In the media – National

New plan for high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney
It has been talked about for decades, but a private company is launching a $200 billion plan to build a high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney (14 July 2016).  More...

NBN signs off on HFC construction deals
Lend Lease and Downer are among six companies awarded construction contracts by the company building the national broadband network for the upgrade of the cable television and internet assets Telstra sold the government's NBN in 2014 (13 July 2016).  More...

Australia's most dangerous jobs ranked according to fatalities and injuries
Vehicle-related incidents remain the biggest killer in Australian workplace incidents, with road freight transport alone killing 423 workers in the 2003-2014 period, and the construction industry came in third on the list of most dangerous jobs (12 July 2016).  More...

Innovative built environment projects score millions in CRC grants
Research projects involving printed solar film for building products, innovative prefabricated building systems and multi-storey timber housing technology have shared in $22.6 million of federal funding delivered through the Cooperative Research Centres Program (07 July 2016).  More...

Productivity gets a boost with new Policies
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. New Boosting Construction Productivity Policy Paper outlines the biggest issues and the solutions that the industry wants to see implemented to overcome them (07 July 2016).  More (ACIF News)...  More (ACIF Policy Paper)...

Australia's construction sector roared back to life in June
Almost out of nowhere, Australia's construction sector is back, expanding strongly in June, according to the latest Performance of Construction Index (PCI) released by the Ai Group earlier today. The PCI jumped to 53.2, up 6.5 points (06 July 2016).  More...

In the media – Victoria

Rising uncertainty dogs industry
Victorian business sentiment has held steady despite rising concerns about debt financing and residential construction activity during the September 2016 quarter according to the latest ANZ/Property Council Survey (14 July 2016).  More...

International ‘Starchitect’ Zaha Hadid to grace skyline
A new $300 million tower on Collins Street designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid has been given the green light by the Andrews Labor Government (11 July 2016).  More...

In the media – New South Wales

Rising up: Sydney to increase number and height of CBD buildings
A plan to increase the number and height of buildings in the heart of Sydney is on the table.  The City of Sydney’s new Central Sydney Planning Strategy includes plans to increase building height restrictions for pockets of the CBD to encourage intensified development of tall buildings (1 July 2016).  More...

In the media – Queensland

Queensland demands tougher asbestos controls from Commonwealth
Queensland is calling on the Commonwealth to step up its efforts to prevent the importation of asbestos containing materials into the country (13 July 2016).  More...

$3.5 million research centre for high-rise timber construction opens in QLD
A new research centre has opened at the University of Queensland to develop the use of timber in high-rise construction. The primary objective of the Centre for Future Timber Structures is to engineer new timber building products, deliver tall timber buildings and transform Queensland’s timber industry in the process (13 July 2016).  More...

Warning sign for governments in approvals data
The risk from new taxes on foreign investment is clear from official new data that shows building approvals have passed their peak, according to the Property Council. The ABS data on building approvals for May 2016 shows a 9.1 percent annual fall, in seasonally adjusted terms – and the bulk of states declining (04 July 2016).  More...


Australian Infrastructure Metric March 2016
The March 2016 quarter saw a collapse in civil construction work won; brought down by record low contract signings across non-mining sectors (July 2016).  More...

In practice and courts

2016 Major Project Series launch in Brisbane
On 12 July for the launch of the Department of State Development launches the 2016 Major Projects Series. With guest speakers from The Star Entertainment Group, hear first-hand about how Queensland businesses can access new markets and opportunities for the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.

Changes to your obligations under the Building Act - are you ready
The Victorian Government has made changes to the VBA's powers and functions under the Building Act 1993 effective from 04 July 2016. Further changes will be introduced in stages until July 2017.  More...


Rakic v Johns Lyng Insurance Building Solutions (Victoria) Pty Ltd (Trustee) (No 2) [2016] FCA 783
COSTS – claim commenced April 2014 – in August 2014 applicant made offer of settlement under Pt 25 Federal Court Rules– applicant amended statement of claim in July 2015 – proceeding ultimately involved claim under Australian Consumer Law, debt claim, and seeking of declaration in relation to a novated lease – applicant succeeded in relation to ACL claim, failed in relation to lease issue, and succeeded in debt claim but on basis not advanced by her – consideration of apportionment of costs of particular claims – applicant denied 10 per cent of costs due to failure on lease issue and due to having not advanced correct argument in debt claim – indemnity costs – consideration and discussion of whether and when amendment of claim provides proper basis for departure from r 25.14(3) – amendment of claim did not provide proper basis – indemnity costs awarded from August 2014.

Armour Energy Limited v. AEGP Australia Pty Ltd [2016] QSC 153
CONTRACTS  – GENERAL CONTRACTUAL PRINCIPLES – CONSTRUCTION AND INTERPRETATION OF CONTRACTS  – INTERPRETATION OF MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS AND OTHER MATTERS – where the plaintiff agreed to sell to the defendant a 75 per cent interest in petroleum exploration permits and permit applications that it held – where the main dispute between the parties was whether the conditions precedent to that agreement had been satisfied – where the agreement incorporated, by reference, a number of native title agreements – whether the proceedings were properly constituted to involve construction of the native title agreements – whether, construed objectively, the sale agreement required the signatures of all relevant native title parties to a deed of assignment and assumption – whether, alternatively, the native title parties had agreed to a novation of the native title agreements such that execution by the Northern Land Council of the deed was sufficient to fulfil the relevant condition precedent. 


Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure (Disclosure Affected Buildings) Determination 2016
This determination specifies types of buildings and areas of buildings that are disclosure affected. It outlines key considerations to determine whether or not a building or area of a building is disclosure affected. The Determination also lowers the mandatory disclosure threshold and amends the definition of "major refurbishment" (04 July 2016). 



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