In the media – National

Latest Figures: Public Infrastructure to rebound by $7.2 billion – eclipses mining infrastructure
The latest forecasts show Australia set to enjoy a $7.3 billion surge in transport and utilities infrastructure – the strongest growth in nearly a decade, and sees overall construction activity set to expand for the first time in four years – according to the latest Australian Infrastructure Metric from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Oxford Economics (21 September 2017).  More...

Sustainable cities? Australia’s building and planning rules stand in the way of getting there
A newly released review of building and land-use planning policies around Australia has found New South Wales is the only state without serious gaps in legislation and enforcement. Research shows a large percentage of new dwellings in Australia fail to meet even minimum building requirements when checked after construction (21 September 2017).  More...

Insurers push architects for answers over past cladding installs
Architecture firms are being forced to audit their own past building projects, thanks to insurers threatening to withdraw insurance cover after the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London and the 2014 Lacrosse apartments blaze in Melbourne. Campbell Fuller from the Insurance Council of Australia said that some insurers will refuse to cover buildings and apartments covered in potentially flammable cladding materials (20 September 2017).  More...

Critical skills identified for completing complex projects
McKinsey Australia has released a report addressing the critical skills project owners need to successfully complete complex projects exceeding $5 billion in value (20 September 2017).  More...

New South Wales

Investigation of Griffith City Council as a certifying authority
The Building Professionals Board recently completed an investigation of Griffith City Council in its capacity as a certifying authority. In accordance with section 45(8) of the Building Professionals Act 2005, the Board’s final investigation report has been published on this website (21 September 2017).  More...  (Report) More...


Palaszczuk Government to seek national PE cladding ban
The Palaszczuk Government will push for a national ban on polyethylene (PE) core aluminium composite panels when Queensland hosts the nation Building Minister’s Forum in two weeks’ time (22 September 2017).  More...

Port of Gladstone draft master plan proposal
The Queensland Government has identified Gladstone Ports Corporations’ (GPC) Port of Gladstone as one of four priority ports in the state, and it is the first to have a draft master plan prepared. The draft master plan has been developed by the Queensland Government in consultation with GPC and Gladstone Regional Council, and is currently out for public consultation (15 September 2017).  More...


Greener buildings help hospitals save millions on energy
The Andrews Labor Government is boosting solar power supplies and energy efficiency at hospitals and regional health services across Victoria, to drive down energy costs. Minister for Finance Robin Scott and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today toured Frankston Hospital to announce $26 million in funding through the Greener Government Buildings program (22 September 2017).  More...

EastLink awarded top five star sustainability rating
Melbourne’s EastLink has been awarded a top five star sustainability rating for the second consecutive year by the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment. The internationally recognised GRESB Infrastructure Assessment covers the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of 160 infrastructure assets located around the world (15 September 2017).  More...

Record $32.8bn building work in Victoria in 2016-17
The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). Click here to read more (14 September 2017).  More...


AIBS policy - building regulatory reform in Australia
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors: 22 September 2017
The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) has released a new policy, outlining the key components required to modernise and harmonise Australia’s building regulations.  More...

ACI Construction Briefs
A fortnightly communication highlighting key updates related to Australia's construction industry.
11 September 2017: ACI Construction Brief: China’s Debts Cast a Shadow

Construction Journal September-October 2017
In this issue of the Construction Journal, we highlight new developments in international standards, namely, the publication of the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS). Launched in Vancouver in July, the ICMS aim to enable global comparison of project costing, improve investor confidence and attract more private-sector funding, while enhancing collaborative working. 

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. Proponents can make a submission via the Infrastructure Priority List—Call for submissions page.

Economics References Committee Inquiries
Operations of existing and proposed toll roads in Australia
Governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

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.

New South Wales

Building System Circulars: Building fire safety regulation new and changed requirements
The purpose of this circular is to inform certifiers, councils, industry practitioners, and affected building owners of new and changed fire safety regulation requirements that will soon apply in NSW (from 1 October 2017). 
BS 17-002


Cross River Rail Project: Registrations for Expressions of Interest - Tunnel, Stations and Development
Issued by Cross River Rail Delivery Authority - UNSPSC: Infrastructure construction - (100%).  More...


Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd v Majella Towers One Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 202
CONTRACTS – BUILDING, ENGINEERING AND RELATED CONTRACTS – GENERALLY – whether moneys due and payable – whether recourse may be had to a bank guarantee – consideration of Martinek Holdings Pty Ltd v Reed Construction (Qld) Pty Ltd – where final certificate is subject to notice of dispute – where notice of dispute relates to the entirety of the subject of the final certificate.



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