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Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

12 August 2020

#Construction & Infrastructure

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

In the media

RICS: How has global construction activity fared in the face of COVID-19?
Construction activity has contracted across all regions in the second quarter of 2020 amid lockdowns and the impacts of social distancing measures. It has been estimated that 25 percent of projects were halted in the second quarter, on-site productivity is predicted to fall 12 percent and cost escalations will likely  put significant pressure on markets over next twelve months (06 August 2020).  More...

Home building approval downturn exacerbated by lockdown
Residential building approvals fell by a further 4.9 percent in June as the impact of COVID-19 restrictions continued to weigh on the sector,” stated HIA Senior Economist Geordan Murray. The cumulative decline in new home approvals over the last two years is significant (30 July 2020).  More...

Funding flows to local roads and community infrastructure
The Australian Government has delivered the first payment toward crucial small-scale local road and community infrastructure projects nationwide under a $500 million local government support initiative (31 July 2020).  More...

New South Wales

New research triggers crane compliance blitz in New South Wales
Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said inspectors will be on site checking safe slinging and load movements and issuing on-the-spot fines to anyone operating a crane without a valid high-risk work licence (30 July 2020).  More...

Big boost for first home buyers and construction industry as stamp duty slashed
First home buyers and the construction industry will be the big winners under a targeted boost, which will eliminate stamp duty on newly-built homes below $800,000 and slash thousands of dollars for properties up to $1 million (27 July 2020).  More...


$6 million boost for Queensland’s flood warning infrastructure network
As part of the joint state and Commonwealth $242 million Category C and D package established under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in response to the 2019 floods, the QRA is committed to building resilience against future natural disaster events, including pandemics (06 August 2020)

Plans on track for light rail to the Gold Coast Airport
Plans for a future light rail link to the Gold Coast Airport are on track thanks to a pledge by the Palaszczuk Government and the City of Gold Coast to start the business case (06 August 2020)

Applications open on $200 million Building Acceleration Fund
Applications are now open for the $200 million Building Acceleration Fund initiative to deliver multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects and create jobs throughout Queensland (31 July 2020).   More...


Melbourne builders secure COVID advocacy wins
Melbourne’s construction sector has secured significant advocacy victories as new guidelines have addressed several concerns regarding Stage 4 COVID lockdowns. Following consultation between government and industry, however, new guidance issued by Business Victoria has addressed several concerns (07 August 2020).  More...

Melbourne workers must have permit to attend site
Workers in construction and other sectors throughout Melbourne who need to be on site must have a permit or risk hefty fines as the state has entered Stage 4 COVID restrictions. Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements (05 August 2020).  More...

Practice and courts

Infrastructure Priority List 2020
The Priority List currently identifies 155 nationally significant infrastructure proposals, with 7 High Priority Projects, 21 Priority Projects, 37 High Priority Initiatives and 90 Priority Initiatives. This provides all levels of government with an evidence‑based list of infrastructure investment opportunities for the near, medium and longer term.  More...

New South Wales

Key compliance priorities updated
The Resources Regulator has published its July - December 2020 Compliance priorities document which sets out the key compliance priorities for the next six months. Between July and December this year the Regulator aims to complete four compliance priorities targeting respirable dust (revision to the exposure standards), progressive rehabilitation, subsidence management, and non-reporting of incidents. Click here to view the compliance priorities July - December 2020 (13 July 2020). 


Safer Buildings program enters final stage
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission is administering the three-part Safer Buildings program to understand the extent of combustible cladding use in Queensland’s private buildings. The Safer Buildings program has advanced considerably with Part 3 of the combustible cladding checklist now underway. The deadline for building owners to finalise the Part 3 assessment is 3 May 2021. For more information on the Safer Buildings program, visit


Business Victoria:  Construction sector guidance
Sector guidance for construction business under Melbourne's Stage 4 restrictions.
Includes:  Stage 4 restrictions; Permitted Work Premises; Business Operating Reductions – Construction; Application (08 August 2020).  More...

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