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Builders urge Greens and Coalition to back Help to Buy

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In the midst of political wrangling, Master Builders Australia urges Parliament to adopt sensible housing policies that benefit both aspiring homeowners and encourage more housing supply.   CEO Denita Wawn said the industry was strongly supportive of the Help to Buy Scheme which will assist some homebuyers in acquiring their first home.   “Those qualifying … Continued

WGEA reporting a step in the right direction

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The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) welcomes today’s release of employer gender pay gaps by the Workplace Gender and Equality Agency (WGEA). ACA President Annabel Crookes said the publishing of gender pay and leadership data is important for improving diversity in the construction industry. “Gender diversity is still a challenge for the construction sector. The gender … Continued

Trade licensing scheme must be priority for all Canberra politicians: CFMEU

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The CFMEU has called for all ACT political parties to commit to introducing a trade licensing scheme after the government’s positive step towards making it a reality. Sustainable Building and Construction Minister Rebecca Vasarotti will today commit to working on trade licensing as a next step after the CFMEU’s successful campaign for developer licensing. The … Continued

How can artificial intelligence improve security entrances?

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By Michael Fisher, Managing Director, Boon Edam Australia   In the building and construction industry, it seems clear that AI has the potential to play an increasing role in making exterior and interior entrances more secure.   Many building automation systems, fire systems, intrusion detection technologies, and physical and network access control systems already have AI built … Continued

DT Infrastructure joins ACA

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Australia’s largest construction companies are working together to make the industry more sustainable with the national representative body welcoming another member, DT Infrastructure. DT Infrastructure is part of the Gamuda Group of Companies following the acquisition of Downer EDI’s Australian transport projects business. Australian Constructors Association (ACA) CEO Jon Davies said the association was delighted … Continued

Report results aim to increase women in construction

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A major report has been released which makes key recommendations to boost the number of women working in construction across NSW.   The Building Commission NSW Women in Construction Report provides informed recommendations to increase female participation in the industry and address some of the systemic challenges they face in their career.   The recommendations … Continued

MEDIA ALERT: Head of SafeWork NSW Trent Curtin to address the media following the halfway point SafeWork’s ‘Working at Heights in Construction’ blitz.

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In May 2023, SafeWork NSW commenced its 12-month ‘Working at Heights in Construction’ blitz, following a concerning rise in the number of serious injuries and deaths attributed to falls from heights, resulting in 17 people killed between 2018 and 2022.    During the blitz, SafeWork NSW has issued more than $900,000 in fines.   Head of … Continued