Construction Industry News

  • Engineering’s Golden Rule

    2 March 2017

    The Golden Rule, or the rule of reciprocity, states that one should treat others as one would wish to be treated. It is an astonishingly widespread maxim, appearing in some form in virtually every major religion and belief system. more

  • Unions 'Right of Entry' fundamental to Safety: Opinion

    2 March 2017

    So says Senator Nick Xenophon and I agree with him. more

  • Queensland’s Chain of Responsibility Guidelines

    2 March 2017

    Entities can reduce their risk profile by having in place systems and clear documentation identifying all parties who are identifiable as “a related person” for the "chain of responsibility" laws under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EPA 1994). more

  • Charlton to Kingsthorpe highway upgrade to start

    1 March 2017

    Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin s... more

  • Construction is underway at Grocon's $40 million Greenwich Fairfield Apartments

    1 March 2017

    Construction has commenced on Grocon’s $40 million Greenwich Fairfield project in Melbourne’s inner-suburban Fairfield. The official start o... more

  • Construction is underway at Grocon's $40 million Greenwich Fairfield Apartments

    1 March 2017

    Construction has commenced on Grocon’s $40 million Greenwich Fairfield project in Melbourne’s inner-suburban Fairfield. The official start o... more

  • Probuild Appointed as Preferred Contractor to Construct New Victoria Police Centre

    1 March 2017

    Cbus Property has appointed national tier-one construction company Probuild as Preferred Contractor to construct a purpose built facility to ... more

  • Administrator Called in for Watersun Homes, 80 Jobs Lost

    1 March 2017

    Watersun Homes, a construction company that formerly sponsored an AFL team, has called in administrators to sell its projects and told 90 full-time workers their jobs have gone. more

  • National Security of Payment Approach Would Protect Subcontractors

    1 March 2017

    Late payments, non-payments and insolvencies have been long standing blights on the Australian building and construction industry. Fire protection contractors have been in the front line of wearing these industry scourges for generations now, and the same applies for any other subcontractor performing services or structural work in the industry. more

  • Market pulse: renewable industry faces mining-boom-like talent drought

    28 February 2017

    The profusion of large-scale solar and wind projects due to start construction this year is resulting in a talent drought similar to that experienced during the mining boom. Jan Rieche,… more

  • New coal mine takes key step forward

    28 February 2017

    Queensland’s latest coal mine proposal - the $1 billion Olive Downs mine near Moranbah - is a step closer after been given coordinated projec... more

  • Infrastructure boom creates apprenticeships across NSW

    28 February 2017

    Infrastructure programs across the state have created 2208 new apprenticeships. The 2208 new apprentices have been employed by the state’s $7... more

  • New coal mine takes key step forward

    28 February 2017

    Queensland’s latest coal mine proposal - the $1 billion Olive Downs mine near Moranbah - is a step closer after been given coordinated projec... more

  • New Projects Burst Onto Nation’s Infrastructure Priority List

    28 February 2017

    The relocation of the University of Tasmania’s Stem Sell Facilities to the CBD, the Northern Road Upgrade in the Western Sydney Corridor and upgrades to several stretches of the Bruce Highway are among new entrants to Australia’s list of infrastructure priorities. more

  • The Never Ending Perfect Storm

    28 February 2017

    We all know regulation of the building industry has been on a downward spiral for over a decade. Why does the Andrews Government retain a dodgy consumer protection regime that every consumer body in Australia demeans because it fails the homeowners that need it? more

  • Federal Security of Payment: Confusion Reigns

    28 February 2017

    A single version of the Security of Payment Act is a mirage of wonders lingering on the horizon. Could it finally actually happen? more

  • CIMIC Circles as Macmahon Results Slide

    28 February 2017

    Construction giant CIMIC has made its takeover offer for mining services company Macmahon Holdings unconditional after the target company's board rejected the hostile bid. more

  • Rein in Serial Phoenix Company Directors: Report

    28 February 2017

    Directors who are involved in multiple companies which have been placed into insolvency should have new restrictions placed on them, a report has found. more

  • New president for Property Council WA

    27 February 2017

    Frasers Property Group general manager residential Tony Perrin has been announced as the new president of the Property Council’s WA division. Mr Perrin has 25 years experience in property development,… more

  • USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference to be held in Mumbai

    27 February 2017

    From USGBC: The U.S. Green Building Council – the creators of the LEED green building rating system – have announced that Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference and expo, will be held… more

  • Head Of North East Link Project Appointed To Get It Done

    27 February 2017

    The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the missing link in Melbourne’s road network, appointing an expert CEO of the new specialist ... more

  • Future-proofing mine site infrastructure

    27 February 2017

    Although Australia’s mining investment boom may be slowing down, production levels are not. During the construction boom, new mining assets w... more

  • Infrastructure Australia approves Hobart STEM relocation

    27 February 2017

    Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor, has approved the business case for the relocation of the Universit... more

  • $13 billion tourism investment pipeline in Queensland to deliver jobs

    27 February 2017

    Strong investor confidence in Queensland’s tourism potential has seen the State’s tourism infrastructure pipeline increase to $13 billion in ... more

  • Construction cost escalation slowing as sentiment remains positive

    24 February 2017

    The Rider Levett Bucknall Q1 2017 RLB Oceania Report released today shows the construction outlook for both Australia and New Zealand remains... more

  • Green Bond certification to support environmentally responsible projects

    24 February 2017

    Queensland is on its way to boosting investment in environmentally responsible projects through Green Bonds issued by the government’s Queens... more

  • Weighing up a problem? Learn the art of balance

    24 February 2017

    During the early 1900s, two shoe salesmen travelled to Africa in search of new market opportunities. In their telegrams back to Manchester, t... more

  • Construction cost escalation slowing as sentiment remains positive

    24 February 2017

    The Rider Levett Bucknall Q1 2017 RLB Oceania Report released today shows the construction outlook for both Australia and New Zealand remains... more

  • Wagga Wagga Hospital redevelopment enters final stage

    24 February 2017

    The $282.1 million redevelopment and expansion(external link) will allow the hospital to cater to its community’s future needs. more

  • Fremantle beats Sydney to first Nightingale project out of Melbourne

    23 February 2017

    The Nightingale Model has now reached Western Australia, with EHDO Architecture obtaining a licence and pipping Sydney in securing land to develop a project. Nightingale Freo will be built on… more

  • Finish line on the horizon for $163M Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication project

    23 February 2017

    The Palaszczuk Government’s $163 million Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication project is moving full steam ahead, with construction on trac... more

  • Our cities are full – we need new ones!

    23 February 2017

    By 2050, the UN predicts that cities will somehow accommodate a massive 2.5 billion more people than the 4 billion that already live there. T... more

  • Pirtek Stadium demolition begins

    23 February 2017

    Demolition work to make way for the new Western Sydney stadium at Parramatta has begun.The new 30,000-seat stadium will cater for larger crow... more

  • Parramatta light rail to connect communities

    22 February 2017

    A new light rail line across Greater Parramatta will ensure commuters are able to travel easily to their homes, jobs, hospitals, universities... more

  • Changes to Building Code implementation are welcome: ACCI

    9 February 2017

    The Government’s proposed changes to the implementation of the Building Code will help to restore the rule of law to construction sites sooner and should be supported by the Parliament, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. more

  • Construction ends 2016 in the red: Australian PCI®

    19 January 2017

    The national construction industry declined for a third consecutive month in December. more

  • New report shows real solutions to housing affordability needed

    17 January 2017

    The Property Council of Australia has welcomed a new report on housing affordability, saying governments need to focus on solutions that will make a difference not political distractions. The report released by CoreLogic and Australian National University shows an increasing gap between household income and the money required for a 20 per cent housing deposit. more

  • 2017 begins with the highest confidence levels in two years

    17 January 2017

    2017 begins with a two-year high in confidence across the property industry according to the latest quarterly ANZ Property Council Survey. The sentiment survey of more than 1,500 industry professionals – the largest of its kind – found a further increase in confidence over the quarter, rising 2 points to 132 for the March 2017 quarter.  A score of 100 is considered neutral. more

  • FPA Australia Wins New Government Contract

    17 January 2017

    Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has won a competitive tender to be the successful bidder for a new contract with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).   The contract will see FPA Australia form a strategic partnership with Arup, WSP Building, Red Fire Engineering, Umow Lai Vic, News Limited and UniQuest to perform a Calibration Study of the proposed Fire Safety Verification Method for the National Construction Code (NCC). more

  • AIBS SA Awards 2017 Nominations Open

    17 January 2017

    The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors SA Chapter has opened nominations for its 2017 Awards.   The Awards are designed to recognise those who demonstrate excellence in professional standards, initiatives in building surveying, mentoring skills, and  promotion of the building surveying profession and AIBS encourages members to participate in this year’s awards program by submitting an entry. more

  • Managing Mental Health in Architecture

    17 January 2017

    The NSW Architects Registration Board's Managing Mental Health workshop, held in Sydney on 17 October, 2016, is part of a larger project instigated by the ARB looking at mental health in the profession. The project is in reponse to the ARB's realisation that a number of registered architects are requesting exemptions due to ongoing mental health issues. It appears that a greater-than-the-normal population needs assistance with mental health in architecture, suggesting that the profession has some specific issues.  more

  • ACT and NSW join forces to improve construction industry safety

    15 December 2016

    A new project to improve safety in the construction industry on either side of the NSW/ACT border was launched by WorkSafe ACT and SafeWork NSW recently. more

  • Construction company faces court, young apprentices short-changed $32K

    15 December 2016

    A Queensland building and construction company and its director are facing court over allegations they short-changed two young apprentices more than $32,000. more

  • Safety blitz targets demolition sites: WorkSafe Victoria

    24 November 2016

    WorkSafe VIC inspectors have begun a month-long blitz targeting dangerous and sub-standard demolition work. more

  • Rails and roads set to lift major construction work

    24 November 2016

    The latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey released suggests that an upturn in transport infrastructure activity will drive a lift in major construction project work across the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years. more

  • Large states see big falls in building approvals

    3 November 2016

    Residential building approvals figures released recently by the ABS indicate that total dwelling approvals experienced a large decline during the month of September, said the Housing Industry Association - the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. more

  • EPA pilot program calls for reuse of construction & demolition waste

    3 November 2016

    The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is searching for organisations that can find new ways to make use of someone else's construction and demolition waste. more

  • Engineering, not rocket-science will fix infrastructure waste

    27 October 2016

    Over the past fifteen years, Australians have paid $28 billion more than they budgeted for on transport infrastructure because of government reliance on outsourced advice. more

  • Boom gates essential for a safe landing

    23 October 2016

    Rotech's boom gate solution plays an important role in getting patients, who are air lifted to Tamworth Hospital, quickly and safely from the heli-pad to the emergency department for treatment. more

  • Australian PMI®: manufacturing stabilises in September

    6 October 2016

    After a sharp drop in August, the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) regained 2.9 points to record a broadly stable 49.8 in September. more

  • $25,000 back-pay for apprentice floor layer

    29 September 2016

    A western Sydney commercial flooring company has reimbursed an apprentice floor layer almost $25,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found he had been underpaid over two years. 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

  • Industry supports foreign investment regime

    21 September 2016

    The announcement that the current rules for foreign investment of property are being actively enforced is welcomed by the property industry. The Property Council of Australia says there is strong industry support for the application of the current rules for foreign investors. “We want foreign investment targeted towards new supply because new supply is the key to closing the housing affordability gap”, said Glenn Byres, Chief of Policy and Housing. “We must be a country that encourages foreign investment in new housing because new housing benefits us all. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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