Construction Industry News

  • Mark Kozakiewicz appointed as Buchan Group associate

    26 September 2016

    Global architecture and design outfit The Buchan Group has announced the promotion of Mark Kozakiewicz to associate. Mr Kozakiewicz has been with Buchan for 18 years, focusing on retail design… more

  • Arup and Jacobs appointed as designers for Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

    26 September 2016

    In a joint venture with Jacobs, Arup has been appointed as designer for the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSW JV) to construct t... more

  • Work On Fully-Funded Metro Tunnel Begins

    26 September 2016

    Work on the Metro Tunnel – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Tra... more

  • Next step for housing infrastructure fund

    26 September 2016

    Councils can now submit indicative proposals for the Government’s $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund, Building and Housing Minister Dr Ni... more

  • Auckland's Property Market - Unlocking the value of robust research

    26 September 2016

    Statistics are often criticised for being misleading, but they are just a summary of facts that have been gathered and collated. The issue of... more

  • Ocean Reef Marina redevelopment one step closer

    26 September 2016

    The long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina project has moved one step closer with the Liberal National Government today announcing it will take over ... more

  • The Global 1:1 Tape Down

    26 September 2016

    How much space do we really need to live well? Is it the same for Sydney as it is for Shanghai? For Copenhagen? New York? See for yourself at... more

  • Australian Business Intent on Exploiting Digital Opportunities

    26 September 2016

    A new study indicates that businesses throughout Australasia are keen to capitalize on the potential benefits of digital transformation and associated big data analytics, with some organizations already successfully applying Internet of Things (IoT) approaches to existing operations. more

  • Report Queries Building Watchdog Methods

    26 September 2016

    The ombudsman has criticised the construction industry investigator's office for breaching confidentiality of people it is examining and using questionable interviewing methods. more

  • Australia’s Biggest Commercial Construction Companies Unveiled

    26 September 2016

    The main construction contractor within the CIMIC (formerly Leighton) Group has emerged as the nation’s most active civil and commercial construction company, according to a league table which ranks the nation’s biggest construction companies by the dollar value of new projects won within the local market. more

  • Builders Reap Massive Profits from Construction Boom

    26 September 2016

    Australia’s biggest home builders are cashing in on the  boom in residential construction, with the top 100 builders breaking ground on more homes than ever before over the last financial year and reaping almost $18 billion in revenue. more

  • Faulty Fire System Fears at Perth Hospital

    26 September 2016

    Unlicensed electricians are installing the fire detection and control system at the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital, potentially leaving a "ticking time bomb" of risks, a union says. more

  • Productivity Key to Growth: RBA

    26 September 2016

    Australia's remarkable boom times are over and the best way to maintain our standard of living is to have a "laser-like" focus on productivity, new Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe warns. more

  • WA Legislation to Help Subcontractors Get Paid

    26 September 2016

    Legislation has been introduced in the WA parliament with the aim of protecting payments to subcontractors in the construction industry. more

  • Ark Resources: ESD Engineer

    23 September 2016

    This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Sustainability Engineer/Building Scientist to advise on sustainable solutions for a wide range of new development projects. Ark Resources is a highly regarded… more

  • Wynyard Walk opens to public

    23 September 2016

    Sydney's newest pedestrian tunnel is open to the public.Wynyard Walk, Sydney's newest pedestrian tunnel, is open to the public and offers inc... more

  • Take a sneak peek at Wynyard Walk in Sydney’s CBD

    23 September 2016

    Our CPB Contractors team is busy working underneath Sydney’s CBD to get the Wynyard Walk pedestrian link ready for opening this month. more

  • Value capture is not a magic pudding

    23 September 2016

    The growing interest in all levels of government in Australia in the concept of value capture has raised concerns in the property development... more

  • Value capture is not a magic pudding

    23 September 2016

    The growing interest in all levels of government in Australia in the concept of value capture has raised concerns in the property development... more

  • Fake Safety Cards Issued to Sydney Construction Workers

    23 September 2016

    Hundreds of construction workers could be turning up to worksites unqualified after a Sydney man was arrested for selling fake health and safety white cards, police have warned. more

  • WA Posts Record Debt

    23 September 2016

    Several years ago, WA was the nation's strongest economy in the middle of Australia's greatest mining boom but it has now unveiled its highest ever deficit and debt. more

  • How to deal with conflict on the factory floor

    22 September 2016

    What causes workplace conflict? Well, in its broadest sense, human nature. more

  • Rebounding manufacturers look forward to more profitable 2017

    22 September 2016

    Australia’s manufacturers have rebounded strongly in recent months and are confident of improving profits next year due to rising turnover and a lower Australian dollar, the September quarter Australia Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has found. more

  • Bruce Highway upgrade features Australian first design

    22 September 2016

    A ground-breaking new interchange design to improve traffic management will be a key part of a major Queensland road project, with the contra... more

  • Market testing for private sector involvement in inland rail begins

    22 September 2016

    The Government is now inviting the private sector to register its interest in the design, construction, delivery and financing of the Inland ... more

  • Shortlist For Billion-Dollar High Capacity Signaling

    22 September 2016

    Two consortia have been shortlisted to deliver up to $1 billion worth of signaling and communications systems as part of the largest public t... more

  • Newforma Connector Initiative Expands Access to Project Information

    22 September 2016

    Newforma Cloud Services integration with third-party apps such as PlanGrid marks next step in Newforma’s quest to bridge data silos more

  • Who is Leading the Australian Construction Industry?

    22 September 2016

    The Australian construction sector accounts for almost one in every 10 dollars’ worth of output within the Australian economy and more than one in every 10 workers employed. more

  • 5 things Fishermans Bend needs to do. Hints from PCA, GBCA, C40, Bioregional and more

    21 September 2016

    Mandating high building standards, precinct-wide organic waste management and sustainable transport are just a few of the ways sustainability ambitions for the Fishermans Bend urban renewal project can be delivered,… more

  • EU residents set to get cheaper home loans for energy efficient houses

    21 September 2016

    Homebuyers across Europe could soon access better borrowing rates for purchasing energy efficient homes or committing to retrofitting, thanks to a new partnership between banks, property valuers, energy efficiency companies… more

  • Michael Rabbidge appointed EvacServices general manager

    21 September 2016

    Emergency management service provider EvacServices has appointed Michael Rabbidge as general manager. Mr Rabbidge has been involved in property and facility management since 1975, and is an active member of… more

  • Dunedin Hospital redevelopment next steps

    21 September 2016

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has approved the first of three stages of the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital.The rede... more

  • Bringing the Civil Engineering Office to the Field

    21 September 2016

    Bentley Systems announces OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition, an innovative application that provides civil and transportation professionals... more

  • Downer Awarded $250 Million Of Mining Services Contracts

    21 September 2016

    Downer EDI Limited (Downer) today announced that it has won five contracts valued at over $250 million through its mining services businesses... more

  • There’s more to outsourcing than saving money, CBRE finds

    20 September 2016

    The value of outsourcing in property has long been a bone of contention. Is it value for money or a one way street to lower values as contracts are inevitably… more

  • Rory Martin joins Frasers Property

    20 September 2016

    Rory Martin has been snapped up by Frasers Property Australia after leading the dwp|suters entry that was part of the winning team for Frasers’ Living Building Challenge Brickworks competition. He was previously… more

  • Michael Manikas appointed GBCA industry development head

    20 September 2016

    Former Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors chief executive Michael Manikas has been appointed head of industry development at the Green Building Council of Australia. Mr Manikas has more than two… more

  • Government confirms City Rail Link funding

    20 September 2016

    The Government has agreed to fund half the cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL), Associate Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Min... more

  • UNSW one step closer to new $125m Biological Sciences Building

    19 September 2016

    Multiplex, a leading global contractor, has reached a major construction milestone on the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Biological Sc... more

  • Strategic Relationship Principles Agreement signed between New Zealand Defence Force and Beca

    19 September 2016

    On 12 August 2016, the Strategic Relationship Principles Agreement between New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Beca Ltd (Beca) was officiall... more

  • Essential Energy fined $300,000 over worker death

    15 September 2016

    Essential Energy has been convicted and fined $300,000 following the death of an electrical worker at Bulahdelah in September 2013. more

  • Engineers challenge Minister over Skilled Occupation listing

    15 September 2016

    The Government continues to allow companies to source engineers from overseas when thousands of Australian based engineers struggle to find work. more

  • 5 Ways Lean Manufacturing Improves Profits

    15 September 2016

    If you know anything about lean manufacturing you’ve probably heard good and bad. more

  • Ai Group leads high-level Industry 4.0 apprenticeship initiative

    8 September 2016

    "Ai Group is embarking on a major collaborative project that could reinvent apprenticeships in Australia." more

  • New gas pipeline project in Qld offers jobs

    8 September 2016

    A new $80 million gas pipeline project in southern Queensland would offer 170 jobs, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said 7 September 2016. more

  • 6 Great Podcasts for Manufacturing Professionals

    1 September 2016

    If you’re not up to speed with podcasts, they’re a great way to stay up to speed with anything and everything while, well, operating at speed. more

  • Roofing company fined after worker seriously injured in fall

    1 September 2016

    A Sydney roofing company and its director have been fined more than $60,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from a roof in November 2014. more

  • Tax & workplace relations in building industry warrant early attention

    1 September 2016

    Improving Australia's tax system and changing the toxic culture in the building and construction industry need to be key priorities for the new Parliament, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on 31 August 2016. more

  • Roadmap to guide the way to workplace safety: SafeWork NSW

    25 August 2016

    SafeWork NSW recently launched a new work health and safety Roadmap for NSW which sets a number of ambitious targets to reduce the rate of injury, illness and fatalities in NSW workplaces. more

  • Construction surges as Victoria bucks national trend

    25 August 2016

    Victoria is officially Australia’s construction engine room with a $939 million (9.8 per cent) spike in activity in the year to June 2016. more

  • Construction safety project hailed a success, extended 3 more years

    18 August 2016

    A construction safety project that aims to improve safety and reduce red tape on Border construction sites has been hailed a success by NSW’s and Victoria’s safety regulators. more

  • Ai Group trade report: Lower dollar a positive but challenges remain

    18 August 2016

    An Ai Group National CEO survey released 15 August 2016 has found that the lower dollar is helping Australian businesses and manufacturers. more

  • Work needed to boost apprenticeship numbers: ACCI

    18 August 2016

    Words are not enough: report highlights vital role apprenticeships play in the modern economy. more

  • Manufacturing people power: full time or labour hire?

    11 August 2016

    With eCommerce and an ever-growing market of impatient customers expecting everything yesterday, manufacturing has never faced more challenges. more

  • How to safely handle forklift loads: SafeWork NSW

    10 August 2016

    SafeWork NSW releases video on forklift load handling. more

  • FIFO workmates urged to ask R U OK?

    4 August 2016

    WITH up to 1 in 3 fly-in fly-out workers reportedly experiencing mental health difficulties[1], suicide prevention organisation R U OK? is urging workmates to support one another before they hit rock bottom, as part of a new campaign. more

  • Sydney construction company fined after worker falls 12 metres

    4 August 2016

    A Sydney construction company has been fined $87,500 after a labourer fell 12 metres from a scaffold at a Lane Cove construction site. more

  • SafeWork NSW issues ladder safety warning due to recent incidents

    28 July 2016

    SafeWork NSW has issued a reminder to NSW businesses to work safely with ladders after one worker was killed and four were seriously injured in falls over the past two months. more

  • National BIM Initiative Aims to Accelerate Adoption by Industry

    30 April 2016

    A new public-private BIM initiative will seek to foster better understanding of the technology within the AEC sector, as well as ensure greater consistency of methods and approaches across Australia. The establishment of the National BIM Advisory Board is expected to accelerate adoption of the technology across the AEC sector by providing a unified platform for coordination and discussion between regional organizations around Australia. The new nationwide BIM initiative is a public-private collaboration between the government’s Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), with other participating groups including buildingSMART, Collaborate ANZ… 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

  • 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

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