In the media

Subcontractor allegedly told it needed an EA with the CFMEU to work “in the city”
Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has launched legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), a CFMEU official, a building company and three of its employees for allegedly trying to coerce a subcontractor into signing an enterprise agreement with the CFMEU (12 September 2014). More...

World Green Building Council joins Australia’s CRCLCL in a step towards ‘low’ to ‘no’ carbon cities
The World Green Building Council (World GBC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) in a bid to create a global definition of ‘low’ and ‘no’ carbon cities (10 September 2014).  More...

Building Industry Backs Findings of Independent 457 Review: Master Builders Australia
The building and construction industry welcomes the Minister for Immigration’s support for a more efficient and flexible 457 visa skilled migration program based on the report of the Independent Review Panel’s Report into the 457 program. The Report’s findings and recommendations will position the Government to achieve a more balanced 457 program to help unlock investment in the construction industry (10 September 2014).  More...

FWBC investigates five NSW businesses for coercing sub-contractors
Five NSW building companies are under investigation for alleged coercion, including two firms that terminated contracts with sub-contractors as a result of union pressure. The federal building industry regulator, Fair Work Building and Construction, is investigating allegations the two companies later awarded contracts to union-preferred sub-contractors.  More...

Mining tax repeal: Superannuation changes to leave Australians 'demonstrably worse off
Australian workers will be "demonstrably worse off" under the Federal Government's deal to scrap the mining tax, the superannuation industry says, because of the removal of the low income earners super contribution. The Government announced increases to super contributions put on hold until 2021 (03 September 2014).  More...

Construction union facing six-figure fine for illegally entering Adelaide building site
A construction union is facing the prospect of a six-figure fine after its officials forced their way onto an Adelaide CBD work site (03  September 2014).  More...

Great Barrier Reef: Senate report urges 'cap or ban' dredge spoil dumping inside marine park
A bipartisan Senate committee has called for an immediate halt on approvals for dumping dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The committee's report, tabled in Parliament recommended Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt examine placing a cap or a ban on further dredge spoil dumping within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (03 September 2014). More...

Construction Boom Won’t Save Australian Economy: BIS
The current boom in housing construction and a likely uptick in commercial building and infrastructure investment are unlikely to save the Australian economy from its weakest four year period of domestic activity since the 1990s recession, a new forecast says (03 September 2014).  More...

Fresh start for Infrastructure Australia—Chair welcomes new Board and new Act
A new Infrastructure Australia board has been announced as the authority transitions to an independent statutory body. The new board is the first step in advancing the authority's work following the proclamation of the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2014(02 September 2014).  More...

Royal Commission into Home Insulation Program report details 'litany of failures'
The findings of the royal commission into the Rudd Labor government's home insulation program are "grave" and detail a "litany of failures", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. The royal commission's final report was today handed down by commissioner Ian Hanger QC and delivered to the Governor-General.  (01 September 2014).  More...  More...

New South Wales

Housing construction industry works together to improve safety
A WorkCover NSW program that sees medium and large construction businesses help a small business improve safety has been launched.  To qualify as a mentee, builders, or any carpenters or plasterers they subcontract to, must employ less than 20 full-time workers and build less than 12 single or double-storey houses a year (10 September 2014).  More...

NSW Government to Review Building Certification Laws 
Assistant Minister for Planning Rob Stokes today announced the appointment of former NSW Treasury Secretary, Michael Lambert, to review the Building Professionals Act 2005 and continue to reform the NSW planning system(12 September 2014).  More...

Olympic legacy bridge Sydney’s first privately funded public project
Construction activity has begun on the delivery of the first privately funded bridge in Sydney, the Homebush Bay Bridge – a $60 million privately-funded public project that illustrates how private and public sectors can come together and collaborate for the greater good of the public (09 September 2014).  More...

Queensland

Building & Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill Passed
Following several months of consultation and debate the Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014 was passed on 11 September 2014. Parliament. Three key reforms have been made to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (QLD) (12 September 2014).  More...

State provides prime land for affordable housing
Brisbane families in need of affordable housing will benefit from a new $13 million apartment complex being built on government land at Lutwyche (11 September 2014).  More...

Strong 'off the plan' reforms for buyers and builders
Families buying a new home will be better protected and Queensland's construction industry will continue to be revitalised under legislation reforms in the Land Sales and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 passed in Parliament this week (10 September 2014).  More...

InfrastructureQ cements the State's infrastructure agenda
A key milestone in the Queensland Government's plan to deliver better infrastructure has been achieved with the release of the InfrastructureQ Directions Statement, the first step in defining a new approach towards planning, prioritising and delivering infrastructure in the future (10 September 2014).  More...

Hundreds more jobs flow from Games venue construction
More than 500 jobs will be created from the construction and upgrade of two showcase sporting facilities for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with construction company Hansen Yuncken has been appointed contractor for the new $40 million Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre project and the $114 million Carrara Sports Precinct project (06 September 2014).  More...

Victoria

Construction starts on major Tullamarine freight hub at Melbourne Airport
Victoria’s position as a freight and logistics hub was strengthened today with the start of construction on TNT’s largest logistics hub (08 September 2014).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Hazelwood mine fire inquiry report: 2014
Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry: Government of Victoria; 3 September 2014.  This report is the culmination of a five-month inquiry into the circumstances of the Hazelwood mine fire. It is impossible to quantify the cost of the Hazelwood mine fire, but the Board estimates the total cost borne by the Victorian Government, the local community and the operator of the Hazelwood mine, GDF Suez, exceeds $100 million.  More...

Report of the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program
Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program handed down by commissioner Ian Hanger QC, and delivered to the Governor-General. This outlines seven significant failings in the design and implementation of the program, including the speed of the rollout and a failure to identify the risk to installers (01 September 2014).  More...

Keynote Address at the Project Management Institute Conference, September 2014
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, 09 September 2014.  More...

Partnerships 2014: IPA Infrastructure and Investment Conference, September 2014
Speech delivered by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, at the Conference, 12 September 2014.  More...

Practice and courts

National: Advisory Note ABCB regarding Slip Resistance,01 September 2014
A National Advisory Note is now available from the ABCB for your information.  More...

Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC): ‘Procurement of Construction Products, A guide to achieving compliance
The guide will assist procurers identify conforming construction products and help prevent products being sold on an unsuspecting market. The guide is intended to assist businesses in construction industry supply chains to understand Australian regulatory and product requirements when placing construction products on the market and when specifying and installing these product (01 September 2014).  More...

NSW: Recent changes to accreditation scheme
Changes to the Building Professionals Board accreditation scheme came into effect on 15 August 2014. If you are already accredited but want to change your accreditation category or conditions, see details here (09 September 2014).  More...

NSW: Building Professionals Act review
NSW Government to review building certification laws. Former NSW Treasury Secretary, Michael Lambert has been appointed to review the Building Professionals Act 2005 and continue to reform the NSW planning system. More information will be available soon on this website (12 September 2014). More...

Major Projects Conference 2014,18 September, Brisbane Convention Centre
The conference will provide insights about current and future infrastructure projects that are under study, committed or under construction, discussing industry trends and outlining government initiatives.  More...  More...

VIC: Architects Regulations 2004 – sunset review
02 September 2 2014: The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI), in collaboration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, is commencing engagement with stakeholders as part of the review of the Architects Regulations 2004.  More...

Cases

Queensland Building Services Authority v Samimi & Anor [2014] QDC 198
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – BUILDERS – STATUTORY INSURANCE SCHEME – where the plaintiff paid claims in respect of incomplete and defective building work carried out by the defendant – where the plaintiff commenced proceedings against the defendant to recover those amounts as a debt pursuant to ss 71(1) and 111C of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 (Qld) – where the plaintiff seeks summary judgment – whether the defendant has no real prospect of successfully defending all or part of the plaintiff’s claim.  More...

Australia's Residential Builder Pty Ltd v Wiederstein [2014] VSC 430
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE — Freezing order — Search and seizure order — Warrant — No point of principle — Corporations Act 2001, ss 530A–530C — Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005, rr 37A.05(1)(b)(i), 37A.05(4)(b)(ii), 37B.03(1), 37B.06.  More...

Legislation

Commonwealth

Acts

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Act No 96 of 2014
An Act to amend the law relating to taxation, superannuation, social security and family assistance, and for other purposes ( 09 September 2014)  Date of Assent  05 September 2014.  More...  More...

Bills

Queensland

Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014
Introduced on 21/05/2014 Stage reached: PASSED with amendment on 11/09/2014 Exp Note.  Three key reforms have been made to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004):  

  • the establishment of a single adjudication registry within the QBCC
  • the Bill also includes a provision of additional information
  • timeframes for Claimants and Respondents.  More...
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