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Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

03 November 2021

#Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

In the media

Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner reappointed
The Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner, Mr Andrew Dyer, has been reappointed in the role for a further four year term. Mr Dyer’s role includes helping industry and governments by identifying and promoting adoption of best practices for planning and deploying energy infrastructure projects (29 October 2021).  More...

Cost of land rises twice as fast as building materials
The cost of residential land has risen more than twice as fast as the cost of building materials over the past year,” said HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon (27 October 2021).  More...

Social housing sector urged to get moving
Housing affordability is going backwards, social housing waiting lists are growing and the time has come to “stop running pilots and actually start replicating” (26 October 2021).  More...

Labour shortfalls push Australia down Global Construction Index
Australia has ranked 15th in world for construction workers as the country battles with a skills shortage and a building boom. Builders in Australia were continuing to report wage pressures due from skills shortages, according to the latest Australian Performance of Construction Index, and the pressure of the HomeBuilder scheme was adding to this (25 October 2021).  More...

Thousands in limbo as 'orphaned' homes crisis affects Australia's building industry
Thousands of homeowners are being stranded with "orphaned" houses they cannot live in because of regulatory failures and bureaucratic dithering, industry experts say (22 October 2021).  More...

Under construction: Building new industry standards
A new industry Culture Standard to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the 1.2 million Australian construction workers released for comment. The Standard is expected to be finalised by the end of this year and implementation pilots are due to start in NSW and Victoria in 2022, with other states and territories expected to follow soon after (20 October 2021).  More...

Backing better regions with $300 million
$300 million will support 298 local infrastructure and community projects under the fifth round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes $125 million in funding dedicated for 81 projects that will bolster regional tourism to further support social and economic outcomes in regions as they rebuild post COVID (20 October 2021).  More...

Australians are living in 'glorified tents' and it's costing our wallets and the environment
Companies are developing lower carbon building materials, and voluntary standards offer a green rating for buildings and homes. But experts say a mandated, national definition of what green means could have greater benefits (20 October 2021).  More...

New South Wales

Metro construction on track with new milestone
Track laying on the first rail crossing under Sydney Harbour is complete, marking a major milestone on the Metro City & Southwest project (29 October 2021).  More...

New South Wales Government boosts local economy with new housing development
The New South Wales Government has announced the construction of a $55 million residential project in West Ryde, that will deliver housing, jobs and economic activity in a time when it is needed most. Led by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation and its partners, the development will provide homes for around 285 people (28 October 2021).  More...

Taking sustainability up a notch’: New developments to be rated on construction emissions
New major developments will be scored on how carbon intensive they were to build under a planning framework being developed by the NSW government to bolster the drive towards net-zero (28 October 2021).  More...

Parliamentary hearing told real estate agents failing to warn apartment buyers of 'serious defects'
Real estate agents selling apartments in two Sydney high rise buildings found to have "serious defects" by government inspectors have been targeted in a fiery New South Wales parliamentary hearing (27 October 2021).  More...

$2.2B Ivanhoe Estate readies for stage 2 of development
Ivanhoe Estate, the biggest integrated social and affordable housing project in Australia, is getting ready for the next stage of development. Located in Macquarie Park, north-west Sydney, the Ivanhoe Estate redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s $22 billion Communities Plus building program and will deliver more than 3000 residential units (26 October 2021).  More...

Contractors called for massive New South Wales motorway extension
The Federal and New South Wales Governments have called for prequalified contractors to register their interest in delivering the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the project would deliver improved highway connections and more reliable travel times (19 October 2021).  More...

Registrations of interest called for M1 to Raymond Terrace
One of the Hunter’s biggest ever infrastructure projects is taking another step forward with registrations of interest being called from prequalified contractors to deliver the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace project (18 October 2021).  More...

Queensland

South West HHS water system upgrade in the pipeline
Hutchinson Builders has been awarded the contract to improve health facility water supply systems throughout the South West over the coming months (30 October 2021).  More...

Haughton Pipeline second stage on the way
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill announced the first tender for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline has been released, bringing the significant project closer to construction (29 October 2021).  More...

Council flags issues concerning Inland rail EIS
Toowoomba Regional Council has responded to the Inland Rail Gowrie to Helidon draft Environmental Impact Statement, flagging areas of concern. The areas flagged are groundwater, construction water, spoil management and local road connectivity, with the Council also highlighting concerns about construction timing, passenger rail and environmental and planning scheme impacts (28 October 2021).  More...

Shopping centre officially recognised for its energy efficiency
Coorparoo Square, a retail precinct located in Brisbane’s inner east, has been awarded with a 5 star NABERS Energy rating, officially making it one of Australia’s superior performing shopping centres (26 October 2021).  More...

Homes due to be resumed to make way for faster trains during Olympics
Dozens of residents will lose their homes to make way for a public transport project planned for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics (21 October 2021).  More...

Five renewable announcements in two weeks
It’s clear that Queensland is turning its eyes to the future to be a global leader in renewable energy and manufacturing. In just the past fortnight, five important announcements were made in north, central and south east Queensland, aimed at driving our renewable energy future.  More...

Victoria

Plumbing compliance certificates protect your work
The VBA is reminding consumers and practitioners about the importance of plumbing compliance certificates, especially in the event if something goes wrong. The VBA’s State Building Surveyor Andrew Cialini said compliance certificates help protect consumers against faulty workmanship (28 October 2021).  More....

Major contract awarded and new plans revealed for North East Link
The Spark consortium has signed the PPP contract, subject to financial close, that locks in a 25-year deal to build, operate and maintain the tunnels, with tolls to go back to the state (28 October 2021).  More...

Mirvac unveils the Voyager, submits plans for new tower at Yarra’s Edge
Following the successful completion of the $300 million 43-level Voyager luxury residential tower, Mirvac has submitted a revised planning application for tower 9 at its award-winning Yarra’s Edge community in Melbourne (27 October 2021).  More...

Australia’s first sustainable ‘Designed to Rent’ to be launched soon
Developer Samma Property Group has partnered with investment firm, Brightlight, to introduce a new ‘Designed to Rent’ (DTR) model, said to be the first of its kind in Australia. The partnership will see the creation of 1412 apartments across the four developments from 2022 to 2025 for over 2800 residents (28 October 2021).  More...

New property tax the wrong tax at the wrong time for Victoria
The PCA, Housing Industry Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria) and Master Builders Victoria have joined forces to oppose the Windfall Gains Tax. They said the 50 per cent tax on rezoned land follows big increases in stamp duty and land tax in the May State Budget and will make home ownership even more difficult for many Victorian families (26 October 2021).  More...

Swimming pool and spa certification extension
The Minister for Planning extends the deadline for owners to lodge certificates of pool and spa barrier compliance with their local council. The first certificate lodgement deadline will be extended from 1 November 2021 to 1 June 2022 (19 October 2021).  More...

Practice and courts

ABCB: Residential Energy Efficiency Consultation RIS now open for comment
We are now seeking comment on a CRIS providing an analysis of proposed amendments to the residential energy efficiency provisions included in stage 2 of NCC 2022 public comment draft. The CRIS will be available for comment until 7 November 2021.  More...

Adoption of NCC 2022 to be delayed
The delayed adoption will also see adjustments to key dates in the amendment cycle process for NCC 2022 to allow stakeholders time to participate. These adjusted dates include:
May – July 2021: NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft released for public consultation
May 2022: NCC 2022 Preview published at ncc.abcb.gov.au
If you have any questions regarding the delayed adoption of NCC 2022, please submit an online enquiry.

New South Wales

Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act orders register
Orders are issued by the Building Commissioner under the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020. The register is updated to 22 October 2021.  More...

Dams Safety Legislative changes come into effect 1 November
Declared dam owners are reminded that new requirements under the Dams Safety Act 2014 and Dams Safety Regulation 2019 come into effect on Monday, 1 November 2021.  More...

Guide for design practitioners and engineers
Consult Australia, Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects have joined forces to develop the Guide for design practitioners and engineers to help their members tackle the recent NSW Building Confidence reforms. There are multiple new obligations on design practitioners, engineers and building practitioners throughout the life of a building under the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (the D&BP Act) and the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 (the D&BP Regulation).

Infrastructure Grants program opens
To be eligible for funding, applications must meet eligibility conditions including, the project location, the applicant and project benefit, purpose and development status. There is also a requirement for local government applicants to match funding. Applications are open from 1 November to 22 November 2021.  More...

Queensland

QBCC reminder: Have you applied for your fire protection licence?
Extended time for some licensees to apply for new classes of fire protection licence for the following scope of work ends on 31 October 2021 (28 October 2021).  More...

Next round of QBCC reporting
26 October 2021 – it’s time to start preparing to submit the next round of QBCC Annual Reporting information. You can submit your information online via the myQBCC portal or via the dedicated QBCC form. Contracting licensees must submit Annual Reporting by the due date: 31 December 2021 – Category 1 – 7; 31 March 2022 SC1 and SC2. No need to wait for the due date, the myQBCC portal is open and accepting your submission now!

Draft State Infrastructure Strategy
The Queensland Government has released the Draft State Infrastructure Strategy and the Queensland Government Infrastructure Pipeline (QGIP).
The draft vision anticipates the State’s infrastructure needs over the next two decades and will be supported by seven regional infrastructure plans.
The QGIP is a detailed program of the Government's four-year $52.2 billion infrastructure spend and also outlines the potential future proposals currently under consideration by the Queensland Government.
Consultation on the draft strategy closed on 21 October 2021. Feedback will be used, alongside other engagement, continued research and further analysis, to inform the final strategy planned for release in early 2022.

Reminder: Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020
To advise that the commencement of section 125A of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 has been postponed. As a result of the regulation, section 125A will not commence until late July 2022.  More...

QBCC reminder: Extension to PI insurance cladding exemption
The Building (Professional Indemnity Insurance) Amendment Regulation 2020 commenced on 18 September 2020, giving effect to the extension of the external cladding exclusion. Now, certifiers can continue to obtain a licence to operate with PI insurance containing exclusions in relation to non-compliant external cladding until 30 June 2022.  More...

Build-to-Rent update – approved projects
The Queensland Government has approved two Brisbane-based affordable housing projects by developers following a Request for Detailed Proposals from shortlisted applicants from the Expression of Interest Phase of the Pilot Project. It is anticipated construction will commence mid-2021 following the finalisation of designs for the projects, with operations expected to commence in 2023.  More...

Victoria

VBA: Plumbing compliance certificates protect your work
When plumbing work, including labour, materials, appliances and fixtures, is valued at $750 or more, plumbers must issue their customers a signed compliance certificate within five days of completing the work. The VBA has an online consumer resource portal with information for anyone who experiences issues with builders or plumbers.
To find a licensed or registered practitioner, visit: vba.vic.gov.au/tools/find-practitioner (28 October 2021).

VBA: Revised AS/NZS plumbing standards – transition period
The VBA has applied a transition period for plumbers to familiarise themselves with revised AS/NZS standards, before they need to be applied to plumbing practices on 1 September 2022.  More...

VBA: Carpenters selected for first stage of trades registration
Carpenters will be the first group of trades registered under Victoria’s recently developed trades registration framework. Provisional registration and licensing for carpenters is expected to commence in mid-2021. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, refer to the Engage Victoria website.

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