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  • World Architecture Festival announces WAFX 2024 award winners

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    World Architecture Festival announces WAFX 2024 award winners

    The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has unveiled the winners of its WAFX 2024 Awards, recognising over 30 future projects that address major architectural challenges facing society and the planet. The WAFX... more

  • CFMEU faces multiple investigations amid criminal infiltration allegations

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    CFMEU faces multiple investigations amid criminal infiltration allegations

    The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is under intense scrutiny following explosive allegations of criminal gang infiltration and misconduct. The claims, which emerged from a ... more

  • Hobart unveils new Transit Corridor Growth Strategy

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    Hobart unveils new Transit Corridor Growth Strategy

    The Tasmanian government has released the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor (NSTC) Growth Strategy, a comprehensive plan to guide future development along Hobart's key residential growth corridor. This strat... more

  • WA govt invests $52.3m to boost construction apprenticeships

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    SA boosts building industry support with $1.1m investment

    The South Australian government has announced a $1.1 million investment over the next two years to enhance support for consumers and the building industry in managing complaints. This funding boost comes as ... more

  • World Architecture Festival announces WAFX 2024 award winners
NSW govt invests in Women in Construction Program

NAWIC NSW awards Prestigious Women’s Leadership Scholarship to UTS Academic

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW has awarded its 2024 Executive Women's Leadership Scholarship to Jua Cilliers, Head of the School of Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). This $30,000 scholarship, established in 2022, is Australia's most generous for women in property and construction. NAWIC NSW President Georgia Coulston emphasised the scholarship's purpose: "We designed this scholarship to help the next generation of female leaders build the business acumen and skills they need to catapult into positions where they can drive change." Coulston pra... more
Leading Australian architecture firm rebrands as Studio.SC, Embracing 'New Dimensions'

Leading Australian architecture firm rebrands as Studio.SC

Scott Carver, a prominent Australian architecture practice with over 40 years of history, has unveiled its rebrand as Studio.SC. The new identity is defined by the mantra "thinking in new dimensions", signalling a fresh era of creativity, growth, and design excellence for the firm. The rebranding effort aims to highlight Studio.SC's broad cross-sector expertise engages clients, staff, and future talent. The firm's portfolio spans diverse projects, including cultural works like the Sydney Opera House renewal and the Australian War Memorial's new Southern Entrance, as well as commercial developments such ... more
Property industry confidence plummets amid state budget and interest rate concerns

Property industry confidence plummets amid budget and interest rate concerns

Property industry confidence across Australia has taken a significant hit, with Victoria falling into negative territory for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Procore/Property Council Survey. The survey, which polled 532 Property Council of Australia members, revealed a sharp decline in industry confidence nationwide, with the Confidence Index dropping 14 points to 106 on a national level. Mike Zorbas, Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, expressed concern over the steep drop in confidence across the property sector, which is Australia's largest source of ... more
Enhancing construction productivity: ACA's vision for a data-driven future

Enhancing construction productivity: ACA’s vision for a data-driven future

The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has released the final discussion paper in its Foundations and Frontiers series, focusing on enhancing productivity in the construction industry through smarter data utilisation and practical metrics. Titled Data-rich future, the paper addresses the well-documented stagnation of construction productivity growth in Australia, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ACA CEO Jon Davies emphasised that while current productivity metrics are complex and often inaccessible, this paper envisions a future where easily understandable measures can be used to ... more
Retirement villages offer affordable housing amid market crunch

Retirement villages offer affordable housing amid market crunch

Fresh data from the 2023 PwC-Property Council Retirement Census has revealed that retirement villages are providing a significantly more affordable housing option for older Australians compared to the traditional housing market. The census shows that a two-bedroom unit in a retirement village is, on average, 43 per cent cheaper than the median house price in the same postcode. The average cost for a retirement village unit stands at $559,000, compared to $986,000 for median house prices in the same areas. Daniel Gannon, Executive Director of the Retirement Living Council (RLC), emphasised the crucial ro... more
Apprenticeship decline threatens construction industry's future

Apprenticeship decline threatens construction industry’s future

New data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research reveals a significant decline in building and construction apprenticeship commencements, with a 22 per cent drop in the year to December 2023. Only 41,935 individuals began building and construction-related apprenticeships in 2023, compared to 54,035 the previous year. In response to this concerning trend, Master Builders Australia is releasing a new report titled "Future of the workforce: apprentices in building and construction." The report outlines barriers affecting the industry's ability to attract and retain apprentices and pr... more
Australia's construction industry growth to slow in 2024 after strong performance in 2023

Western Australia secures 10,000 skilled migration places for 2024-25

The Western Australian and federal governments have reached an agreement to allocate 10,000 skilled migration places to Western Australia for the 2024-25 period. This deal aims to address critical skills shortages in industries such as construction and healthcare while boosting the state's economy and residential construction sector. Under the new agreement, the migration places will be divided between two programs: State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP): 5,000 places WA Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA): 5,000 places The SNMP allocation represents a significant increase from the prev... more