In the media – National

Infrastructure Australia's Annual Report 2016-17
Infrastructure Australia has published its 2016–17 Annual Report to Parliament, detailing a year of strong delivery against our mandate to guide nationally-significant infrastructure investment and reform (20 October 2017).  More...

PCA: Industry welcomes launch of new carbon offset standards for buildings and precincts
The launch by the Minister for the Environment and Energy of new voluntary industry standards to manage greenhouse emissions is a positive step towards measuring, reducing, offsetting, and reporting emissions. Contributing 23% of all our national emissions, the built environment offers enormous opportunities for Australia to make progress in meeting our international obligations and reducing emissions (12 October 2017).  More...

In the media – Victoria

Metro Tunnel to transform CBD as demolition continues
The Metro Tunnel is transforming Melbourne, with new stations breathing new life into parts of Melbourne’s CBD, with the demolition of CBD buildings is expected to be completed in March next year. The $11 billion project will create nearly 7,000 jobs and is one of 80 public projects with strict local content requirements to ensure local workers and businesses get their fair share of the work (19 October 2017).  More...

New Public Private Partnership model in Victoria
The Victorian Government has received bids from consortia for an “Australian first” Public Private Partnership (PPP); watched closely by other jurisdictions in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific who are keen to examine the outcome for appropriate risk transfer and value for money (18 October 2017).  More...

In the media – New South Wales

First stage of the F6 extension moving ahead
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey today announced the NSW Government is moving ahead with planning and project development for the first section of the F6 extension (17 October 2017).  More...  

New world class wharves for Cockle Bay
Works have commenced on the $15 million renewal of the world class wharves and jetties at Cockle Bay that will include a floating public wharf and 330 metre boardwalk. Following an open tender process, construction firm Waterways Constructions will undertake the renewal works, with the majority of construction to take place from the waterside in order to minimise impact on visitors and businesses (16 October 2017).  More...

In the media – Queensland

Turnbull Government must turn on funding tap for Queensland water projects
The Palaszczuk Government has put $12.5 million on the table to help fund a vital water project in the Burdekin that could deal with long term salinity problems (20 October 2017).  More...

Funding for solar project in Queensland
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced $18 million in funding for the $160 million Kennedy Park wind, solar and battery project, based in North Queensland (19 October 2017).  More...

Labor will deliver subcontractor protections with LNP now for it and against it
The Palaszczuk Government has reaffirmed its commitment to deliver protection for subcontractors from builder collapses and delayed payments. Independent analysis by Deloitte showed that reform would lead to $6.42 billion in extra economic activity over the next twenty years and support an extra 1089 jobs per year (13 October 2017).  More...

M1 Pacific Motorway—Gateway Merge charges ahead
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway. The M1 Pacific Motorway—Gateway Motorway Merge project which is expected to cost between $170 million—$196 million is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Governments (11 October 2017).  More...


Australian Infrastructure Investment Report 2017
IPA Major Report: 12 October 2017
The 2017 Australian Infrastructure Investment Report shows continuing appetite and focus on infrastructure opportunities – but shows with clarity that Australia’s solid reputation as an infrastructure investment destination is being eroded, as investors take stock of increasingly unpredictable political interventions, perpetrated by national and state governments.  More...

Practice and courts

Infrastructure Australia: Infrastructure Priority List: Call for Submissions
Infrastructure Australia is calling on Australian governments and industry leaders to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance as part of its 2018 Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update. The revised IPL is due for publication in February 2018. The submission period will close on 27 October 2017.  More...

ABCC Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016
The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 applies to companies who wish to undertake Commonwealth-funded building work. Building industry participants covered by agreements made prior 2 December 2016 have until 29 November 2018 to ensure their agreements are Code compliant.


Certification of adjudication applications open
The Certificate in Adjudication course for those QLS members who wish to become adjudicators under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) will be held on 12, 13 and 14 February 2018. Application forms may be downloaded here or on the QBCC website.


Dino Dinov v Allianz Australia Insurance Limited [2017] NSWCA 270
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – where insurer issued builders’ home warranty insurance indemnifying owner against risk of being unable to have builder rectify or compensate for defective building work – where directors of builder indemnified insurer against that liability – whether action under indemnities statute barred by s 109ZK of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – whether action to enforce the indemnity is a “building action” as defined by that Act.  

Damm v Coastwide Site Services Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1361
CIVIL PROCEDURE – consent judgment – application to set aside – whether entered in bad faith – whether entitlement to be heard CIVIL PROCEDURE – consent judgment – absolution of defendant’s liability to other defendant’s in cross-claim CIVIL PROCEDURE – right to be heard – party affected by order or judgment SUPREME COURT – general jurisdiction under s 23 Supreme Court Act – whether permits setting aside of judgment otherwise prohibited by Uniform Civil Procedure Rules.
At the site, the plaintiff worked for Coastwide Site Services Pty Ltd (Coastwide), the first defendant. The site is alleged to have been under the control and supervision of Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd as the principal contractor (Leightons). Whilst on the site and working for Coastwide, the plaintiff was subject to the supervision and direction of Mr Steve Boyd, an employee of Hauv’s Rigging Pty Ltd (Hauv’s Rigging). On 27 August 2014, the plaintiff commenced proceedings against Coastwide claiming damages for personal injury. 

Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd v Arup Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 232
PROCEDURE – SUPREME COURT – QUEENSLAND – PROCEDURE UNDER UNIFORM CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES AND PREDECESSORS – AMENDMENT – where the plaintiff amends its statement of claim – where the defendant submits the amendments introduce a new cause of action in negligence which is statute-barred – where the plaintiff disputes this but applies for leave (if required) to amend pursuant to r 376 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) – whether the amendments include a new cause of action – whether any new cause of action arises out of substantially the same facts as the existing cause of action – whether it is appropriate to allow the amendments – expansion of the apron and taxiway of the northern concourse of the Brisbane International Terminal (Northern Apron Expansion (NAE) project – negligence in relation to design.



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