Construction Industry News

  • Traffic Management: How to Keep Your Site Safe

    29 July 2015

    While there are many issues to consider in terms of safety on construction work sites within Australia, a critical area of consideration revolves around traffic management and the creation of traffic management plans. more

  • Will New Guide Foster Total BIM Takeup?

    29 July 2015

    The release of ACIF and APCC’s document ‘A Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration & BIM’ in early December last year gave us a solid background of the BIM landscape in Australia and New Zealand, pointing out the problems and challenges within the industry, such as government agenda versus supplier agenda. However, what it lacked were solutions for the entire industry to move forward with BIM take up and a meaningful commitment to change the way we work on a large scale in Australia. more

  • Police Officer Recalls CFMEU Intimidation

    29 July 2015

    A police officer says he was intimidated by a union organiser after being called to a Canberra worksite where the CFMEU was stopping a concrete pour. more

  • What’s Holding Australia Back on Project Collaboration?

    29 July 2015

    In the modern design and construction environment, few concepts are more crucial to the successful delivery of major projects as collaboration. more

  • Partial answer to Sydney’s housing woes: 3D printing

    29 July 2015

    A leading Silicon Valley technology expert has predicted that it will be the norm to print 3D homes and apartment buildings in Sydney in less than... more

  • Architects Call for Canberra to Forge Ahead with Light Rail

    28 July 2015

    The Australian Institute of Architects says that the politicization of key infrastructure projects such as Canberra's proposed light rail line is of major detriment to long-term planning. more

  • Go Green with Sustainable Modular Construction

    28 July 2015

    Today, more and more construction companies are going the modular route. more

  • Report: Sense of place the key for successful apartment development

    28 July 2015

    Apartment developments need to “think beyond the building” and create a sense of place to be successful, according to a new report by town planning and urban design firm RobertsDay.… more

  • Alan Pears: defer National Construction Code changes or “create a mess”

    28 July 2015

    Building sustainability expert Alan Pears has requested the Australian Building Codes Board undertake further expert consultation and research into measures around building performance and energy use before implementing proposed changes… more

  • China’s sovereign wealth fund wins Investa’s office portfolio

    28 July 2015

    China Investment Corporation has spent almost $2.5 billion to buy Investa’s Australian office portfolio, in what is reportedly the largest transaction of privately held commercial property in Australian history. CIC,… more

  • Design revealed for Wickham transport interchange

    28 July 2015

    NSW Premier Mike Baird and Transport Minister Andrew Constance today unveiled the new design for the transport interchange at Wickham - a key... more

  • Work starts on New Nambucca River Bridge

    28 July 2015

    Work has started on construction of a new bridge over the Nambucca River at Macksville, part of the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca He... more

  • Is Australia’s Building Control Regime Failing?

    27 July 2015

    If any reminder about the need for adequate levels of building control during construction of houses, offices, apartments, hospitals and shopping centres was necessary, recent media images of a townhouse teetering on the edge of a massive pit after the side of a nearby building site in Melbourne’s east has provided that in abundance. more

  • Injury at Work: Could Be Your Age or Your Business Structure!

    27 July 2015

    The construction industry is well-known as a dangerous industry. more

  • Trade Shortages Worsen as Construction Boom Rolls On

    27 July 2015

    As the apartment building boom continues, upward pressure on construction tender prices in Australia is continuing as bottlenecks continue to emerge in some trades. more

  • Builders Warranty Insurance a Source of Shame

    27 July 2015

    The Victorian Auditor General's message could not be clearer: the building industry is in severe and critical crisis. more

  • Industry experts present exclusive forum on WestConnex

    27 July 2015

    As part of Australian Engineering Week, key leaders and decision makers of Australia’s largest transport project WestConnex will participate ... more

  • Adelaide sets new public transport patronage record

    27 July 2015

    The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has congratulated the South Australian Government and the people of Adelaide on their record break... more

  • Furious industry unites to tackle new Building Code failure

    26 July 2015

    UPDATED 24 July 2015 : It’s too vague, has no aims, is riddled with loopholes and appears to have abandoned any explicit imperative to make a building energy-efficient or sustainable… more

  • GHD boosts New Zealand business with high-profile appointments

    24 July 2015

    One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, welcomes six experienced techni... more

  • Port of Townsville announces investment to double capacity

    24 July 2015

    The Port of Townsville is investing $55 million to upgrade Berth 4 and double its capacity. Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the investment wo... more

  • Road map points to nation's future mineral wealth

    24 July 2015

    An industry-sponsored roadmap launched in Perth today sets out for the first time a unified set of priority activities to make a dramatic imp... more

  • Book review: Mongrel Rapture – The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall

    23 July 2015

    If the thought of an architecture book conjures up ideas of large, glossy photos of fabulous edifices, Uro Media’s AIA Victoria award-winning Mongrel Rapture will, like many of ARM’s designs,… more

  • Australia to capitalise on favourable construction conditions

    23 July 2015

    Local and global market conditions are helping Australia become a favourable construction nation, according to our international construction mark... more

  • Major Contractor Announced for Palmerston Regional Hospital

    23 July 2015

    Lend Lease, one of Australia’s largest and most successful construction companies, has been selected as the managing contractor for the 116-bed $1... more

  • Echo consortium wins Queen’s Wharf Brisbane prize

    22 July 2015

    The Destination Brisbane Consortium – including Echo Entertainment - has won the right to develop the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf proj... more

  • G:Link first anniversary prompts calls for phase two rollout

    22 July 2015

    The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) welcomes the first anniversary of the Gold Coast light rail, also known as the G:Link, which in it... more

  • Delivering Sydney's $100m Wynyard upgrade

    22 July 2015

    Novo Rail, a NSW Government alliance in which Laing O’Rourke plays the major delivery and management role, is undertaking the design and con... more

  • Echo consortium wins Queen’s Wharf Brisbane prize

    22 July 2015

    The Destination Brisbane Consortium – including Echo Entertainment - has won the right to develop the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf project i... more

  • Construction officially kicks off

    22 July 2015

    Yesterday, the City of Cockburn held a special sod turning event to mark the commencement of construction of the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation F... more

  • First Palaszczuk Budget - A Better Way For Queensland

    21 July 2015

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed the vote of confidence from Queensland’s MP’s, as the Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget passed through the Parli... more

  • Govt securing role of industry in training package development

    20 July 2015

    The Federal Government's commitment to ensure industry needs are central to the development of training packages has taken a step forward. Senator Simon Birmingham, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training is calling for expressions of interest to establish skills service organisations. more

  • Building a better skyline for Darwin

    20 July 2015

    Buildings more than 90m in height can now be considered for Darwin’s CBD – but only with the consent of the Department of Defence and civil aviati... more

  • High demand for 120 Collins

    20 July 2015

    High Demand For Newly Refurbished 120 Collins Street, Melbourne. 120 Collins Street, Melbourne (“the Building”), Australia’s tallest office tower ... more

  • Ai Group: QLD budget 'sound' but immediate pressures remain

    17 July 2015

    Ai Group Queensland State Director Jemima Dunn expressed approval of the 2015-16 Queensland budget’s view to improve State finances through debt reduction and encouraging the greater diversification of Queensland industry. more

  • Australian workers warned by AMWU about impact of China FTA deal

    17 July 2015

    The Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) has recently issued a warning to Australian workers in light of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). more

  • Getting on with the job: Diana DeZilwa

    17 July 2015

    Diana DeZilwa rarely contemplates gender in the workplace. To the Cardno manager and engineer, colleagues and clients are simply partners who coll... more

  • Modern control tower for Port Hedland port

    17 July 2015

    A new marine control tower and operations centre will be built in Port Hedland to allow for the safe and efficient movement of increasing numbers ... more

  • Trusted Trader Program to bring red tape relief for business

    13 July 2015

    According to Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox, the Trusted Trader Program will ensure that Australian exporters and importers who already comply with the rules can focus their attention on building their businesses, rather than being caught in a web of red tape. more

  • ACCI: labour movement changes under China agreements to 'benefit' Aust

    13 July 2015

    According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, construction projects will be more timely and cost effective under provisions in the China-Australia FTA and a separate MOU on Investment Facilitation Arrangements that allow for the use of overseas workers in some instances more

  • Aust PCI: Residential construction growing, engineering slowed in June

    8 July 2015

    The national construction industry contracted at a steeper rate in June, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) falling 1.4 points to 46.4. more

  • Master Builders: QLD state government budget needs to deliver

    8 July 2015

    Master Builders wants the Queensland Government to support the building industry by keeping the $15,000 first home-owners grant, increasing infrastructure spending and revamping taxation. more

  • Parramatta Council installs new self cleaning dust collection system

    8 July 2015

    Parramatta Council recently installed a new dust extraction system for removal of the wood dust and shavings from their timber joinery in their works depot. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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