value capture financing to positively transform Australia’s largest city. Value capture provides a way of funding urban renewal, infrastructure and other projects without being a burden on tax payers. Your infrastructure idea will be funded based on the additional value it brings to an area over a given period. That is, enabled by government, built privately and funded through value uplift. more

  • Tips for Buying Protective Clothing

    18 February 2016

    Buying the right protective gear can be about as fraught as trying to outfit a wedding party. There are all kinds of jobs and potential hazards to consider, not to mention some hefty penalties, both emotionally and financially, if you get it wrong. more

  • Changes to negative gearing will put jobs and growth at risk

    10 February 2016

    Australia’s largest industry, the property industry, has warned that changes to negative gearing will hit the economy during a time when the Australian economy is in transition. “It is disturbing to think that at a time when Australia needs stable economic direction, new burdens risk being placed on an industry that provides 1.1 million jobs”, said Glenn Byres, Chief of Policy and Housing, Property Council of Australia. more

  • ACA: A Year of Optimism & Promise

    9 February 2016

    Holidays are over, kids are at school, staff are back and we can settle in to another year. While we may focus our business activities on the financial year, many of us use the calendar year as our core planning and activity cycle, and this message comes to you as we head into 2016 with vigour and optimism.   more

  • How to prevent niggling workplace injuries that cost time

    4 February 2016

    We all hear about the workplace tragedies that make the papers and take a huge toll on families and employers alike. more

  • How to choose the right materials handling equipment

    21 January 2016

    Are you a new warehouse or factory with a blank canvass? Or are you an established operation looking to upgrade? more

  • Key Road Infrastructure Projects to commence works in Tasmania |

    18 January 2016

    Tasmanian companies VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd and DCS Civil have won tenders to provide critical civil infrastructure in the State’s North-East and South. VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd will deliver the Winklers Lagoon Bridge Replacement on the Great Eastern Drive and DCS Civil the Glendevie Climbing Lanes on the Huon Highway. Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, who announced the successful tenderers, said that as Tasmanian companies, VCE Civil and DCS Civil will support local jobs and drive the State’s economy.  more

  • NT government prioritising infrastructure |

    18 January 2016

    Mark Monaghan, General Manager of Engineers Australia Northern Division, welcomed the news in December 2015 of record investment in NT infrastructure exceeding $74 million. “Consistent investment infrastructure is vital for the Northern Territory to achieve long-term sustainable solutions in the region,” said Mr Monaghan. Acting Minister for Infrastructure David Tollner said in a statement last week that the NT Government is investing more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure across the Territory this financial year. more

  • Road and rail infrastructure projects boost demand for engineers |

    18 January 2016

    Hays Recruitment says major highway and rail infrastructure projects in NSW, Victoria and the ACT are generating high levels of engineering jobs for the January to March quarter of 2016. In its latest engineering recruitment update, Hays Recruitment said that design engineers, rail engineers, project engineers and drafters are all in strong demand. With the award of major infrastructure projects recently, associated industries and services are also benefitting, resulting in increased demand for certain personnel such as transport planners. more

  • Strategic Noise Management Tips for Mining Sites

    13 January 2016

    Bulldozers, scrapers, trucks, excavators, draglines, conveyors, not to mention blasting; mines dig up more ways to assault our senses than most industries. more

  • Work with the PolyCom team to reap benefits of in-situ stabilisation

    8 January 2016

    For half the cost of re-sheeting, PolyCom treated unsealed roads last four to six times longer. more

  • A sound solution to construction noise

    7 January 2016

    Construction noise is one of the most common sources of noise pollution in Australia. The noise levels generated from vehicles, tools and machinery can be very high, and are not only harmful to the workers, but they can be very disruptive to the surrounding environment and residents. more

  • When should you worry about cracks in your walls?

    23 December 2015

    Turning a blind eye to wall cracks in your home may mean you’re missing the warning signs for serious and ongoing structural damage. more

  • Mainmark closes the cracks in heritage apartment building

    23 December 2015

    The directors of a heritage apartment building in Elwood, Victoria were faced with a challenge: many cracks had developed gradually over the building’s life, which were aesthetically unappealing and in need of costly, cyclic repair. more

  • Building approvals show need for close eye on supply

    3 November 2015

    Building approvals are coming off record highs on a month by month basis, according to the latest ABS data out on Monday, suggesting governments need to keep a close eye on the supply pipeline for new housing. While nationally approvals still had enough momentum to hit 230,298 year on year on a seasonal basis, Property Council Executive Director Residential Nick Proud said one good year won’t make up for a decade of underbuilding. more

  • Property is key in reform debate

    21 October 2015

    Major economic reform has never been easy, but it’s something we must turn our attention to as a nation. As such, around 90 of our nation’s peak business and community groups met in Sydney in August to work out a way forward. Making sure Australia’s economy is set up to succeed and to create jobs means making some big changes. And while these groups all bring different priorities and perspectives, the National Reform Summit was an attempt to lay a platform for some of these changes. more

  • Australian residential outlook optimistic in 2016

    21 October 2015

    The RDC CoreLogic RP Data Australian Residential Development Outlook Spring Edition, recently released, forecasts solid activity in 2016 as the industry comes off the back of building an unprecedented supply of new dwellings. The Australian Residential Development Outlook is a comprehensive report that provides the highlights of the fundamental indicators for the residential development market in macro, fiscal, housing investment and housing activity. “Although there are some indicators that have softened, the demand for new housing remains positive following rising household wealth, competitive financing costs and increasing population,” Property Council Residential Executive Director, Nick Proud, said. more

  • Treasurer on right track on housing affordability

    23 September 2015

    Treasurer Scott Morrison has immediately zeroed in on the solution to housing affordability challenges – a partnership with states to increase the supply of new homes. Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison welcomed the Treasurer’s focus on housing affordability and tax reform in comments published in today’s Daily Telegraph. “It is absolutely time to start targeting the supply of new homes which is the real culprit for increases in house prices,” Mr Morrison said. “New supply is finally taking the heat out of prices and governments need to ensure our current strong construction activity continues. more

  • Cities take centre stage

    23 September 2015

    Our new Prime Minister has lost no time in placing cities squarely back on the federal agenda. The appointment of Jamie Briggs as Australia’s first ever Federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment should be heralded for what it is: a key economic appointment. New Treasurer Scott Morrison, the former head of research for the Property Council in the 1990s, has an unrivalled knowledge of housing and the broader property sector. more

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