CEA News

CoreLogic Market Movement Report points to rising construction activity over the year

CoreLogic captured approximately 2,429 projects moving into construction across the December quarter. This outcome delivered a result that was -7.8% lower than the number of projects commencing in the previous quarter. In addition, the value of construction projects commencing was down 7.0% over the quarter, to $13.1 billion. According to CoreLogic commercial research analyst [...]

Registration key to improving engineering standards

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) has welcomed Victoria’s decision to introduce a mandatory registration scheme for engineers saying it will lift standards in the profession. The Victorian Government recently introduced the Engineers Registration Bill in the state parliament, a move that will likely see Victoria join Queensland in requiring mandatory registration [...]

Making ageing asbestos in buildings less dangerous in the short term

Practices to make asbestos less dangerous where it is not immediately possible to remove it have been examined by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency in a new report that looks at current ways of containing and stabilising asbestos, particularly in roofing. The Agency has examined current products and practices used to contain and [...]

Restrictive Planning and Zoning Pushing Home Ownership Out of Reach

A Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) report confirms that restrictive planning policies are pushing home ownership out of reach. The RBA analysis shows that house prices are being driven up by regulation which significantly increases the cost of land. As the RBA report clearly states, “The average Sydney house, valued at $1.16 million in [...]

New campaign launched to target workplace safety in NSW

SafeWork NSW has launched a $3.2 million campaign aimed at ensuring workers and employers stay safe on the job. The “Safety starts with you” campaign has been developed to improve safety and help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses across NSW.  It highlights risky behaviour in an effort to reduce the number of injuries in [...]

Tackle Gender Pay Gap with More Women In Construction

In celebrating International Women’s Day Master Builders Australia has calling for more women to pursue careers in the building and construction industry to help tackle the gender pay gap. “There is profound community concern about the gender pay gap. Getting more women into well-paying jobs in growing industries like building and construction has a big [...]

Festival Plaza redevelopment approved

A $500 million private commercial and retail development at Adelaide’s Festival Plaza has been approved in another milestone for the redevelopment of the precinct. Walker Corporation has received approval from the Development Assessment Commission for the 27-storey office tower which also includes up to three levels of retail development and five levels of carpark. The [...]

New requirements for public private partnerships

New requirements for public private partnerships (PPPs) will ensure best practice and allow the private sector to tender for Victorian Government projects with greater certainty. Launched by Treasurer Tim Pallas, Partnerships Victoria Requirements will ensure we stay the construction powerhouse of the nation by reducing costs and improving project outcomes – making it easier to [...]

Blueprint for Parramatta Road

The NSW Government has released the blueprint for transforming Parramatta Road into a vibrant urban corridor, along with $198 million to kick-start the corridor rejuvenation. Parramatta Road will become Sydney’s new boom corridor under an urban transformation strategy featuring 27,000 additional homes, impressive community facilities and green spaces. The Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy is the final plan to [...]

“N-Bomb” Increasing Threat To Australian Workplaces

Deadly new designer drugs which can cause severe hallucinations and erratic behaviour among users are making their way into the Australian workplace. Australia’s largest workplace drug testing company, Safework Laboratories, says the first positive results for the psychoactive compound NBOMe, also known as N-Bomb, have been detected on Australian worksites in Western Australia and Queensland. [...]