Eye On The Industry

  • RBA Rate Cut Government Opportunities

    “The opportunity to get the housing market moving again has never been greater. State and territory governments must grab it,” Master Builders Australia’s Chief Economist Shane Garrett said. “The reduction in...

  • Cost Of Home Building Fees Up In Territory Budget

    The 2019-20 ACT Budget will deliver much needed additional staff to support the housing industry in the ACT, but it will come at a cost, says the Housing Industry Association (HIA)....

  • Public Transport Holds Key To Apartment Buying

    Housing Minister Peter Tinley has released a national survey of 3312 apartment owners and occupiers that revealed 50 per cent of those in Western Australia cited proximity to public transport as...

  • Fastest Improvement In Affordability In Six Years

    “The HIA Affordability Index rose by 2.2 per cent in the March 2019 quarter to post the most significant improvement in affordability since September 2013,” said Tim Reardon, HIA Chief Economist....

  • Growing Risk To NSW Construction Industry Over Insurance Void

    Accredited certifiers are warning of significant and growing risks to the NSW construction industry if Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance policies cannot be secured. The warning comes as insurance brokers Bovill Risk...

  • Otter Chemshield™ Coated Fasteners

    Being Australian we love our ‘Gal’ coated fasteners, but modern times call for modern technology and that is where Otter Chemshield™ coated fasteners come in. Galvanised fasteners can corrode prematurely in...

  • Labor Should Listen To Fears About Its Housing Tax Changes

    The release of SQM’s research is the latest in a series of economic modelling critical of Labor’s housing tax policy to increase capital gains tax and restrict negative gearing. “Previous research...

  • Review To Cut Red Tape In Planning And Building

    The Housing Industry Association (HIA) welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that it will be undertaking a review of State and Local Government processes surrounding planning and building. The Commissioner for Better...

  • Mitsui & Co. Invests In Position Partners

    Global company becomes a corporate shareholder in intelligent positioning technology provider Position Partners to amplify innovation across its core markets. Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui) is a Japanese organisation with operations in...

  • Builders Welcome Focus On Improving Industry Commercial Conduct

    Labor’s “Tradie Pay Guarantee” policy is a positive step in highlighting the important contribution building and construction make to the community and economy, but caution must be taken to avoid adopting...

  • Investors Back Start-Up To Help Cut Building Industry’s $55b Annual Waste Bill

    VR proptech start-up, Inspace XR, has raised a $750,000 seed round from a group of investors that include Australia’s largest angel investment group, Sydney Angels, Artesian, Taronga Group, and Investible. The...

  • Cbus Stops Proposed Legislation Change

    Latest developments on the Government’s proposals to alter automatic insurance cover. Working together with other industry super funds, Cbus was successful in stopping changes to legislation that would have left young...

  • The Top Selling Cars Keeping Australian Small Businesses On The Move

    Australia’s two million small businesses drive our economic and employment growth. But what’s keeping Australia’s small businesses on the road? ORIX Australia’s Dealer Relations and Purchasing Manager Ilario (Larry) Maiolo reveals...

  • New Funding To Support More Women In Construction

    “More building and construction industry career opportunities for women will result from the Minister for Women’s announcement of $675,000 for the Women Building Australia program,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders...

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