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Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

24 March 2020

#Construction & Infrastructure

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

In the media 

$15bn lending for SMEs announced
The federal government has announced $15 billion in lending for small businesses as part of its $100 billion “bridge” to support the Australian economy through the spread of coronavirus (20 March 2020).  More...

Research to make construction cheaper and safer
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the work of the Building 4.0 CRC would provide Australians with lower cost, smart housing solutions and put Australia among the world leaders in the advanced manufacture of buildings (18 March 2020).  More... 

Manufacturers to benefit from government stimulus packages
Retail sales are expected to boost for machine and equipment manufacturers under the federal government’s $1.3 billion stimulus package (16 March 2020).  More... 

$1.3bn support package for small businesses in response to coronavirus
A $1.3 billion support package from the Federal Government to keep 117,000 apprentices and trainees employed will become available for up to 70,000 small businesses (16 March 2020).  More... 

Stimulus measures will support home building
HIA welcomes the Australian Government stimulus package, particularly the support provided for apprentices,” said HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon. The construction industry employs over 1.1 million people, with residential building work generating over $105 billion for the Australian economy in 2018 (12 March 2020).  More... 

New South Wales

'Glacial progress': Minister under fire over flammable cladding crisis
Cabinet is still considering how it should handle the flammable cladding crisis more than six months after recommendations from the building commissioner (17 March 2020).   More... 

Sydney’s top 15 major development projects
Sydney is set to add a spate of new development to its iconic skyline over the coming years, boosted by a now-$55 billion infrastructure and transport pipeline (12 March 2020).  More... 

Queensland

Major Brisbane water treatment plant to receive $35 million upgrade
A $35 million filtration upgrade is to be carried out at the Mt Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant in Brisbane’s west to improve its resilience to extreme weather events and to enhance water supply security for south-east Queensland (18 March 2020).  More... 

Brisbane welcomes approval of 2020 Master Plan
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed the approval of its 2020 Master Plan by the Deputy Prime Minister. Providing a 20-year blueprint for development, the Master Plan outlines the land use planning and development intent for BNE, ensuring essential aviation infrastructure is continually delivered in advance of the increased demand (18 March 2020).  More... 

Victoria

Plans for world-first solar power plant in western Victoria
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Agency (ARENA) has announced $3 million in funding to RayGen Resources Pty Ltd (RayGen) to conduct a technical and commercial feasibility study for a 4 MW “solar hydro” power plant to be built in north-western Victoria (19 March 2020).  More... 

Residents fight proposal to store contaminated West Gate Tunnel soil near Bacchus Marsh
More than a thousand people from a community west of Melbourne have turned out to protest a proposal for contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel Project to be stored in a former coal mine  (11 March 2020).  More... 

In practice and courts 

New NatHERS certificate to be rolled out by 30 April 2020
A new NatHERS certificate will soon come into use as software tools transition to Chenath Engine version 3.21.The new NatHERS certificate has been developed after significant consultation with industry users and will replace the previous “universal certificate” for all new assessments from 1 May 2020. Preview the new NatHERS Certificate here

RICS UN backed global standard
RICS is chairing the development of the International Fire Safety Standard and it follows previous RICS work to bring consistency to the standards people can expect globally across property, construction and valuation. The International Fire Safety Standards haved closed with the final international standard to be published later in 2020.

New guidance improves health and safety reporting for commercial properties
New guidance for chartered surveyors on building condition reports for commercial property has been released by RICS to bring further transparency to the purchase or sale of commercial assets. The first edition of Technical due diligence of commercial property – which will become the version to use for all regulated members and firms globally on 1 April 2020.  More...

Queensland

Department of Housing and Works: Sign up to get paid faster
We’re supporting small business by reducing payment time frames for our small business suppliers in the On-Time Payment Policy. From 1 July 2020, small business suppliers will get paid within 20 days, instead of the standard 30 days for valid, undisputed invoices of any value.  More...

QBCC reminder: Important changes for Mechanical Services Licences
The new laws will apply if you contract for, supervise or personally carry out mechanical services work in Queensland regardless of the value of the work. These changes will be implemented in a phased approach:From 1 July 2020 all existing contractors who perform mechanical services work, including medical gas, must be licensed. More...

QBCC: Safer Buildings program enters final stage
The QBCC 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 www.saferbuildings.qld.gov.au

Cases

Parrwood Pty Ltd v Trinity Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 208
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION — Progress payments — Where right to a progress payment arose before suspension — Whether adjudication determined amount of progress payment — Whether adjudicator committed jurisdictional error — Whether party entitled to withdraw adjudication application under s 26 and file new adjudication application — Where supporting statement under Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) s 13(8) allegedly false or misleading — Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW), ss 8, 9, 13, 22, 26 and 34.
EVIDENCE — Application of the principle in Briginshaw v Briginshaw.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE — Where cross summons filed late — Whether decision not to challenge the first adjudicator determination amounts to election

Disclaimer
The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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