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  • New psychological health report on Australian workplaces

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    New report identifies psychological health in Australian workplaces

    Safe Work Australia has published new information identifying trends in psychological health in workplaces. The Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace report highlights the changing impact of work-... more

  • Demand growth in India expected to exceed China and Australia

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    Building material demand in India to exceed China and Australia

    According to a recent analysis by financial services provider Moody's Corporation, India's demand for building materials is expected to rise in the years to come as the country experiences rapid economic expans... more

  • Solution to Australia’s skills shortage officially launched

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    New entity to address Australia’s construction skills shortage

    A new entity established by the Australian government to tackle the national skills shortage in the built environment sector was formally launched this week by Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Conno... more

  • Employer gender pay gaps officially revealed for the first time

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    Unprecedented employer gender pay gap data released

    The Australian government is taking action to improve workplace gender equality, with the gender pay gaps for nearly 5,000 Australian private sector employers being published for the first time. It comes aft... more

  • New report identifies psychological health in Australian workplaces
  • Building material demand in India to exceed China and Australia
  • New entity to address Australia’s construction skills shortage
  • Unprecedented employer gender pay gap data released
RMIT’s new 3D printed titanium structure displays supernatural strength

RMIT’s new 3D-printed titanium structure displays supernatural strength

Using regular titanium alloy, RMIT University researchers have produced a novel metamaterial—a word used to characterise an artificial material with special qualities not found in nature. The strength-to-weight ratio of this 3D-printed "metamaterial" is unparalleled in nature and manufacturing, and it has the potential to transform the production of anything from aircraft parts to medical implants. The material features a unique lattice structure design, and tests have revealed that its shape makes it 50 per cent stronger than the next strongest allow of similar density used in aerospace applications. Th... more
NSW govt considers penalties for workplace manslaughter

NSW govt considers penalties for industrial manslaughter

The NSW government is considering $18 million in fines and lengthy prison sentences for employers responsible for industrial manslaughter. Last year, the state government announced it would introduce an industrial manslaughter offence. The proposed tough measures are contained in a consultation paper as the NSW government invites feedback on how to best introduce the new laws and which elements will make up the offence. Industrial manslaughter laws will allow for a business or individual to be held responsible for the death of a person due to negligent or reckless behaviour in the workplace. NSW Mini... more
Why Construction Investing Should Focus on Innovation

Why construction investing should focus on innovation

In construction and architecture, traditional investment has always focused on cost efficiency, meeting deadlines and maintaining high-quality standards. Yet, investing in innovation has become paramount as the industry faces new global challenges and opportunities. Innovations in construction offer benefits and are essential for the industry's evolution, ensuring projects meet modern demands for sustainability and efficiency. Embracing innovative practices is necessary for construction and architecture to thrive. The Need for Innovation in Construction As client needs evolve and environmental standards... more
Developing a high-speed rail network in Australia: An engineer’s perspective

Developing a high-speed rail network in Australia: An engineer’s perspective

Australia is a vast and diverse continent that has long relied on air and road travel for its transportation needs. However, with the population rapidly growing along the seaboard, there is an increased urgency to offer alternative modes of transport. This growth, combined with growing concerns over environmental sustainability, economic efficiency, and connectivity, underscores the country's urgent need to explore alternative transportation options. Enter the concept of high-speed rail (HSR) — a solution uniquely suited to Australia's expansive distances and unique topography. HSR's ability to efficiently ... more
New resource showcases WA’s major infrastructure projects

New resource showcases WA’s major infrastructure projects

The WA government has launched a new resource — an online dashboard featuring $8.7 billion worth of public works — to assist Western Australia's construction industry plan and prepare to bid for government tenders. The Pipeline of Works interactive dashboard features current and planned non-residential building and other infrastructure projects, many of which are managed by the Department of Finance and form a key part of the state government's unprecedented $43.9 billion Asset Investment Program. WA Treasurer Rita Saffioti stated: “This dashboard will be a key tool in helping these local companies t... more
WA government to develop new greening strategy for Perth

WA government to develop new greening strategy for Perth

The WA government is developing a new ‘Urban Greening Strategy’ to promote and enhance tree canopy and greening across the Perth and Peel region. The new strategy will complement the 'Western Australian Climate Policy' and 'Climate Adaptation Strategy', seeking to improve the resilience of the state's cities and regions, with key stakeholder and community input anticipated to commence in mid-2024. The Urban Greening Strategy will take a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to ensure new initiatives are coordinated and complement any existing greening programs, such as the WA government's $3.75 million 'U... more
Subcontractors ensured payment protection in WA

Subcontractors ensured payment protection in WA

The final stage of the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 recently commenced, completing a three-year commitment to implement payment protections across the contracting chain in the event of an upstream insolvency. This ensures that subcontractors receive payments on time for their work in the building and construction sector. WA Commerce Minister Sue Ellery said: “After years of uncertainty, these modernised and efficient securities of payment protections will provide peace of mind for industry participants.” Protections introduced so far have included: more st... more