Construction Industry News

  • Ex-Qld CFMEU Boss Facing Court Action

    5 February 2016

    Former Queensland CFMEU President David Hanna is facing court action for breaching right-of-entry laws and getting into an altercation with site managers at a Fortitude Valley construction site. more

  • Top 10 US States for Green Building

    5 February 2016

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its annual top 10 states for LEED. more

  • Building Sector Needs to Catch Up on Product Compliance

    5 February 2016

    The Victorian Building Authority believes that all members along the entire construction “supply chain” need to take greater pains to ensure that building products and materials are in full compliance with requirements. more

  • Over $500,000 in Fines Handed Down Over Vic Wall Collapse

    5 February 2016

    A wall collapse that killed three people in Melbourne has now attracted more than half a million dollars in fines for those involved. more

  • CPB Contractors wins Bruce Highway Upgrade Section C

    5 February 2016

    CIMIC Group’s construction company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads to construct Se... more

  • Next steps for the Carmichael coal and rail project

    5 February 2016

    A number of statutory obligations and outstanding legal issues remain to be addressed before I can consider granting the Carmichael coal proj... more

  • The Impact of Technology on Employment in Construction

    4 February 2016

    It was recently estimated by a CEDA report that as many of 40 per cent (almost 5 million) of Australian jobs are at high risk of redundancy from new technologies in the next 10 to 15 years, with a further 18.4 per cent being at medium risk. more

  • Timber Buildings to Rise Higher Following NCC Amendments

    4 February 2016

    Approved changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will see timber buildings in Australia rise to far greater heights starting from May 1, 2016. more

  • WA Govt Denies 'Waste of Money' Claim

    4 February 2016

    The West Australian government has rebutted opposition claims that it has wasted more than $3 million on an old house for Perth's deferred light rail project, which could still be permanently shelved. more

  • Residential Approvals Bounce Back

    4 February 2016

    Australia's housing construction industry finished 2015 on a very high note, with home building approvals hitting a five-month high. more

  • NZ: Green Star goes industrial

    4 February 2016

    New Zealand now has its third Green Star-rated industrial property, with the awarding of a 5 Star Green Star rating to Ceres Organics’ 5500-square-metre warehouse complex at Mt Wellington in… more

  • WELL building standard set to storm the property world

    4 February 2016

    The WELL Building Standard looks set to shake up the top end of the property industry as much as Green Star did when it burst onto the scene in 2002.… more

  • Non-compliant building materials back in spotlight as occupancy permits refused for Iglu student units

    4 February 2016

    The Queensland state government has refused to issue occupancy permits for Iglu’s new student unit building in Mary Street, Brisbane, after concerns were raised about non-conforming cladding and its similarity… more

  • News from the front desk: Issue No 277 – On why we need WELL

    4 February 2016

    On why we need a WELL rating tool in our workplace When the incredibly laid back-looking and Alejandro Aravena of Chile was awarded the architecture’s prestigious Pritzker Prize a few… 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

  • Fletcher Building to buy Higgins road construction company

    4 February 2016

    Fletcher Building Limited (“Fletcher Building”) announces that it will acquire the New Zealand road construction and maintenance business Hig... more

  • New leaders for transport group

    4 February 2016

    WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has recently welcomed three senior leaders to its transport team.Richard Boggon has re-joined the company as Gener... more

  • Fletcher to Buy Higgins For $315m

    3 February 2016

    Fletcher Building will buy road construction and maintenance business Higgins for $315 million. more

  • Dodgy Tradies Scam Storm Victims

    3 February 2016

    Shonky tree loppers are taking advantage of people affected by the recent NSW storms, offering to help for a fee they say will be repaid by the SES or insurance companies. more

  • Blueprint for Toowoomba’s Railway Parklands transformation approved

    3 February 2016

    The transformation of Toowoomba’s railway precinct into an urban village and parkland is ready to begin with the Toowoomba Regional Council e... more

  • Will India’s experiment with smart cities tackle poverty – or make it worse?

    2 February 2016

    India is rising. In cities across the nation, the pace of construction is reaching frenzied heights. Each city, each district, each regional state is reinventing itself: one smartphone, one flyover,… more

  • Clean Energy Council creates renewable energy scholarship for women

    2 February 2016

    The Clean Energy Council is inviting applications for a new scholarship program for women interested in building a career in the renewable energy industry, as a way of improving the… more

  • Our pick of jobs this week

    2 February 2016

    The Property Council of Australia is recruiting a Policy Manager: Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs. Based in Sydney, the full-time role for a talented public policy professional will involve leading the… more

  • AMP Capital boosts property team with two appointments

    2 February 2016

    AMP Capital has appointed Louise Mason as chief operating officer and Luke Briscoe as managing director, office & industrial. Ms Mason is currently acting chief operating officer for AMP Capital’s… more

  • Could green design principles make us sick (and what can we do about it)?

    2 February 2016

    Concerns have been raised that green building principles such as energy and water minimisation strategies may be increasing the risk of dangerous Legionella pneumophila bacteria proliferating in potable water systems.… more

  • SMEC Secures Design Contract on Pacific Highway Upgrade in Australia

    2 February 2016

    SMEC has been awarded a contract with New South Wales (NSW) Roads and Maritime Services to undertake the detailed design of the 18 km Broadwa... more

  • Capital Metro Bid Costs

    2 February 2016

    Downer EDI Limited (Downer) announced today that the ACTivate consortium had not been successful in its bid to build, operate and maintain Ca... more

  • CIMIC Companies Preferred for Canberra Light Rail Stage One

    2 February 2016

    CIMIC Group’s companies Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors, as part of the Canberra Metro consortium, have been selected by the Austral... more

  • John Holland to deliver Canberra Light Rail project

    2 February 2016

    John Holland, as part of the Canberra Metro consortium, has been chosen to deliver the first stage of the Capital Metro light rail project. T... more

  • Canberra Metro Named as successful Light Rail Consortium

    2 February 2016

    The first stage of Canberra’s light rail network will be delivered by a world-class consortium, Canberra Metro, sooner and with a capital cos... more

  • WorldGBC lays out pathway for greener, more profitable retail

    1 February 2016

    Consumers will vote with their feet for more sustainable retail spaces, according to a major report just released by the World Green Building Council. The Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in… more

  • Timber rising with National Construction Code changes on the way

    28 January 2016

    Changes to the National Construction Code mean it will now be much easier for developers to use timber to construct mid-rise buildings up to eight storeys high, a move industry… more

  • News from the front desk: Issue No 275 – On trying to get a clear picture here 

    28 January 2016

    Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison was busy on Thursday with his yearly staff pow-wow to map out the action plan for the year ahead, but he broke off to… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Increasing productivity and consistency for road & airport markings

    16 December 2015

    Road and runway markings are essential to road and airport safety. A system of clear, effective and consistently applied markings provide proper regulations, warning and guidance for pilots, drivers, pedestrians and other employees and road users. more

  • How to keep your forklift drivers safe

    16 December 2015

    So you want me to drive a high powered vehicle that can turn on a ten cent piece, accelerate at high speed forwards and backwards while carrying tonnes of stock, and then stack said stock on a shelf four stories above the ground? more

  • Ground-breaking health reform underway at Flinders Medical Centre

    14 December 2015

    The State Government’s $170 million transformation of Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is underway, with construction of a new five storey rehabilita... more

  • Record investment in Palmerston roads

    10 December 2015

    The Country Liberals Government is spending a record $57 million on a series of road improvements in the Palmerston region aimed at boosting safet... more

  • Making it happen in Western Sydney: Parramatta light rail network unveiled

    9 December 2015

    Western Sydney’s light rail network will connect Parramatta’s CBD to the key hubs of Sydney Olympic Park, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney Univer... more

  • Beca completes relocation of Lion’s White Rabbit Brewery to Little Creatures site

    8 December 2015

    Beca and Lion are celebrating yet another successful collaboration with the relocation of Lion's White Rabbit Brewery from Healesville to Lion's L... more

  • Stadium structure soars to new heights

    4 December 2015

    The Perth Stadium structure has reached its full height of 42 metres with the first of 50 steel roof trusses installed on the Burswood Peninsula s... more

  • High quality Australian coal to reduce emissions and boost economy

    3 December 2015

    A new Fact Check report conducted by the ABC has confirmed that Australian coal is the cleanest coal in the world. more

  • Anti-dumping decision to benefit Australia's steel industry

    3 December 2015

    Anti-dumping duties will be imposed on steel reinforcing bar (rebar) exported to Australia from Korea, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan following a decision by Assistant Minister for Science, Karen Andrews. more

  • Developers sought to deliver a connected future

    3 December 2015

    Housing Minister Colin Holt today launched Connected Living, a Liberal National Government initiative aimed at creating more than 500 apartments o... more

  • Victorian Building And Construction Leads The Nation

    3 December 2015

    The Victorian building and construction industry is going strong, creating jobs and driving our state’s economy to lead the nation, the Treasurer ... more

  • Four new Directors to continue growth in Structures

    2 December 2015

    WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Anthony McCullough, Adam Read, Luke Taylor and Graeme Deaker as Directors in the Structures team. more

  • Knox Private Hospital expansion project reaches major milestone

    2 December 2015

    Melbourne’s eastern and south eastern corridor will soon have improved access to health services with Watpac Limited (‘Watpac’ or ‘Group) reaching... more

  • Ararat Wind Farm celebrates the commencement of construction

    1 December 2015

    The Ararat Wind Farm today celebrated the commencement of construction with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister fo... more

  • Qld welcomes $1.7 billion LNG investment

    26 November 2015

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently welcomed an announcement by QGC that will support 1600 jobs for Queenslanders. more

  • Innovative entrepreneurs set to drive Australia's economy

    26 November 2015

    A report released on 25 November 2015 by the Australian Government highlights the key role innovative entrepreneurship needs to play in transforming the nation's economy. more

  • What are the manufacturing jobs of the future?

    18 November 2015

    In an earlier article we discussed whether your next manufacturing employee should be a robot. more

  • NT govt announces construction of gas pipeline to east coast

    18 November 2015

    The Northern Territory Government has selected Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd to construct and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Pipeline to connect NT gas to eastern gas markets. more

  • World Energy Outlook reports strong demand for Australia's resources

    12 November 2015

    The World Energy Outlook (WEO) released on 10 November 2015 demonstrates the challenge the world faces to meet the demand for energy across the developing world and the crucial role Australia will play. more

  • Coal will remain key part of global energy mix

    5 November 2015

    Coal will remain a key part of the global energy mix for many years to come. Thermal coal provides 41 per cent of global electricity and 71 per cent of Australia's grid electricity. more

  • Anti-dumping reforms to help Australian industry

    5 November 2015

    Reforms to Australia's anti-dumping system effective from 2 November 2015 will level the playing field for Australian manufacturers and producers. 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

  • Tips for Buying the Protective Clothing Your Workers Need

    8 October 2015

    Protective work wear, otherwise known as personal protective equipment or PPE is anything worn by workers to protect them from work-related hazards. more

  • Why stepping outside your comfort zone is the key to growth

    8 October 2015

    Well, you could start by asking one of the most successful businesspeople in the world today, Richard Branson. He believes that far too many businesses aren't prepared to take calculated risks to progress and grow. And it's true. more

  • Bankstown Fire Inquest Highlights Need For Reform

    23 September 2015

    The findings handed down on Friday by the New South Wales Coroner's Court in response to the inquest into the tragic fatal Bankstown apartment fire, highlight significant failings in current regulation of fire protection equipment and systems, specifically regulation surrounding the accreditation of individuals working in the fire protection industry, as well as the requirements for the adequate installation of fire sprinkler systems. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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