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  • Deakin expert: Government’s infrastructure cost ‘almost a coin toss’

    An infrastructure expert from Deakin University has warned that governments must do more to prevent cost blowouts before any new major public infrastructure projects commence in Australia. Dr Dominic Ahiaga... more
  • BDAV to trade under new name – Design Matters

    The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV), a peak industry body which represents building design professionals and has over 2,000 members, has officially launched a new name and complete rebrand to ... more
  • Rapid growth poses infrastructure challenges, Infrastructure Australia report warns

    A new wave of investment and reform is needed to ensure Australia’s infrastructure continues to support our quality of life and economic productivity over the next 15 years, according to Infrastructure Austra... more
  • 2020 South Pacific Passive House Conference to be held in Sydney

    The Australian Passive House Association has revealed the dates and location for the 2020 South Pacific Passive House Conference. Co-hosted by the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) and the Passive ... more

Winners of 2019 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards revealed

Some of South East Queensland’s most innovative and exciting construction projects, and the outstanding people behind them, have been recognised at the 2019 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards. Presented by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), in partnership with Event Partner Tradelink, this year’s presentation dinner was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 19 July. 570 attendees came together to celebrate a milestone 20 years of recognising the exceptional achievements made by plumbing and gas individuals and companies. There were 77 nominations across 18 a... more

Building industry to revolutionise the way it designs and builds

A $28 million funding bid, through the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program, has the potential to boost the economy through job creation and position Australia as a leader in advanced manufacturing of buildings. The bid was led by Monash University, Lendlease, The University of Melbourne and Donovan Group. If successful, the Building 4.0 CRC research initiative would use digital solutions to transform Australia’s building industry from pre-industrial practices to a future where the customer is at the centre of each building experience, and buildings are built faster, cheaper and s... more

Australian architects declare climate emergency

Renowned architecture firms from all over the nation have declared a 'climate and biodiversity emergency'. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part in the twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss - accounting for nearly 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions whilst also having a significant impact on natural habitats. It is an issue with relevance to everyone working in the industry. Many believe that meeting the needs of society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in behaviour, for which the research and technology... more

Updated State Infrastructure Plan released by Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has released the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) 2019 Update, highlighting the lowest infrastructure underspend in a decade, the second-highest pipeline of public and private infrastructure projects in the country, and the facilitation of significant private investment throughout Queensland. The annual SIP update outlines the jobs, projects and investment opportunities being delivered by the Queensland Government. “Our key priority is to create and support jobs for Queenslanders,” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, told a ... more

$70M funding up for grabs for QLD infrastructure projects

The Queensland Government’s $365 million Building our Region’s (BoR) program has entered its next phase, with details of the $70 million Round 5 now available. Regional Queensland councils will have four weeks from Monday 5 August until Friday 30 August 2019 to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for shovel-ready projects. Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Cameron Dick, said regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs, and more jobs means a stronger Queensland. “That’s why our government committed another $70 million towards BoR in the 2019-20 state budget, b... more

Australian construction industry is undergoing a technical transformation

The Australian construction industry is undergoing a technical transformation, creating a new and dynamic space with many construction companies emerging as fast movers - pioneering the use of technology as they drive efficiencies, motivate growth and improve safety. To better understand how technology is being utilised in Australian construction companies, construction project management software company, Procore Technologies, and market research specialists, ACA Research, conducted industry-wide research to track the adoption and use of technology in the sector. The new findings from an annual ‘benchma... more

Calls for stricter independent compliance schemes to ensure public safety

With Australia’s construction industry regulatory environment reaching a crucial tipping point, the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) has called on Government and Industry to work together to implement  viable, cost-effective solutions. ASI Interim Chief Executive, Phil Casey, believes that an independent, third-party certification of safety critical construction products is a necessary component of the total solution to the building construction problems in Australia. “In the current international procurement environment, the ASI is calling for stricter implementation and enforcement of existing indep... more