Construction Industry News

  • Greens want commercial buildings to be net zero by 2040

    30 June 2016

    The Greens have released a buildings plan that sets a target for all commercial buildings to hit net zero by 2040. The Green Building Plan also includes the re-establishment of… more

  • NZ: The opportunities and barriers for sustainable housing

    30 June 2016

    Prefabrication and engineered timber are the major opportunities to improve the performance of New Zealand housing, the NZ Green Building Council’s Sustainable Housing Summit has heard. Held in both Auckland… more

  • Women considered better industry workers. Or not?

    30 June 2016

    Women and industry workplace settings aren’t a common picture that comes to mind. more

  • Be prepared - wage rate changes effective 1 July 2016

    30 June 2016

    A new National Minimum Wage comes into effect from the first pay period on or after tomorrow, July 1. more

  • NSW Government funding to commence $90M upgrade of Mona Vale Road East

    30 June 2016

    The long awaited $90 million upgrade of Mona Vale Road between Mona Vale and Ingleside will now get underway with funding in the NSW Governme... more

  • Latest project update released for Foxground Berry Bypass

    30 June 2016

    Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced the release of the latest update on the Foxground and Berry bypass roject, highlighting prog... more

  • Landscape lighting design brings subtlety, restraint and integration

    30 June 2016

    WGE Specialist Lighting has been engaged to provide landscape lighting schemes for West Side Place, a 5-Star Hotel and Residential Tower Deve... more

  • Lisa Samways appointed as National Business Leader

    30 June 2016

    Sydney, Australia - Following on from her success as Building Structures Manager and making the 2015 'Powerful Part-Timers' list, Lisa Samway... more

  • GBCA joins ground breaking project to build a carbon zero future

    30 June 2016

    The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has joined forces with the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) to deliver on the ambitions... more

  • NSW Government funding to commence $90M upgrade of Mona Vale Road East

    30 June 2016

    The long awaited $90 million upgrade of Mona Vale Road between Mona Vale and Ingleside will now get underway with funding in the NSW Governme... more

  • Realigned Olympic Highway improves road safety in Kapooka

    29 June 2016

    BMD Constructions has delivered a safer road in regional New South Wales with the realigned Olympic Highway at Kapooka officially opened on T... more

  • Level Crossing Removals Creating Thousands Of Jobs

    29 June 2016

    The Andrews Labor Government’s work to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings is reducing congestion and making communities safer more

  • Salary increases unlikely to excite this year: Hays Salary Guide released for construction, architecture and engineering

    29 June 2016

    Business activity and permanent headcounts may be rising, but according to the 2016 Hays Salary Guide they are not translating into wide-rang... more

  • All out for zero carbon, as WorldGBC mobilises for action

    28 June 2016

    The World Green Building Council has mobilised its global strength in the building sector and formalised its strategy to meet promises made at COP21 last year. WorldGBC chief executive Terri… more

  • Lisa Samways appointed Arcadis national business lead for building structures

    28 June 2016

    Design and consultancy firm Arcadis has appointed Lisa Samways as national business leader for building structures. Ms Samways is a chartered professional engineer with 16 years’ experience in the structural… more

  • Geelong’s WorkSafe building to hit NABERS high thanks to CEFC finance

    28 June 2016

    The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has made its largest-ever investment in commercial property with $68 million going to property fund manager Quintessential Equity to ensure the new Geelong-based WorkSafe Victoria… more

  • Sustainability and community win at state architecture awards

    28 June 2016

    State architecture awards held last week in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory all agreed on one thing: a focus on community and sustainability is key to quality projects. Victoria Community… more

  • Australia’s first engineered timber office building at Barangaroo sets new sustainability benchmark

    28 June 2016

    Lendlease has announced plans for Australia’s first engineered timber office, setting a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building mate... more

  • Australia’s first engineered timber office building at Barangaroo sets new sustainability benchmark

    28 June 2016

    Lendlease has announced plans for Australia’s first engineered timber office, setting a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building mate... more

  • $80 Million Development Approved For Geelong

    28 June 2016

    Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved an $80 million multi-storey tower in central Geelong, which will deliver new office space an... more

  • A Computer Took My Job

    28 June 2016

    My sister is a Chartered Accountant who works for a large international consultancy. Last week, she sent me an article from Futurism that ann... more

  • Land Developer Vindicated

    28 June 2016

    A Calgary land developer was found not to be liable for the injury suffered on a construction site in the recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision in Heikkila v. Apex Land Corporation. more

  • Kurow bridge timbers travel north for rebuild of Christchurch bridge

    27 June 2016

    Reclaimed Australian hardwood timber from the old Kurow Bridges is breathing new life into a Christchurch bridge damaged by the earthquakes. ... more

  • World-class signalling system on track to boost SEQ’s train capacity

    27 June 2016

    A new world-class rail signalling system for South East Queensland’s rail network is on the fast track, with global Expressions of Interest t... more

  • New pillar of sustainability opens in Sydney

    27 June 2016

    A new look for the Sydney skyline, 200 George Street, opened on Wednesday 22 June. The tower features Australia’s first closed-cavity façade ... more

  • Berrimah Farm land release will create a new suburb

    27 June 2016

    One of the largest land-release projects in the Northern Territory’s history has taken a major step forward through the signing of a developm... more

  • Combination Coatings Create Infrastructure That Endures

    27 June 2016

    The use of multiple coating processes in tandem can significantly heighten the durability of steel-based infrastructure items such as bridges, making them far more resistant to corrosion-related degradation and extending their projected lifespans. more

  • The Six Biggest Building Budgeting Mistakes

    27 June 2016

    If you’ve not been through a home building or renovating experience, setting a budget can be difficult. Here are a a few areas that can cause budget blow-outs: more

  • Are Engineers Neglecting Resilience?

    27 June 2016

    With 173 people killed, 414 injured, 2,100 homes destroyed and 7,562 people displaced, the Black Saturday bushfires which raged throughout Victoria in February 2009 were by far the worst natural disaster which that state had experienced in a long time. more

  • Politicians Don’t Think 30 Years Ahead

    27 June 2016

    I recently gave the keynote address at the Timber Queensland Conference, which was titled “Shaking the Trees.” Our forest industry is vitally important. more

  • The Role of Government in Addressing Non-conformance

    27 June 2016

    We need a greater level of continuity in government policy so that business can compete, innovate and initiate change that will allow the people of Australia to prosper. more

  • Lagging Design Safety Remains a Key Cause of Accidents

    27 June 2016

    Improvements to safety in design could achieve a dramatic reduction in accidents and fatalities on built assets around Australia. more

  • Opportunities for Engineers in Transport, Commercial Building

    27 June 2016

    As the resource sector boom fades, road and rail construction along with areas of commercial building such as retail, healthcare and accommodation facilities appear to be the best areas of opportunity for engineers throughout Australia. more

  • Engineers Losing Millions through Bad Contract Administration

    27 June 2016

    Of all tasks which can lead to costly disputes if not done well, one area which is particularly critical for engineers in Australia revolves around contract administration. more

  • No New Funding for Infrastructure and Smart Cities

    27 June 2016

    Now that Level 2 BIM is mandatory for all UK public sector projects from April 2016, the UK is looking to press on with Level 3 BIM to support a fully integrated and collaborative process that plans to save building owners billions of pounds each year. more

  • NSW Budget 2016 Surplus and infrastructure investment welcomed but concerns loom for property industry

    24 June 2016

    The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW today welcomed NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklians second budget delivering a surplus f... more

  • JLL on how to be green and achieve wins for investors and tenants

    23 June 2016

    Property management teams are at the frontline of sustainability in the built environment, according to JLL sustainability analyst Lisa Hinde. It’s a role that also has commercial benefits, leading not… more

  • Bugs versus building science

    23 June 2016

    Within a few hours of moving in, we had spotted a cockroach. The little beast was trying to hide in the shadows of a corner. My wife, always humane, collected… more

  • Manufacturers plan for more investment and new jobs

    23 June 2016

    Australia's manufacturers remain upbeat thanks to an uptick in home building activity and the lower Australian dollar, although the surge in confidence of late last year is abating, according to the June quarter Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends. more

  • NSW budget boosts jobs and investment in construction industry: ACA

    23 June 2016

    The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has welcomed the NSW Budget as providing a major job and investment boost for the construction industry in the state. more

  • Construction for Stage 2 light rail set to start in July

    23 June 2016

    It is full steam ahead for Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail extension with construction to start along the 7.3-kilometre route next month. more

  • John Holland to deliver early works for Melbourne Metro

    23 June 2016

    John Holland has won the contract to deliver the $324m early works package for Victoria’s biggest public transport project, Melbourne Metro. more

  • The difference between concrete underpinning and resin injection

    21 June 2016

    Cracks in the walls near windows and doorways, or sinking and sloping floors, may be early indicators that you are experiencing problems with your home's foundations. more

  • Why do foundations sink?

    21 June 2016

    If you’ve spotted large cracks in the walls of your home or gaps appearing between the skirting and floors, there may be a chance the building and the ground beneath it are sinking. more

  • National OH&S Strategy: how did Australia perform?

    21 June 2016

    Read on to find out how Australia stacks up against OH&S targets and how different industries fared. more

  • Reinventing Company Culture to Increase Employee Engagement and Safety

    15 June 2016

    Company culture, an elusive and often overlooked and undervalued concept. more

  • Signet's top tips for improving your construction site

    10 June 2016

    Construction sites can be loud, busy, and very risky. Tools and people play an important role in maintaining site efficiency and safety. more

  • How flexible factory dividing walls reduce contamination

    10 June 2016

    In 1855 CSR started up as a sugar company. Over the years they have evolved to become one of the leading Building Product companies in Australia and New Zealand. more

  • Cautious approach needed on apprenticeship quotas: ACCI

    9 June 2016

    Labor is right to seek ways to reverse the slide in apprenticeship numbers but its proposal for quotas on government-funded infrastructure projects needs to be considered with caution, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said recently. more

  • Supporting innovative businesses to drive jobs and growth

    9 June 2016

    Innovation is critical to Australia's economic transition and forms an important part of our national economic plan. more

  • 6 Great Apps for Industrial Businesses

    2 June 2016

    It's the digital age, an age where there are countless ways to use our digits anywhere and everywhere to access anything and everything through a mobile phone. more

  • Annual wage review places pressure on business: ACCI

    2 June 2016

    The Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase minimum and award wages by 2.4 per cent means a heavier burden for employers operating in an economy in transition, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said recently. more

  • NSW work-related fatalities at lowest level in almost 20 years

    2 June 2016

    The latest workers compensation data released by the State's workers compensation authority shows a significant fall in death and injury rates in NSW workplaces. more

  • The Role of Mental Health in Workplace Safety

    1 June 2016

    When it comes to workplace safety, physical safety is usually on the agenda. more

  • Four fast facts about wage growth: ACCI

    26 May 2016

    New data shows that wages continue to grow more slowly than they have in the past, but the headline result does not tell the full story, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said recently. more

  • How to match people to productivity

    19 May 2016

    Your star salesperson has been consistently topping thier budgets and receiving fantastic bonuses for two years. Now your sales manager has decided to fly the coup. more

  • Tax changes will help grow Australian scale in manufacturing: AAMC

    19 May 2016

    The recent announcement regarding change to the small business tax rate and the change in the eligibility threshold from $2 million turnover to $10 million has been applauded by Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC). more

  • Can Australian manufacturing compete globally?

    12 May 2016

    According to those in the know the answer is yes. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Key Road Infrastructure Projects to commence works in Tasmania | www.engineersaustralia.org.au

    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 | www.engineersaustralia.org.au

    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 | www.engineersaustralia.org.au

    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

  • 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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