Construction Industry News

  • 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

  • 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

  • Home Renovation Spending to Fall Before a Rise

    24 April 2015

    The home renovation market should enjoy a modest recovery over the next few years, but that will follow another decline in 2015, the Housing Industry Association says. more

  • Big Challenges for Australia’s Flooring Sector

    24 April 2015

    Despite a comeback in new home construction, conditions within the flooring industry in Australia remain extremely challenging, leaders within the sector say. more

  • The Reality of Dangers in the Construction Industry

    24 April 2015

    The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy, 2012-2022 identified the construction industry as a priority industry for work health and safety. more

  • How Public Space GEEPs Save Lives

    24 April 2015

    Group Emergency Evacuation Plans, or GEEPs, are critical documents needed for public buildings with visitors unfamiliar with evacuation arrangements. An effective GEEP reduces risk and could be the difference between a safe evacuation and a major disaster. more

  • Mixed Messages from Governments on Poles and Wires

    24 April 2015

    According to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), unexpected events that lead to substantial overspend by owners of poles and wires is capped to 30 per cent. more

  • Gen Ys Trying to Get in on Property Ladder

    24 April 2015

    Gen Ys are jumping on the investment property ladder early and some of them already have multiple properties. more

  • Assistive Technology for People with Hearing Impairment

    24 April 2015

    Hearing augmentation for people with hearing impairments has been addressed in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for quite some time but continues to be a largely misunderstood assistive technology to many building owners and building professionals. 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

  • Environmentally Responsive Building Envelopes

    23 April 2015

    Building envelopes play one of the most important roles in the sustainable built environment. more

  • High Rise Timber Can Withstand Fire Hazards

    23 April 2015

    While the use of timber materials in multi-storey buildings has been a perennial source of safety concerns due to their combustible nature and associated fire risks, new construction solutions may have made such fears redundant, paving the way for the increased usage of wood in high-rise structures. more

  • Prompting Sustainable Behaviour

    23 April 2015

    One of the many human traits inhibiting sustainable behaviour is our tendency to forget. more

  • First ERF auction leaves property out in the cold

    23 April 2015

    The government’s first round ERF auction appears to have left commercial property projects out in the cold, with not one successful bidder from the property or energy efficiency sectors to… more

  • Solar in commercial property – a long way to go yet

    23 April 2015

    Adding solar energy to a building is a no-brainer in terms of reducing energy bills and carbon footprints – so why is the uptake in the commercial sector so low?… 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

  • GBCA adds support to online supply chain school

    21 April 2015

    The Green Building Council of Australia has partnered with the newly launched Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School to help boost industry skills. The online school, launched last month, is designed… more

  • Construction heavyweights join forces to lead Vic infrastructure forum

    21 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

  • Property Council voices concerns over new bushfire planning rules

    16 April 2015

    New planning rules for development in Western Australia’s bushfire prone areas could impact affordable housing and slow the state’s property industry, the Property Council of Australia says. Construction standards to… 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

  • Construction edges ahead in March: Australian PCI

    13 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

    13 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

  • Manufacturing process expert joins NMW's distinguished speakers

    7 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

    2 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

  • Industry 'strongly supports' Construction Industry Amendment Bill 2015

    27 March 2015

    "Industry strongly supports the Construction Industry Amendment (Protecting Witnesses) Bill 2015 which was introduced into Parliament late yesterday (25 March)," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox has asserted. 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

  • 4 Top Safety Ideas When Working at Heights

    25 March 2015

    As a rule, heights and humans don't mix, largely due to a rather inconvenient phenomenon called gravity. When your workers are required to confront gravity with above ground work, it's your job to ensure they are still above ground at the end of each shift and return home safely to their families. more

  • Industry and Science portfolio cuts almost $220 million in red tape

    20 March 2015

    Action to cut red tape has delivered almost $220 million to Australian businesses in the Industry and Science portfolio, according to the Australian Government. more

  • How to encourage team members to take ownership of goals

    19 March 2015

    You can see it. It's there, but it's not quite there. It's happening, but somehow it's only sort of happening. It's getting success, but it's not giving anyone real satisfaction. more

  • NMW 2015 a catalyst for industry growth

    17 March 2015

    Registration is now open for National Manufacturing Week 2015 (May 26 - 29, Melbourne), Australia's biggest – and longest-running – manufacturing industry event. more

  • Topped-off: billion dollar QLD trading area receives roof upgrade

    17 March 2015

    More than one billion dollars' worth of fresh produce traded annually at the state's largest wholesale fruit and vegetable marketplace will receive greater protection thanks to a ten million dollar roofing project. more

  • Builders call on cross bench senators to stand up to thugs and bullies

    16 March 2015

    Peak building and construction industry body Master Builders Australia has issued a challenge to the Senate crossbench to re-establish the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Calibration bench to optimise torque wrench performance

    10 March 2015

    Cooper Fluid Systems Mount Isa has introduced their new Enerpac calibration bench to optimise their hydraulic torque wrench safety, accuracy and reliability while saving customers time and money. more

  • Softer conditions continue in construction: Australian PCI

    6 March 2015

    The national construction industry contracted for a fourth consecutive month in February, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) falling by 2.0 points to 43.9. more

  • Intergenerational report heralds the 'age of the senior'

    5 March 2015

    The release of the Intergenerational Report confirms the Government's continued intention to cut the age pension, and highlights the need for more focus on combating age discrimination and having a more dynamic workforce participation policy. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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