Construction Industry News

  • Walker Corp, Pembroke and Charter Hall part of Westpac’s new $500 million climate bond

    25 May 2016

    Three of  Australia’s leading property owners now have buildings in the climate bond family thanks to Westpac’s first directly issued climate bond for A$500 million. In late breaking news on… more

  • Seymour Whyte secures $31m contract for Nepean River Green Bridge

    25 May 2016

    Seymour Whyte has been awarded a contract with revenue of approximately $31 million to construct Australia’s longest uninterrupted single spa... more

  • Infrastructure big on building

    25 May 2016

    As part of the 2016 Budget, the Northern Territory Government will provide total infrastructure payments of $1.68 billion, delivering and inv... more

  • First stage of Ipswich Motorway one step closer to construction

    25 May 2016

    Jobs and solutions to traffic congestion on the Ipswich Motorway are one step closer following the release of invitations to industry to bid ... more

  • AdeLINK detailed business case underway

    25 May 2016

    Local South Australian businesses will be asked to tender to design the routes of the State Government’s proposed AdeLINK tram network. The S... more

  • 26 extra hotels needed

    25 May 2016

    It is estimated a total of 26 additional hotels, above and beyond what is currently planned, will be needed over the next ten years to meet e... more

  • Infrastructure big on building

    25 May 2016

    As part of the 2016 Budget, the Northern Territory Government will provide total infrastructure payments of $1.68 billion, delivering and inv... more

  • Bluescope Shares Lift on Earnings Target

    25 May 2016

    Bluescope Steel shares have lifted seven per cent after the steelmaker lifted its earnings forecasts thanks to cost cutting and an increase in steel and iron ore prices. more

  • Changes to Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability Ratings

    25 May 2016

    The number of credits has been scaled back, weightings have been made more adjustable and modifications have been made to make the system more accessible to smaller projects under a changed and updated infrastructure sustainability weightings scheme in Australia. more

  • Mobility: The Right Tool for the Job

    25 May 2016

    The word “mobile” means many things to many people. The same is true when discussing the topic in construction and chatter grows about mobile technology, mobile devices, and mobile apps. more

  • Infrastructure Australia Wants Nationwide Development Strategy

    25 May 2016

    Infrastructure Australia has lent its voice to growing calls for concerted improvements to the country's infrastructure planning and development practices. more

  • Forestry Strategy Needed to Meet Global Demand

    25 May 2016

    ustralia's forestry and wood products sector requires more investment and planning if it is to take advantage of growing global demand for fibre, paper and packaging, construction materials and bio-fuels. more

  • Australian Construction 'to Fold' Without Steel

    25 May 2016

    The closure of steelmaker Arrium would cause Australia's construction industry to collapse within six weeks, its administrator says. more

  • Ania Hampton appointed AIRAH president

    24 May 2016

    Ania Hampton has been elected president of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating. Ms Hampton is director of sustainable building engineering services firm Edefice and was formerly… more

  • Aurecon to help design one of Australia’s biggest transport projects

    24 May 2016

    Aurecon is set to contribute to one of Australia’s biggest transport projects, following the announcement of the CPB Contractors Dragados Sam... more

  • John Holland to deliver Canberra Light Rail project

    24 May 2016

    John Holland, as part of the Canberra Metro consortium, has been awarded the contract to deliver the first stage of Canberra’s light rail pro... more

  • Newcastle By-pass Design

    24 May 2016

    The community is invited to have a say on the refined strategic design for the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Byp... more

  • Newcastle By-pass Design

    24 May 2016

    The community is invited to have a say on the refined strategic design for the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Byp... more

  • Aurecon to help design one of Australia’s biggest transport projects

    24 May 2016

    Aurecon is set to contribute to one of Australia’s biggest transport projects, following the announcement of the CPB Contractors Dragados Sam... more

  • Alternative approaches to insulation and fire protection

    23 May 2016

    Fire rating of building products including insulation has been making headlines lately but, according to experts, simply focusing on picking non-combustible products is not the only – or even perhaps… more

  • Consultation Report for M12 Motorway route options and The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 4

    23 May 2016

    A report has been released detailing stakeholder and community feedback for the proposed M12 Motorway and The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 4 w... more

  • Darwin Mid Suburbs Area Plan provides strategic framework for future growth

    23 May 2016

    The NT Government is seeking more public comment in regards to the Darwin Mid Suburbs Area Plan. Lands and Planning Minister David Tollner sa... more

  • Port regeneration continues with new office building for Government staff

    23 May 2016

    A State Government office development to grow the Port Adelaide precinct is another step closer with the tender to design and construct the b... more

  • Sunshine Coast airport project readies for take-off

    23 May 2016

    The $347 million Sunshine Coast Airport runway expansion is poised for take-off, with the official environmental thumbs-up today. Premier Ann... more

  • Consultation Report for M12 Motorway route options and The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 4

    23 May 2016

    A report has been released detailing stakeholder and community feedback for the proposed M12 Motorway and The Northern Road Upgrade Stage 4 w... more

  • Suspicious Fires Causing Havoc at B.C. Construction Sites

    23 May 2016

    There have been 462 fires at construction sites over the past decade across B.C.; blazes that killed two people, injured 16 and caused over $100 million in damages and losses. more

  • Canadian Residential Construction to Stay Strong

    23 May 2016

    Residential construction this year and next in the capital region is expected to beat a 10-year average as the housing market stays strong. more

  • Montreal’s Raw Sewage Plan Evaluated by Environment Canada

    23 May 2016

    A review by Environment Canada, is the latest development in the controversy surrounding the City of Montreal’s plan to dump eight billion litres of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River. more

  • Foreign Investment Dollars Headed for Vancouver

    23 May 2016

    Global uncertainty, the low loonie and Canada’s tempting lifestyle, economy and commerce has made Vancouver and Toronto increasingly attractive to foreign commercial real estate investors — particularly those from China and the U.S., according to new research by Colliers International. more

  • Shortlisted Bidders And Design Of Mernda Rail Revealed

    20 May 2016

    The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled the full reference design for the new rail line to Mernda, which will deliver train services to the... more

  • Join us at the Bentley CONNECTION Event in Melbourne on June 9

    20 May 2016

    Join us at the Bentley CONNECTION Event in Melbourne on June 9, to hear from Bentley executives about the latest innovations and technology h... more

  • Peak bodies speak on long-term infrastructure funding

    20 May 2016

    Eight concerned peak bodies, including UDIA National, have rallied together to call on all political parties to make a commitment to maintain... more

  • Shortlisted Bidders And Design Of Mernda Rail Revealed

    20 May 2016

    The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled the full reference design for the new rail line to Mernda, which will deliver train services to the... more

  • Localift poised to pick up where Uber drops off

    19 May 2016

    Margaret Khursigara, former executive director commercial business with the Green Building Council of Australia, has been appointed country head of Localift, the latest entrant to the “sharing economy” that aims… 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

  • Australia on the cusp of a WELL retrofit revolution

    18 May 2016

    Australia is on the cusp of a retrofit revolution and achieving WELL Building Standard accreditation in less buoyant tenancy markets such as Brisbane and Perth would give property owners the… more

  • Darling Harbour gets highest Green Star Communities honour

    17 May 2016

    The $3.4 billion, 20-hectare redevelopment of Darling Harbour has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. The redevelopment includes Darling Square,… more

  • Business calls for parties to improve Australia’s competitiveness

    12 May 2016

    The priority for parties in this federal election must be to get Australia back into the top ten most globally competitive countries over the next ten years, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on 9 May 2016. more

  • Construction company receives 2nd largest safety fine in NSW history

    12 May 2016

    A Sydney construction company and its director have received the second largest work health and safety fine in NSW history following the death of a bricklayer on a Hurstville construction site in 2014. more

  • Can Australian manufacturing compete globally?

    12 May 2016

    According to those in the know the answer is yes. more

  • Choosing the right security door for your facility

    11 May 2016

    Using security doors for carpark stations and other facilities reduces theft, vandalism and keeps unwanted visitors out. more

  • Manufacturing's revealed tomorrow: NMW 2016

    10 May 2016

    Just hours remain until the doors open on National Manufacturing Week 2016. more

  • Confined space - a death trap in waiting

    6 May 2016

    Not all employers and operators understand what constitutes a "confined space", nor the dangers associated with working in such environments. 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

  • 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

  • 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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