Construction Industry News

  • Civil Construction to Decline Further

    28 May 2015

    Over the next two years, the civil construction sector in Australia is expected to decline even further than it already has, a new survey suggests. more

  • Property sector pushes for gender diversity

    27 May 2015

    There’s a big push on for gender diversity right now. Where did it start and who’s got the bug? Andi Yu investigates and talks to several industry leaders including Ming… more

  • New building technology for humans and buildings

    27 May 2015

    Honeywell has launched a new building technology platform that aims to improve operational efficiency across both the human resources and building systems aspects through integrating data and enabling precise management… more

  • Why passionate leaders get better results

    27 May 2015

    "Passion is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. more

  • Best Practice in Construction Contracting

    26 May 2015

    In a modern building project, few documents are as important as the construction contract. more

  • Union Official Arrested on Assault Charges

    26 May 2015

    A police task force attached to the trade unions royal commission has made its first arrest. more

  • Our pick of jobs this week

    26 May 2015

    The NSW Government Office of Finance and Services is undertaking a major reform of NSW government property and is seeking an energy and sustainability manager to develop, implement and manage… more

  • Unique structure-testing facility 'can deliver significant benefits'

    26 May 2015

    Swinburne University of Technology has developed one of the world's most advanced hybrid simulation systems for large scale testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace and mining engineering components and systems. more

  • Falling Confidence in Victoria Residential Construction

    25 May 2015

    Privatisation of building surveyors and building warranty insurance has not all been rosy. In fact, it may have quite a bearing on the current loss of public confidence in builders and the building process. more

  • Tasmania Gov to Extend First Home Builder Boost

    25 May 2015

    A $20,000 grant for Tasmanian first home builders will be extended for another six months more

  • Victoria’s Building Regulation Mess

    25 May 2015

    Over recent years, few building industry regimes around Australia have been subject to as much criticism as that in Victoria. more

  • Let’s get our cities moving: industry responds to Infrastructure Audit

    25 May 2015

    The property sector and industry associations have welcomed the initial findings of the Australian Infrastructure Audit, particularly recommendations for a more integrated approach to planning and greater investment in rail… more

  • Audit a 'wake up call' for smarter city building

    25 May 2015

    The release of the Australian Infrastructure Audit should serve as a wake up call for how we plan our cities and manage growth in coming decades, according to the Property Council of Australia. more

  • Docklands Fire Shines Light on Compliance and Regulation

    22 May 2015

    When the Docklands Lacrosse Apartment Building Fire erupted in November 2014 the photos of the firestorm suggested there was something very strange and wrong. more

  • James Hardie's Profit Soars

    22 May 2015

    James Hardie Industries has almost tripled its annual profit to $US291 million ($A369.57 million) due to improvements in its US and European operations. more

  • Sign Contractor Fined for Wall Collapse

    22 May 2015

    A subcontractor hired to attach cladding to a Melbourne brick wall that collapsed and killed three people has been fined $7,500 but will pay $33,500 in legal costs. more

  • Claims of a Housing Oversupply are Bogus

    21 May 2015

    Australia is enjoying a home building boom and new dwelling commencements will surpass the 200,000 mark this year for the first time in history. more

  • NMW 2015: Countdown Commences

    19 May 2015

    In barely a week's time, the doors will open on an expanded National Manufacturing Week (May 26 - 29, Melbourne). 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

  • 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

  • Dip In Housing Finance Highlights The Need For The Budget To Reboot Confidence

    15 May 2015

    “The dip in finance commitments for the construction and purchase of new dwellings highlights the need for the Budget to reboot confidence,” Peter Jones, Chief Economist of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Property industry key to realising growth forecasts

    15 May 2015

    The 2015-16 Federal Budget confirms that unlocking further growth in the property and construction industries is the only way the Government can hit its economic growth targets and fill the hole left by mining. The Property Council has warned this will only happen if the Government sees through its tax, infrastructure and federation reform agenda. Treasury forecasts that over the next three years mining will drop dramatically from providing just under half of Australia’s economic growth to only sixteen per cent. more

  • Clarity on apartment sizes a plus for affordability

    15 May 2015

    Homebuyers will be the winners from the State Government's decision to provide clarity around minimum apartment sizes, according to the Property Council of Australia. A recent court decision had effectively opened the door to increased minimum apartment sizes - and additional costs for homebuyers. more

  • 5 Tips for Hiring the Right Apprentice Builder

    15 May 2015

    Do you tend to hire only qualified tradespeople for your construction site? Do you think the only people who can add value are those with proven track records? more

  • A weapon of mass creation to improve office building comfort

    12 May 2015

    A group of researchers from the University of Sydney's Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Lab has developed world-leading technology to measure and improve the indoor human comfort factor of office buildings. more

  • Eco-friendly nitrile glove accelerates biodegradation

    7 May 2015

    With new innovations in the PPE industry, long gone are the days where the only choice of protective glove was cotton, leather, or, simply working without any gloves. more

  • Builders fear new union powers to enter sites

    30 April 2015

    Master Builders fears the industry will face future turmoil should the government appeal the 24-hour notice period for union official entry to building and construction sites. more

  • 'Urgent' inquiry needed into building product compliance & fire safety

    29 April 2015

    Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia), the peak body for the fire protection industry, is calling for an urgent review of the surveillance and auditing of building approvals, processes and all requirements for occupancy. more

  • Scrapping super safety net 'would snare employers' in $1.8bn red tape

    27 April 2015

    A majority of employers are concerned at the red tape cost of being forced to select a workplace super fund for employees from an unranked list of 120 MySuper funds. more

  • Steinert appointed President of the Property Council

    24 April 2015

    Stockland managing director and CEO Mark Steinert has been appointed National President of the Property Council of Australia, the peak body for Australia’s $680 billion property industry. Mr Steinert takes over from outgoing President Darren Steinberg, CEO of Dexus Property Group after his four years in the role. more

  • New data underlines importance of foreign investment

    24 April 2015

    Foreign investment is an essential ingredient in Australia’s property industry that helps drive new residential supply and ease pressure on housing affordability, according to new data released today. The ANZ/Property Council Survey June quarter 2015 results show relatively stable but significant levels of foreign investment is helping bring new housing supply to market. more

  • Master Builders Backs VET Reforms

    24 April 2015

    Master Builders supports changes announced by Assistant Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham to the Vocational Education and Training System (VET) that will put industry front and centre of training product development. “Master Builders welcomes Minister Birmingham’s recognition of the need for the VET system to be more responsive to the skills needs of industry and those that work in it,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • 4 Ways Quality Construction Equipment Equals Improved Efficiency

    24 April 2015

    How can we do things faster and more efficiently? That's the million dollar question facing construction bosses. Or in plenty of cases, the multimillion dollar question. more

  • Construction heavyweights join forces to lead Vic infrastructure forum

    22 April 2015

    Engineers Australia and the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) have joined forces to conduct a major construction Industry Leaders' Forum in Melbourne on 14 May 2015, which will feature Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas, as a keynote speaker. more

  • Industry at centre of new training development arrangements

    22 April 2015

    The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, has announced new arrangements for training product development at the Australian Industry Group in Melbourne. more

  • Construction edges ahead in March: Australian PCI

    14 April 2015

    The national construction industry moved slightly into growth territory in March, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) increasing by 6.2 points to 50.1. more

  • Hire or buy? Solving the commercial equipment dilemma

    14 April 2015

    Whether you run a long established company or you're building a new one from the ground up, there's the same recurring question: 'Should I buy it or hire it?' more

  • 6 Benefits of Regular One-to-One Staff Meetings

    13 April 2015

    Right now you're probably spinning in your swivel chair at the mere thought of that headline. What? One-on-one meetings with all my staff? Correct. more

  • Manufacturing process expert joins NMW's distinguished speakers

    8 April 2015

    Bob Sproull is set to present on practices that erode manufacturer profit and the best ways to improve them. more

  • Manufacturing falters despite lift in exports: Australian PMI

    3 April 2015

    The performance of the Australian manufacturing sector continued to falter in March, with the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) recording its fourth straight month of contraction. more

  • How to hone your eye for talent in the interview process

    30 March 2015

    Job interviews, they make or break careers; they can be the beginning of dreams and the stuff of nightmares. Yet they are an essential cog in the business machine, generating the next big break for some and the next rising star for others. more

  • Drug testing 'important' for construction safety

    27 March 2015

    The CFMEU's belated commitment to consistent calls for the acceptance of mandatory drug and alcohol tests on building sites is welcome but raises questions about the sincerity of the CFMEU in its call for mandatory testing, according to Master Builders Australia. more

  • IGR4, Australia's ageing population and equity

    10 March 2015

    While the federal government last week released the fourth intergenerational report, its forecast of what Australia will be like four decades from now, new figures show retirement villages already save the budget over $2 billion in health costs. more

  • More for Less The economic benefits of better procurement

    10 March 2015

    Consult Australia engaged Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a study into the economic value of better procurement practices by public sector agencies undertaking infrastructure procurement. This document is a summary of the study’s key findings. more

  • New Trilateral Agreement between Australia, Canada and New Zealand

    10 March 2015

    The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) has announced a new Trilateral Agreement that enables the mutual recognition of experienced registered architects in all three countries. more

  • Urban Infrastructure Investment To Lift Future Productivity

    10 March 2015

    Increased investment in infrastructure has been emphasised as an essential underpinning of future productivity and living standards according the Intergenerational Report released today,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Intergenerational Report Highlights Importance Of Skilling And Upskilling For An Aging Workforce

    10 March 2015

    The Intergenerational Report outlines the challenge of encouraging greater participation in the workforce as Australians live longer and healthier. “Innovative approaches will be needed to both skilling and up skilling to ensure the building and construction industry can attract more young people to careers in our industry while dealing with the challenge of an increasing number of aging workers,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Building approvals set new record

    10 March 2015

    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows building approvals in January continued to rise for the eighth consecutive month, increasing 1.3 per cent. In seasonally adjusted terms, the estimate rose 7.9 per cent to 19,282 dwellings, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said. more

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