Eye On The Industry

  • Deck Checks

    Get your balconies, decks and balustrades checked so you can have fun in the sun. With the fine weather well and truly upon us, it’s time to check your balconies, decks...

  • Union Bullying Undermines Safety

    Fear by Queensland Government safety inspectors to attend construction sites predominantly covered by the CFMMEU shows why the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) must be maintained regardless of who wins...

  • Roofing Plumber Convicted And Fined $20,000

    A registered plumber has been convicted and fined $20,000 by the Frankston Magistrates’ Court for completing roofing (stormwater) work without supervision and failing to supply compliance certificates. Thomas Paganoni, of T....

  • Constructing Better Mental Health In The Building Trades

    Almost half of all Australian men will have a mental health problem at some point in their life and one in eight will experience depression. When you consider that the rate...

  • It’s ‘Hats On’ For Safety At Buildcorp

    By putting the safety of their new workers first, family-owned statewide construction business Buildcorp has won the September icare aware award. This safety award from Insurance and Care NSW (icare) is...

  • Tradies Urged To Protect Their Hearing

    Tradies across the country are at risk of developing permanent hearing loss due to noise hazards on the job. Tradies are being urged to ‘listen’ to the latest guidelines on how...

  • Licensed Plumber Convicted And Fined $20,000

    A licensed plumber working in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has been convicted and fined $20,000 by the Frankston Magistrates’ Court for three breaches of the Building Act. Nathan Trewin, of NBT Plumbing,...

  • Apprentice Wage Subsidy

    Apprentice Wage Subsidy has boosted jobs in regional Australia. Small building businesses in rural and regional communities around the country will take on more apprentices as a result of new apprentice...

  • VBA Statement On Fire Protection Work

    The Plumbing Regulations 2018 came into effect on November 18 and provide clarity regarding the regulatory requirements for those who undertake routine servicing activities n fire protection equipment. A clarification to...

  • First Home Buyers Highest In Six Years

    “First Home Buyer participation in Australia’s mortgage market is now at its healthiest since 2012,” said Shane Garrett, Chief Economist for Master Builders Australia. During the three months to August 2018,...

  • Mental Health On Construction Sites

    A brand-new partnership between the Black Dog Institute and Target Tradies is set to deliver widespread mental health messages to construction workers. Through Target Tradies’ access to Australian construction sites, along...

  • Building Records Booming In Victoria

    114,800 Permits Worth $38.4 Billion In 2017-18. Victoria recorded its highest-ever number of building permits and highest-ever value of building work in a year during the 12 months to June 30,...

  • Home Renovations Hit 14 Year High

    “Australia’s home renovations sector enjoyed its busiest quarter in 14 years during the three months to September 2018,” said Master Builders Australia’s Chief Economist Shane Garrett. “While GDP grew by a...

  • Australian Subcontractors In Crisis Unless Governments Act Now

    Peak body calls for urgent intervention.Thousands of Australian subcontractors continue to be forced into insolvency due to building and construction companies that are failing to pay, despite government attempts to address...

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