Policies

2016 Policy Priorities

The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its 2016 Policy Priorities.  The four policy priorities are: the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) with its former powers; the implementation of an effective regime to minimise the use of non-conforming building products; re-starting the process for the national harmonisation of licensing and registration of all trades and professions in the construction industry; and the establishment of an Australian Centre for Procurement Excellence.

Boosting Construction Productivity Policy

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is focussed on boosting productivity for construction in Australia, as a driver of more work and better quality outputs and workplaces for everyone.

ACIF Policy Compedium

ACIF has released a policy compendium, making recommendations to increase productivity across seven areas.

  1. Housing Affordability
  2. Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry
  3. Government Economic Management - Regulation
  4. Occupational Licensing
  5. Procurement
  6. Workforce Development and Relations
  7. Workplace Health and Safety

Industry Structure and Capacity

The scope and scale of the building and construction industry may surprise you.

Key Recommendations

In April 2014 ACIF released a range of policies intended to improve the productivity of the industry. They cover seven key areas of the process of delivering economic and social infrastructure. The policies are posted in full below.

Here are the key recommendations.

1. Housing Affordability

The availability of affordable housing is critical to the social and economic cohesion of our cities and regions.

2. Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry

The Australian Construction Industry provides shelter, infrastructure and community facilities for our social, economic and cultural needs. It accounts for more than 10% of GDP, and employs close to one million people. The industry recognises the need to offer satisfying and rewarding work to people regardless of background or gender. It needs to do this productively, safely, sustainably and economically by managing risk and safety whilst eliminating waste and creating value and quality.

3. Government Economic Management - Regulation

Harmonise licensing and registration nationally – Governments must now move expeditiously to complete the process of harmonising licensing and registration across the country. However, this process must be completed without increasing red tape, operational costs for business or the introduction of additional “local” requirements and hurdles.

4. Occupational Licensing

ACIF believes that a genuinely national market for like contractors, professions, trades and disciplines working in the industry would make for a more efficient market, responsive to varying needs for particular skills in different jurisdictions. This requires consistent capability and licensing and recognition standards across all jurisdictions.

5. Procurement

Project sponsors should not undertake significant capital works projects without the advice of appropriately skilled and experienced advisers. The Guide to Project Initiation, and The Case for Project Team Integration, published by ACIF and APCC, provide valuable guidance.

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