Construction Industry News

  • Arbitration: Final and Binding

    28 August 2015

    Arbitration is an established feature of dispute resolution in the construction sector. more

  • How to Improve Construction Productivity

    28 August 2015

    The construction industry is a major contributor both directly and indirectly to the Australian economy. more

  • Townsville Ring Road project achieves million tonne milestone

    28 August 2015

    On Tuesday 25 August, Seymour Whyte’s Townsville Ring Road (Stage 4) project achieved a significant milestone within five months since the st... more

  • Construction to start on major Cape York road upgrade

    28 August 2015

    Work will start this week on upgrading a 29 kilometre section of the Peninsula Developmental Road north of Coen on Cape York Peninsula. The a... more

  • Badgerys Creek officially declared an airport site

    28 August 2015

    It's official! New regulations naming Badgerys Creek as the site for Western Sydney's airport were proclaimed today by Deputy Prime Minister ... more

  • O-Bahn tunnel report released, significant jobs boost from project

    28 August 2015

    The State Government has released a detailed analysis of the O-Bahn City Access Project, including the response to extensive consultation wit... more

  • O-Bahn tunnel report released, significant jobs boost from project

    28 August 2015

    The State Government has released a detailed analysis of the O-Bahn City Access Project, including the response to extensive consultation with com... more

  • WA Gives Construction Sector a Much Needed Boost

    27 August 2015

    Work on several massive resources projects in Western Australia caused an unexpected rise in construction activity in recent months, but there was also a surprise fall in home building. more

  • Residential Property Developer Posts Record Profit

    27 August 2015

    Property developer Cedar Woods expects to maintain its record profit after shrugging off disappointing sales in key mining town projects. more

  • Boral Profit Jumps to $257 million, But Outlook Flat

    27 August 2015

    Building products maker Boral has lifted its full year profit by just under 50 per cent to $257 million. more

  • Warning as GBCA seeks to open membership to trade associations

    27 August 2015

    Membership to the Green Building Council of Australia could become open to trade associations if approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting convened for Tuesday 1 September. The GBCA says the… more

  • PrefabNZ and the leaner, greener construction market

    27 August 2015

    Social housing and the retirement sector offer an enormous opportunity for New Zealand’s growing prefabricated construction sector to demonstrate its ability to deliver affordable, sustainable dwellings, according to PrefabNZ’s chief… 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

  • Guiding principles set out how oil and gas industry should operate in the Territory

    27 August 2015

    New guiding principles setting out how the onshore oil and gas industry should operate in the Northern Territory have been released today. Sp... more

  • Australand wins Edmondson Park Town Centre Tender

    27 August 2015

    UrbanGrowth NSW today confirmed that Australand, a member of the Frasers Centrepoint Group, has been awarded the tender for the purchase and ... more

  • Transurban announces first Innovation Grant recipient

    27 August 2015

    Transurban has today announced the first recipient of its Innovation Grants Program, awarding a $100,000 grant to a team led by Dr Thomas Fie... more

  • Why WorkCover is For You, Not Against You

    26 August 2015

    It’s tempting as an employer to think of WorkCover as a thing to be feared. more

  • Guide to Green Star Submissions

    26 August 2015

    The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has officially certified close to one thousand projects since the release of the Green Star Rating System. It might come as a surprise to many that no two projects are ever identical. more

  • Is Australia Heading for a Construction Trade Shortage?

    26 August 2015

    Around Australia, concern is growing about a long-term shortage of skilled construction tradespeople amid fears not enough apprentices are being trained to replace retiring workers and meet growth in demand for new labour. more

  • CFMEU Chiefs Besieged By Criminal Allegations

    26 August 2015

    Australian law enforcement authorities have launched multi-state investigations into alleged criminal conduct by some of the senior-most members of the CFMEU. more

  • My town is building a “smart” local energy network

    26 August 2015

    Sustainability commentator Murray Hogarth was invited to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference 2015 earlier this week. This is an edited version of his presentation. My title for this… more

  • Gunnedah overpass progresses

    26 August 2015

    Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that the benefits of a second rail overpass in Gunnedah are one step closer to being reali... more

  • Cunningham appointed as Regional Director for ACT

    26 August 2015

    We congratulate Dan Cunningham on his recent appointment as Regional Director for the Australian Capital Territory. Building Services special... more

  • New CEO appointed for Abergeldie

    26 August 2015

    Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure has recently appointed Greg Taylor to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He will commence in mid-Septembe... more

  • New CEO appointed for Abergeldie

    26 August 2015

    Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure has recently appointed Greg Taylor to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He will commence in mid-September 201... more

  • BlueScope Cuts 500 Jobs, May Close Australian Production

    25 August 2015

    The future of BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla plant is "on a knife edge" after the steelmaker said it will cut at least 500 jobs to reduce costs in the face of cheaper imports. more

  • HVAC optimisation guide to cut commercial building energy use

    25 August 2015

    A new guide for the commercial property sector that outlines strategies for reducing energy use through optimising heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems has been released by the Australian Institute of… more

  • Iconic Sydney Opera House becomes a Green Star

    25 August 2015

    One of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House, has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. The announcement… more

  • Industry survey reflects construction & building upswing in QLD

    24 August 2015

    Master Builders' latest Survey of Industry Conditions for the June 2015 quarter shows business confidence in the Queensland economy and the building and construction industry is on the upswing, after a fall in the last quarter. 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

  • Probuild awarded construction contract for $345 million Jupiters Casino development

    21 August 2015

    Following a highly competitive tender process, Echo Entertainment Group (Echo) has appointed Probuild to construct the Gold Coast's new Jupiters C... more

  • Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will not repeat commissioning mistakes

    21 August 2015

    An expert in the commissioning of hospitals will commence in September to help make sure that the mistakes made in the lead-up to the opening of t... more

  • How to keep WA growing post mining boom

    20 August 2015

    Infrastructure and property development are the keys to Western Australia’s continued prosperity following the mining boom, according to a new Property Council commissioned report by Urbis has found. Public transport… more

  • Alarm bells for strata owners as firefighters told to stay on sidelines

    20 August 2015

    Dodgy building products causing excessive fire risks could see firefighters refuse to enter high rise apartment buildings to fight fires, the head of Strata Community Australia has warned. SCA chief… more

  • Robin Mellon: the exit interview

    20 August 2015

    After eight-and-a-half years, Robin Mellon, the Green Building Council of Australia’s renowned chief operating officer, is heading off in a new direction. First stop a long overseas sojourn in Sri… more

  • Master Builders start to change the game

    20 August 2015

    For builders to play their part in creating a more sustainable property sector, equipping themselves with greater knowledge is only part of the equation, according to Phillip Alviano, the sustainable… more

  • How to build excellence into your operational maintenance program

    20 August 2015

    Excellence is a great word. It's a word worth using in every aspect of your business and something you should strive for in everything you do. That includes all aspects of maintenance. more

  • New UAV adds to Cardno’s New Zealand service offering

    20 August 2015

    Cardno’s spatial and survey team in New Zealand has recently taken delivery of an AscTec Rotary Falcon 8 UAV, adding to their surveying, asset ins... more

  • New Jobs And More Housing Fast-Tracked For Melbourne’s East

    19 August 2015

    The Burwood Brickworks site in Melbourne’s east is set to be home to more than 2000 people, after the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today ap... more

  • New $175 million hotel and apartment proposed for city

    19 August 2015

    A 30-floor hotel and residential apartment development has been proposed for a prime Adelaide city address, following an agreement struck in Singa... more

  • New 6-star hotel a symbol of confidence for Gold Coast

    18 August 2015

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 17-storey Jupiters Hotel would be a beacon of confidence in the Gold Coast’s future when she turned the fir... more

  • Walker Corporation wins tender for $2 billion Parramatta Square re-development

    17 August 2015

    Walker Corporation has secured a major residential and commercial tender for the largest stages of the re-development of Parramatta Square. The $2... more

  • Christchurch Hospital’s new building on track

    17 August 2015

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the development of the Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital is progressing well. Dr Coleman toda... more

  • Recent cases show why Senate should back ABCC

    16 August 2015

    According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, senators should support the bill to reintroduce the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) given the mounting evidence of lawlessness on construction sites. more

  • Why it's time to bring manufacturing back to Australia

    16 August 2015

    If you're old enough to be nostalgic about the 1960s, wistful thoughts probably revolve around black suited Beatles rather than boom times in manufacturing. more

  • How the Internet of Things will affect the Supply Chain

    12 August 2015

    You may not know it yet, but the Internet of Things (IoT) could well be the biggest 'thing' affecting your business future. more

  • Productivity commission plan to improve resource project negotiations

    10 August 2015

    The Productivity Commission has laid the blueprint for getting new major resource sector projects approved in Australia faster and more competitively, by proposing a more efficient and modernised system for new project industrial negotiations in its draft workplace relations report. more

  • Construction industry launches new initiative to woo students

    10 August 2015

    Australia's leading construction companies today launched a new awareness initiative to attract and retain more young people in the industry. more

  • QLD building approvals up 17 per cent for the financial year

    6 August 2015

    Queensland's building industry is powering ahead, with residential building approvals up almost 17 per cent across the state in 2014/15. more

  • Aust manufacturing & rural exports experienced growth in 2014-15

    5 August 2015

    Australia's services, manufacturing and rural exports experienced strong growth in 2014-15, cushioning the impact of lower resource export earnings. more

  • How to meet product safety requirements under Australian law

    2 August 2015

    Do you sell products to Australian customers? Or do you manufacture products for the Australian market? If so, do you know for sure that they meet Australian Consumer Law (ACL) safety standards? more

  • 10 Great Podcasts For Business Managers

    2 August 2015

    Podcasts aren't exactly new, but only recently have they started to be taken seriously as a medium. For years they were the online equivalent of amateur radio whereby a few profoundly unprofessional presenters communicated with even fewer profoundly disinterested listeners. more

  • Forecasts show changing gears in building and construction

    29 July 2015

    Latest industry forecasts for the building and construction industry in Australia show that the economy is changing gears, making a big impact on the one million-plus people employed in the sector. more

  • Making innovation a priority in your industry

    29 July 2015

    Innovation is the cornerstone of business. In fact, penetration into a specific industry by a startup is driven by a new idea or a unique operating model. more

  • Govt securing role of industry in training package development

    20 July 2015

    The Federal Government's commitment to ensure industry needs are central to the development of training packages has taken a step forward. Senator Simon Birmingham, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training is calling for expressions of interest to establish skills service organisations. more

  • Ai Group: QLD budget 'sound' but immediate pressures remain

    17 July 2015

    Ai Group Queensland State Director Jemima Dunn expressed approval of the 2015-16 Queensland budget’s view to improve State finances through debt reduction and encouraging the greater diversification of Queensland industry. more

  • Australian workers warned by AMWU about impact of China FTA deal

    17 July 2015

    The Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) has recently issued a warning to Australian workers in light of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). more

  • ACCI: labour movement changes under China agreements to 'benefit' Aust

    13 July 2015

    According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, construction projects will be more timely and cost effective under provisions in the China-Australia FTA and a separate MOU on Investment Facilitation Arrangements that allow for the use of overseas workers in some instances more

  • Trusted Trader Program to bring red tape relief for business

    13 July 2015

    According to Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox, the Trusted Trader Program will ensure that Australian exporters and importers who already comply with the rules can focus their attention on building their businesses, rather than being caught in a web of red tape. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • HIA Welcomes Small Business Focus in Budget

    15 May 2015

    The Federal Budget delivers a welcome injection into the engine room of Australia’s economy – the small business sector – according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia's residential building industry. “The $5.5 billion ‘Growing jobs and small business package’ provides important support to a wide-ranging group of small businesses in the residential construction industry,” said HIA Chief Executive, Industry Policy and Media Relations, Graham Wolfe. more

  • The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement

    15 May 2015

    John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects that have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.  more

  • Vision for the North a bold step towards economic success

    15 May 2015

    Peak body Engineers Australia applauds the Commonwealth Government’s establishment of a $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to drive investment in critical infrastructure, building a strong north for a stronger nation. “The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is a bold step towards the successful development of Northern Australia,” said Engineers Australia Northern Division General Manager, Mr Greg Ewing. more

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