Construction Industry News

  • Mirvac Expects Sustaining Growth from Housing Boom

    13 February 2015

    A run of record low interest rates means the housing market is in for a dream run for some time, property group Mirvac says. more

  • CFMEU Official Allegedly Locks Non-union Workers Out

    13 February 2015

    CFMEU official Scott Vink padlocked an onsite lunch shed, declaring that “sheds were won by unionists for unionists” and threw non-union workers’ food on the ground, FWBC is alleging in the Federal Circuit Court. more

  • NZ Affordable Home Builder Goes Bust

    13 February 2015

    McDonald Vague receivers Tony Maginness and Peri Finnigan have been appointed to eHome NZ Ltd. The company has four projects under way spread over 20 to 30 sites and 15 houses in progress, Ms Finnigan told NZ Newswire. "We're trying to find an interested party who will carry on those projects," she said. About 44 […] more

  • Productivity lift needed to 'protect living standards'

    13 February 2015

    Lifting productivity must become a priority in 2015 or gains in our standard of living could be significantly eroded as the terms of trade continue to decline and our population ages, according to CEDA's 2015 Economic and Political Overview. more

  • 3 Ways to Prevent Typical Industrial Accidents

    13 February 2015

    Accidents by definition are unexpected. Yet it's possible to minimise the unexpected and make the day-to-day running of your plant more predictable and accident-free by adopting three key strategies. more

  • Baird Pledges $1bn Schools Upgrade

    12 February 2015

    Premier Mike Baird is promising to spend a billion dollars on giving NSW schools a facelift if voters support his controversial plan to partially privatise the state's electricity assets. more

  • Australian Housing Boom Could Last for Two More Years

    12 February 2015

    Property developer Stockland is confident the housing boom will continue for at least another two years. more

  • Fall Prevention Techniques: What You Need to Know

    12 February 2015

    No employer or manager wants to have the death of one of their workers on their conscience. more

  • Transurban to Pay Higher Distribution

    12 February 2015

    Tollway operator Transurban has upgraded the amount it expects to pay investors for the full year after a strong performance from its portfolio of roads. more

  • Western Australia’s greenest public building opens

    12 February 2015

    The greenest public building in Western Australia, the Green Skills Training Centre at Perth’s Central Institute of Technology, has officially opened. Designed by [GHD] Woodhead, constructed by Pyramid and with… more

  • Cromwell Property: why sustainability matters

    12 February 2015

    Cromwell Property Group says ensuring reliable returns for self-funded retiree investors means putting sustainability front and centre in the development and management of its portfolio, with greener leases, reduced fitout… more

  • South Australia introduces building upgrade finance legislation

    12 February 2015

    The South Australian government has introduced legislation into parliament to legalise building upgrade finance, also known as environmental upgrade agreements, as part of an election commitment to deliver retrofit opportunities… more

  • GHD appoints Sheldon Krahe to lead property and buildings

    12 February 2015

    Multidisciplinary consulting firm GHD is expanding its Australian presence in the property and buildings sector with the appointment of Sheldon Krahe as Australian market leader – property and buildings. Mr… more

  • Art project puts Melbourne building performance front and centre

    12 February 2015

    A data art project is putting the energy performance of Melbourne’s commercial buildings under the spotlight as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. Building Run, sponsored by the City of… more

  • 'Not time to panic' over volatile unemployment numbers

    12 February 2015

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) January Labour Force numbers have seen a decline in full time jobs and an increase in part time jobs that was to be expected, according to Employment Market Analyst at Randstad, Steve Shepherd. more

  • New convention centre will deliver economic dividends

    11 February 2015

    Canberra’s property industry welcomes a new report that finds a world-class convention centre will deliver economic dividends. The report, Australia Forum – and its potential economic benefits, was prepared by EY on behalf of the Canberra Business Chamber and Canberra Convention Bureau. more

  • 'Three speed’ office market a window into national economy

    11 February 2015

    Office market vacancy rates rarely make headlines, however as economic indicators go, they offer a unique insight into what is happening at the coal face of the Australian economy, and the current view is of a deeply fragmented level of economic performance across the states and territories. more

  • Retail vacancy rates continue downward trend

    11 February 2015

    The second half of 2014 saw retail vacancy rates continue to decline, signalling a gradual improvement in leasing markets, according to JLL Research. Figures show average specialty store vacancy rates fell across all retail categories and states in the second half of 2014, with JLL’s six-monthly survey revealing a decline of the national average to 3.2 per cent in December, down from 3.6 per cent in June. more

  • Apprenticeship System Vital To Increased Productivity, Growth And Jobs

    11 February 2015

    Master Builders Australia welcomes the Assistant Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham’s reinforcement of the Government’s commitment to an apprenticeship system that meets the needs of industry and provides enhanced pathways to rewarding careers for young people. more

  • Backyard innovation supports architectural icon

    11 February 2015

    The building of Frank Gehry’s latest jaw-dropping design in Sydney has involved some innovative structural engineering to support the unconventional brick facade. The newly opened Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has an engineering innovation conceived in a suburban garage to thank for its structural integrity. The 14 storey brick building resembling a “crumpled paper bag” has divided critics, like much of Gehry’s work. With its rippling facade and angled columns, the building presented structural engineering challenges for the AECOM team responsible for coming up with a solution. more

  • New Management Lift Leighton's Profit

    11 February 2015

    Asset sales by the new management of construction giant Leighton have boosted annual profit and offset lower earnings from its mining operations. more

  • Boral Drives Profit Growth

    11 February 2015

    Australia's housing construction boom has helped Boral rebound to profit, but the building products maker says the benefit of further rate cuts on housing will likely be minimal. more

  • Hundreds of Construction Jobs Cut at Roy Hill Project

    11 February 2015

    About 250 jobs have been cut at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore project at Port Hedland in Western Australia. more

  • Arup and GXN win award for biocomposite facade panel

    11 February 2015

    A prefabricated biocomposite facade panel that reduces embodied energy by 50 per cent has gained Arup and GXN, the research and development arm of architecture firm 3XN, a top European… more

  • AUSTECH 2015 – World's leading machine tool builders under one roof

    11 February 2015

    Those who walk through the doors of Melbourne's Convention and Exhibition Centre from 26 to 29 May 2015 will have a world of manufacturing opportunities open before their eyes. more

  • Less red tape for local firms with Intellectual Property law reform

    11 February 2015

    An Act which simplifies aspects of Australia's Intellectual Property system will mean Australian businesses have less red tape to deal with when protecting their hard-won intellectual property. more

  • Plastic cribbing sets benchmarks for weight-bearing consistency

    11 February 2015

    A new generation of recycled plastic cribbing system tested consistent with internationally recognised Australian Standards is being introduced throughout the Asia-Pacific. more

  • How to green your strata building

    10 February 2015

    As more Australians start to live in strata buildings, and power bills rise, the business case for improving the energy efficiency and overall sustainability of these properties is becoming more… more

  • The Defit Blog – Challenges to the industry: what we can’t recycle and why?

    10 February 2015

    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

  • Commercial solar: why the property sector is showing caution

    10 February 2015

    It seems like a no-brainer – add solar power to a commercial building and watch the bills go down, while also earning a gold star for carbon footprint reduction. In… more

  • US green buildings to attract lower interest rates

    9 February 2015

    The US Federal National Mortgage Association, Fannie Mae, has announced it will provide lower interest rate loans to green multi-residential buildings. For buildings with a green building certification, Fannie Mae… more

  • Your Essential Product Importing Checklist

    9 February 2015

    If you're about to embark on an importing venture for the first time, it's not as easy as buying some goods and sticking them on a boat. Successful importers are meticulous importers. more

  • 'Subdued' start to the year for construction industry

    6 February 2015

    A key industry index has shown the national construction industry remained in contraction in January. more

  • Building passports could help repair Australia’s energy efficiency bane

    5 February 2015

    The National Energy Efficient Building Project report recently blew the lid on Australia’s culture of poor energy performance across the entire building industry. There was a raft of suggestions made,… more

  • Why work safety advocates need to stop playing it safe

    5 February 2015

    Would a cricketer go into bat without a helmet, pads, gloves and box? So why do so many of our workers go to work around dangerous machines and hazardous chemicals without proper safety gear? more

  • 7 Recycling Tips for Manufacturing Facilities in 2015

    4 February 2015

    For the uninitiated, recycling might seem like a great way for your entire workforce to dither about depositing bits of glass, plastic, paper and metal in bins instead of actually working, but it's simply not like that. more

  • Lower Aussie dollar boosts manufacturing sector in Jan

    4 February 2015

    There were broadly stable conditions across the manufacturing sector in January with the Ai Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index increasing by 2.1 points to 49.0. more

  • Online access to Construction Code 'will save builders hundreds'

    2 February 2015

    The release of the National Construction Code (NCC) free online will help construction companies save hundreds on annual costs. more

  • Second Syd airport: new guidelines to address pollution concerns

    29 January 2015

    A set of guidelines for the environmental impact assessment of a second Sydney airport will address any new noise and air pollution concerns, the federal government has said in a recent statement. more

  • 5 Considerations for Importing Products

    28 January 2015

    Does your business have its eye on a great new product from overseas? more

  • Property to drive economic growth in 2015: new figures

    23 January 2015

    Australia’s property industry is emerging as the main driver of economic growth and increased employment in the transition away from a decade-long reliance on mining, according to new figures released today. The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows residential construction activity is expected to remain one of the highest of all sectors over the next twelve months. The quarterly survey is one of the largest measures of business confidence in Australia. Now in its third year the current issue canvassed the views of 1,955 respondents during the first two weeks of December 2014. more

  • India-Aust trade push 'another win' for bilateralism

    22 January 2015

    Australia's trade mission to India under Andrew Robb last week provided a much-needed impetus to conclude an Australia-India free trade agreement in 2015 – another APAC victory for the Coalition government having recently signed FTAs with Japan, China and Korea. more

  • Leaked review examines sweeping changes to workplace law

    22 January 2015

    The timing of a massive review by the federal government of workplace laws, which will place penalty rates, the minimum wage and workplace flexibility under the microscope, has placed unions, business and industry at odds with each other. more

  • Why you need a Job Description for each employee

    21 January 2015

    It is not uncommon for employees to see their Job Description during the interview and initiation, yet never set eyes upon it again. However, this is a wasted opportunity that could be put to better use for the benefit of both the employee and the company. more

  • Infrastructure spending 'must' be post-Qld election priority

    16 January 2015

    Whoever wins the Queensland election must put infrastructure spending as a priority, lest construction jobs be at risk, leading industry body the Civil Contractors Federation of Queensland (CCFQ) has warned. more

  • Japan EPA concessions create climate of uncertainty for locals

    15 January 2015

    The blanket 457 visa concessions included in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JEPA) leave Australian workers with "nothing but uncertainty", CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor has said. more

  • Industries set to fall in 2015

    12 January 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new year, there are a few industries for which 2015 may well turn out to be annus horribilis. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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