Construction Industry News

  • How to Win a Mediation?

    27 November 2014

    Granted, the title is not “P.C.” as in politically correct. more

  • KPMG acquires SGA

    27 November 2014

    KPMG Australia has acquired chartered building and environmental firm, SGA Property Consultancy to capitalise on “surging” international investor interest in Australian real estate. A media statement today (Thursday) from the… more

  • Faulty building products major focus of govt roundtable

    27 November 2014

    The Federal Government has made moves to focus attention on the problem of poor building product compliance, which is being increasingly experienced by builders and home owners. more

  • Aust Construction Achievement Award 2015 finalists announced

    27 November 2014

    Six project finalists will compete for the 2015 Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) with one overall project winner to be selected next year at a gala dinner on Thursday 14 May, 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. more

  • Australian Construction Drops in September Quarter

    26 November 2014

    Construction has slipped to its worst level since the post Sydney Olympics slump, raising concerns that residential building could struggle to take over from mining to drive the economy. more

  • Don’t Rip Up Huge Road Contract: Industry Leader

    26 November 2014

    Ripping up the multi-billion dollar contract on the East West Link would be a significant mistake that would cause immeasurable damage to Victoria’s reputation as an investment destination, a leader in the building and construction sector says. more

  • Victorian election: built environment takes a back seat

    26 November 2014

    In a state that has seen environmental and energy efficiency measures trashed by the Coalition government and created fury within the property industry and beyond, there has been a confounding… more

  • CBRE and Steenson Varming winners at NSW CitySwitch awards

    26 November 2014

    Property management firm CBRE has won Signatory of the Year at the NSW/ACT CitySwitch awards for office space over 2000 square metres, following an energy efficiency program that cut use… more

  • Lightweight Wall Cladding: More than Just a Pretty Exterior

    25 November 2014

    The benefits conferred by lightweight wall cladding extend well beyond the ability to create a durable and aesthetically pleasing facade for building exteriors. more

  • Victoria Construction Confidence Soars

    25 November 2014

    As the state election approaches on November 29, the construction industry in Victoria is more optimistic about its prospects than at any other time for at least five years. more

  • The Defit Blog – Evolving the role of social enterprise in defits

    25 November 2014

    One of the biggest scandals in the property industry is the rampant waste of defits when tenants move offices. Furniture and fittings are typically sent to landfill, despite often having… more

  • Many Aust buildings 'vulnerable' to earthquakes

    25 November 2014

    A 6.2 magnitude earthquake the size of the destructive 2011 Christchurch earthquake happens in Australia every 10 years, engineers and seismologists at the recent Australian Earthquake Engineering Society conference were told. more

  • Princes Highway Still a "Death Trap" Down South

    24 November 2014

    A new study has called for extensive safety upgrades to the Princes Highway due to high levels of risk borne by lengthy stretches of its southern segment. more

  • Which industries will benefit most from Aust-China FTA?

    24 November 2014

    Australia is a net exporter of both goods and services to China, and the FTA is expected to unlock billions in exports. more

  • Stud removal process improved with Enerpac puller solution

    24 November 2014

    Stubborn studs on a bucket wheel reclaimer are now being removed more than 30 times faster and with enhanced safety during maintenance using customised Enerpac GT4 bolt tensioner technology specified by Meadow Industries. more

  • Grocon Fined $250,000 Over Victoria Wall Collapse

    21 November 2014

    A wall in Melbourne which collapsed killing three people had threatened the lives of everyone who walked past it, a magistrate says. more

  • Competition Regulator Goes After CFMEU

    20 November 2014

    Australia’s biggest building union is set to be dragged before the Federal Court after the nation’s competition watchdog alleged that it conducted an illegal boycott of concrete from building products supplier Boral across dozens of sites in Melbourne. more

  • WA Winds Back Planning Approval Requirements

    19 November 2014

    As it seeks to beef up building activity and address a crippling housing shortage, the Western Australian government has introduced and proposed wide ranging changes designed to wind back compliance requirements relating to obtaining building permits and planning approvals for new construction. more

  • More 'fine detail' needed on FTA

    19 November 2014

    Concerns the signing of Australia's free trade deal with China could be opening us up to our largest trading partner have been dismissed by Trade Minister Andrew Robb. more

  • Keeping Manufacturing Costs Down

    19 November 2014

    Global competition in the manufacturing sector creates pressure to keep production costs low and productivity high. This is a difficult balance, particularly when it comes to payroll expenses. more

  • 5 Hot Spots for Manufacturers in the Aust-China FTA

    17 November 2014

    The Australia-China FTA worth at least $18 billion is expected to be signed on Monday afternoon, however manufacturers still have "mixed feelings" about it, according to Ai Group CE Innes Willox. more

  • How to communicate workplace safety messages

    13 November 2014

    Workplace safety is a top priority for industrial plants and any employer with an active labour force. However, communicating a successful safety plan can be challenging. more

  • Working at heights: managing compliance, safety and liability

    13 November 2014

    Implementing safety protocols for employees working at heights is a core principle for employers. However, the abundance of acts, codes and other standards makes this a difficult task. more

  • China FTA 'could spell disaster' without safeguards, Lib senator warns

    12 November 2014

    Ahead of the imminent signing of a free trade deal with Australia's biggest trading partner, due to take place at this weekend's G20 Summit, senior Liberal senator Bill Heffernan has warned things could turn against us if appropriate safeguards aren't included. more

  • Key Steps to Writing a Workplace Safety Speech

    11 November 2014

    Part of an effective safety protocol is writing a workplace safety speech that will grab workers' attention. An engaging presentation will better hold their interest and increases the odds that employees retain the information. more

  • 3 Reasons Thermal Imaging Cameras are Useful to Builders

    11 November 2014

    As Australia's population continues to rise, both residential and commercial demand will increase. more

  • Construction surge eases in October: Aust PCI

    10 November 2014

    The national construction industry expanded for a fifth consecutive month in October but its rate of growth eased from September's record high. more

  • 5 Key Areas Australia Has a Competitive Edge

    10 November 2014

    According to the Federal Government's 'Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda', Australia has a competitive advantage in 5 key industries, including food, pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing. more

  • Tips for your sales team in a modern world

    5 November 2014

    The fundamentals of sales haven't changed: know your product, build rapport and keep filling your pipeline. However we live in a modern world with a whole bunch of new ways to improve the odds on sales success. more

  • Manufacturing 'broadly stable' in October: Aust PMI

    4 November 2014

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) increased by 2.9 points to 49.4 in October. more

  • Adopting new technology 'critical' for competitiveness: design firms

    4 November 2014

    The adoption of new technology is of critical importance to remaining competitive in a design-based marketplace, according to a survey of over 290 business professionals. more

  • Infrastructure boost needed for construction sector

    3 November 2014

    Total non-residential building work and employment in the construction sector during 2014/15 and 2015/16 have been forecast to fall as resource-related project activity winds down from its recent historically high levels. more

  • 10 Things Every Facility Manager Needs to Know About Roof Safety

    3 November 2014

    Australian OHS legislation and state regulations and codes create a confusing landscape when it comes to height-related protocols. While it is important to be in compliance, ensuring the safety of employees and tenants should be the top priority. more

  • Property industry confidence spells good news for broader economy

    16 October 2014

    Australia’s property industry plans to hire more staff and increase construction activity, despite some mixed levels of confidence across the country. The ANZ/Property Council Survey shows overall confidence rose four points to 135 this quarter – with increases in NSW, Queensland and Victoria offsetting falls in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison, said the results boded well for the broader economy. more

  • Master Builders Welcomes Extension Of Trade Union Royal Commission

    8 October 2014

    “Master Builders Australia welcomes the Government’s granting of an extension to the Royal Commission into Trade union Governance and Corruption,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “The Royal Commission has so far revealed evidence of widespread instances of physical and verbal violence, secondary boycotts of contractors and suppliers and cartel behaviour in the construction industry,” he said. more

  • Ramping up the Rhetoric

    7 October 2014

    The corporate world will pack Newcastle City Hall later this week for October Hunter Lunch to test which by-election candidate has the best policy platform for revitalisation of the city centre. The Property Council’s NSW Regional Director, Andrew Fletcher, said today "The certainty provided by the new planning controls is fuelling a $1 billion pipeline of investment which includes modern green buildings and stunning heritage restorations" more

  • Strong housing activity and strong financial system not mutually exclusive

    30 September 2014

    The RBA needs to exercise caution before introducing macro-prudential reforms which may give rise to unintended outcomes according to the Property Council of Australia. Prudent management of Australia’s financial system need not dampen strong levels of activity in the residential market if the right policy levers are chosen. more

  • Australian economy battels on

    5 September 2014

    ABS figures for economic growth released today show that the economy continues to defy more pessimistic forecasts, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. During the June 2014 quarter, the economy grew by 0.5 per cent and was 3.1 per cent higher than the same quarter of 2013. The largest single contribution to growth came from the volatile inventories component, with stock accumulation by firms adding significantly to the growth figure. In contrast to recent quarters, international trade sliced a considerable chunk off the economic growth rate. “The fact that today’s… more

  • Foreshore crucial to Sydney: PCA

    31 August 2014

    The prospect of more integrated planning around Sydney Harbour’s foreshore will benefit the entire city, according to the Property Council of Australia. The Property Council’s members the vast bulk of commercial office, retail and hotel assets in the CBD and fringing the waterfront. "Sydney’s capacity to effectively manage sensible development and public domain outcomes is crucial to the city’s success," NSW Executive Director Glenn Byres said today. more

  • New sustainability giant for Australia

    31 August 2014

    The largest sustainability service provider in Australia is set to be created with a move by Ernst & Young Australia (EY) to acquire sustainability consulting firm Net Balance. Net Balance will be added to the Climate Changes and Sustainability Services wing of EY’s Assurance practice. Net Balance founder and director, environmental engineer Terence Jeyaretnam said the combined EY and Net Balance team would be the largest sustainability service provider in Australia. “We see the combined team as being a leader in the sector, both in Australia and as we expand into the Asia Pacific region,” Jeyaretnam said. more

  • Senate Must Seize Chance To Back Sensible IR Reform

    31 August 2014

    The passing of the Government’s Fair Work Amendment Bill through the House of Representatives gives the Senate the opportunity to demonstrate that it is in support of sensible and balanced industrial relations reforms that will help boost economic and jobs growth. “Master Builders urges the cross bench Senators to seize this chance to back the Bill’s balanced productivity reforms which for the building and construction industry means it can increase its productivity and create jobs,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Sydney and Melbourne bypass the post-mining malaise

    7 August 2014

    The Sydney and Melbourne office markets continue to perform strongly despite national office market vacancy rates rising over the past six months, according to the Property Council of Australia’s latest Office Market Report. The report shows the Australian CBD vacancy rate increased from 10.4 per cent in January 2014 to 10.7 per cent in July 2014, but vacancies in Sydney and Melbourne fell off the back of good demand for more office space. more

  • Property industry confident for the future

    11 July 2014

    Property industry confidence remains high despite falling expectations for Australia’s national economic growth. The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Index to September 2014 shows property industry confidence remained steady at 131 points compared to 132 last quarter. Property Council of Australia Acting Chief Executive, Glenn Byres, said the September quarter expectations reveal an industry confident about its future, despite low expectations for national economic growth. more

  • Housing Recovery Stays On Track

    11 July 2014

    “The nearly 10 per cent, seasonally adjusted, rise in the latest Building Approvals shows that the building and construction industry is well placed to be the major engine of growth and jobs as the economy adjusts to the decline in engineering construction in the mining sector”, Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Master Builders Calls For Urgent Reform Of Right of Entry

    29 June 2014

    Master Builders Australia has called for urgent reform of the right of entry workplace laws to redress the current imbalance which favours unions. Master Builders Australia made the call in an address by National Director of Industrial Relations, Richard Calver to the Industrial Relations Conference 2014. more

  • Property Council of Australia: NSW Geared up for growth

    24 June 2014

    The NSW Budget positions the state for sustained economic growth based on a robust infrastructure spend and thriving property market, according to the Property Council of Australia. The Property Council’s members finance, own, manage and develop major office, retail, industrial, hotel, residential and retirement living assets across NSW. more

  • Peter Verwer: Fare thee well

    24 June 2014

    For more than two decades, this magazine’s editorial Zeitgeist was tuned to the virtues of our industry’s animal spirits. A prosperous society is built by risk-taking entrepreneurs and, let’s not be shy, buccaneering grit. We’ve criticised governments when they determine to assemble rickety policy scaffolds rather than trust citizens to build opportunity. We’ve also criticised them for stunting individual and mercantile liberty. Nevertheless, we’ve always recognised that free markets don’t mean a free-for-all. more

  • This week's top stories from Building On Air

    15 May 2014

    This week's Building on Air top stories: Removing Silos Boosts Construction Productivity Recycled Cathode Ray Tubes Transformed into Tiles Sydney Shopping Centre First in Country to Sign Up for Green Star Performance Rating more


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