Construction Industry News

  • BlueScope to Cut 500 NSW Jobs

    9 October 2015

    Bluescope Steel will shed around 500 jobs at its Port Kembla steelworks operations in NSW as it cuts costs to keep its Australian operations viable. more

  • Demand for Construction Equipment to Rise 3.9% Annually Through 2019

    9 October 2015

    Global demand for construction equipment is forecast to advance 3.9 percent per year through 2019 to $218 billion, decelerating from the 2009-2014 period. more

  • Lending Conditions to Impact Housing Sector in 2016

    9 October 2015

    Australia's housing boom is tipped to fade in the coming year on the back of tighter lending standards. more

  • New Zealand Roofer Warned over Cartel Behaviour

    8 October 2015

    The Commerce Commission has formally warned Consolidated Alloys NZ for cartel-like behaviour after the Australian-owned manufacturer used a settlement over a patent dispute to try and restrict roofing products available in New Zealand. more

  • Responding to Building Orders under the Building Act 1993

    8 October 2015

    The Building Act 1993 gives building surveyors the ability to issue building notices and building orders to enforce breaches of the Building Act. more

  • Delays Raise Questions over Troubled Hospital Project

    8 October 2015

    The announcement of several months of delays has raised further questions over a troubled project to build a major children’s hospital in Perth which has been dogged by disputes with subcontractors. more

  • Experts Question Claims of Global Glass Shortage

    8 October 2015

    Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported a commercial glass shortage, specifically for curtain wall, the non-structural, metal-framed glass that covers the exterior of many high-rises and other commercial buildings. 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

  • 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

  • SLR Announces New Acoustics Leader in Hunter Region

    8 October 2015

    SLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Kozakiewicz as the new Acoustics Leader of the Newcastle Acoustics and Vibration group. more

  • Longer road trains approved for the Pilbara

    8 October 2015

    The longest road trains in Australia have been granted State Government approval to start operating in Western Australia's Pilbara. Transport... more

  • First of 40 new bridges on Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

    8 October 2015

    Progress towards a more efficient national road network is continuing with the start of major bridge works at Halfway Creek, part of the 155 ... more

  • Minister Launches Design For Everyone Guide

    8 October 2015

    A simple-to-use web portal unveiled today by Minister for Sport John Eren will mean architects, designers and project managers are just a click aw... more

  • ATO Targets Phoenix Construction Companies on Gold Coast Games Sites

    7 October 2015

    Directors of companies engaged in work on building sites associated with Commonwealth Games facilities who transfer assets between companies in order to avoid debts have been put on notice as the tax office seeks to stamp out the ugly practice of phoenix activity. more

  • Australian Construction Grows Again

    7 October 2015

    Construction activity has expanded for a second consecutive month, with residential building offsetting the struggling commercial and engineering sub-sectors. more

  • What Is the Cost of Contract Disputes?

    7 October 2015

    Unfortunately, disputes are common within the building and construction industry and can often be difficult to avoid. more

  • Best practices for maintenance supervisors

    7 October 2015

    Question: who has the biggest impact on the reliability of your manufacturing production? Is it the machine operators? Is it the workers feeding the line? Or is it the people upstairs running the computers? Actually, it's none of these. more

  • Unions kick-off China FTA community hall debates

    7 October 2015

    Unions have challenged local Coalition MPs to debate the merits of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement in community halls around the country. more

  • Getting ready for an automated future on our roads

    7 October 2015

    WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a pivotal consulting study for Austroads to identify and assess key issues road operators will fa... more

  • Infrastructure Fund will reap big rewards for Territorians

    7 October 2015

    The creation of an NT Infrastructure Development Fund could be the catalyst for major economic investment in the Territory and the creation o... more

  • $520 million development at Central Park receives the green light

    7 October 2015

    Joint venture partners, Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia, have been given the green light on the next significant stage of d... more

  • Simonds Stadium Upgrade Now Underway

    7 October 2015

    The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with turning Simonds Stadium into Australia’s top regional venue for the biggest and best events. more

  • Infrastructure Fund will reap big rewards for Territorians

    7 October 2015

    The creation of an NT Infrastructure Development Fund could be the catalyst for major economic investment in the Territory and the creation of tho... more

  • GE’s new Springfield HQ keeps ESD core

    6 October 2015

    Springfield, Queensland is using high building sustainability standards to attract major corporations to the masterplanned city’s commercial office precinct, according to Congrad Gargett project architect Annissa Farrell, and GE’s $72… more

  • Is the Gold Coast Light Rail announcement a new dawn for infrastructure in Australia?

    6 October 2015

    The Federal Government’s in-principle support enables the Gold Coast Light Rail project to progress as part of the 2018 Commonwealth games, s... more

  • GHD appoints transportation leader in North Queensland

    6 October 2015

    One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, this week welcomed Mark Pettigr... more

  • Tullamarine Project To Cut Congestion And Create Jobs

    6 October 2015

    CONSTRUCTION will start this week on $1.3 billion CityLink Tullamarine Widening project between Bulla Road and Bell Street. Premier of Victor... more

  • State Government seeks detailed Herston Quarter proposals

    6 October 2015

    The Palaszczuk Government has launched the final stage of a competitive bid process to deliver a world-class health and commercial precinct adjoin... more

  • Bentley announces project finalists in 2015 Be Inspired Awards Program

    5 October 2015

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced t... more

  • Bentley announces project finalists in 2015 Be Inspired Awards Program

    5 October 2015

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the pr... more

  • Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 moves forward to next stage

    2 October 2015

    Tenders will open for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 following positive discussions about potential funding between Deputy Premier Jackie Trad... more

  • Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 moves forward to next stage

    2 October 2015

    Tenders will open for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 following positive discussions about potential funding between Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and ... more

  • How the property sector can make Australia a green bond leader

    1 October 2015

    The International Energy Agency estimates that US$53 trillion needs to be invested in energy supply and efficiency to ensure the world maintains global warming at two degrees. Add in the… more

  • Building Approvals Moderating: Future pipeline safe for now

    1 October 2015

    Building approvals are coming off record highs but remain strong enough to meet demand, provided there are no drastic falls. Property Council Exec... more

  • Tips for selecting a cable puller

    29 September 2015

    When selecting a cable puller there are several things to consider to make the pull faster, safer and easier. more

  • How to protect your exports from water damage

    29 September 2015

    "My container arrived and cargo is damp. There are no obvious holes or cracks in the container but there is a clear smell of mould and mildew. It looks as if it has been raining inside my container... How did this happen?" If this has ever happened to you, read on. more

  • Why you should use dunnage bags for container bracing

    29 September 2015

    "My container arrived and the cargo is damaged and unstable. Product is scattered across the container floor and pallets are no longer unitised… How do I avoid this happening again?" more

  • Why hiring the best person beats hiring the best resume

    28 September 2015

    "Well, they looked good on paper." If you've ever said that about a recruitment misjudgement you're far from alone. Resumes are designed to make candidates look good; they're manipulated, remastered and reinvented to do just that. more

  • Probuild awarded 88 Alfred Street contract

    28 September 2015

    Probuild has been awarded the contract for the redevelopment of 88 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, located on the prestigious lower north shore, the... more

  • More Growth And Jobs For Melbourne Through Docklands Development

    25 September 2015

    Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved another striking apartment tower for Melbourne’s Docklands, which will deliver 383 apartments to ... more

  • 5 Critical Factors for Hygiene in Dairy Facilities

    24 September 2015

    The Dairy industry is a highly competitive sector and under constant, and increasing, pressure to deliver new, innovative and value added products to a smart, active market that knows what it wants and isn't afraid to ask for it. 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

  • China FTA: not the 'be all and end all' for WA trade

    23 September 2015

    A report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has emphasised the need to diversify Western Australia's exports and widen our trading partnerships beyond China to maximise growth opportunities and strengthen WA's economy. more

  • How to buy a cost effective and efficient CNC milling device

    21 September 2015

    Milling is one of the most common processes used by industry and machine shops to cut and drill parts into precise, often intricate shapes and configurations. CNC, or computer numerical controlled, milling brings a whole new dimension to that process. Well, quite a few dimensions in fact. more

  • 5 Tips for Creating an Enviable Workplace Safety Record

    16 September 2015

    Whether you run an office, warehouse, construction site or factory, your mantra needs to be the same: safety comes first. Workplace health and safety isn't just a nice idea, it's a necessity, both for your staff and for you as an employer. more

  • Federal court fines CFMEU $225000 for 'abusive and misleading' conduct

    14 September 2015

    The Federal Court has handed down a $272,500 fine to the CFMEU and two of its officials, one of whom told a project manager he was crocodile hunter Steve Irwin when asked to provide his details. more

  • Building approvals slow in regional Queensland

    9 September 2015

    Regional building approvals released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have revealed a slowdown in approvals across many regions of Queensland during July. more

  • Is Australia entering a construction trade shortage?

    6 September 2015

    There has been discussion about whether there are enough available apprentices that have undergone training to replace construction workers entering retirement, and to meet growing demands for labour. This begs the question: is a construction trade shortage in Australia's future? more

  • Stop the drop: how to avoid worksite drops & falls injuries

    4 September 2015

    Working at heights continues to represent major safety management challenges for most Work Health and Safety professionals, and it’s not just 'people falls' that are an issue. more

  • 4 Creative Job Perks That Cost You Little and Gain a Lot

    2 September 2015

    The connotations of the word 'perk' seem to be as negative as they are positive these days. Yet there are genuine company perks that can make a big difference to staff morale, motivation and longevity. more

  • Industry groups say China-Australia FTA 'great' for Australian jobs

    31 August 2015

    Australia may miss out on a surge in jobs and export opportunities if the Parliament delays approving the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), prompting three major industry groups to launch a national campaign to inform the public on the benefits of the landmark deal. more

  • Ai Group: VIC long service scheme may cost employers $4m per year

    27 August 2015

    In a major submission to the Inquiry into Portability of Long Service Leave Entitlements for Victorian Workers, the Australian Industry Group has demonstrated that a portable long service leave scheme across the Victorian workforce would cost employers over $4 billion per annum. more

  • 6 Tips for Employing a Customer Loyalty Program That Works

    24 August 2015

    If all our customers had the sort of loyalty a dog has for his master we'd have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately customer loyalty is as fickle as fashion and as reliable as the weather. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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