Australia: Construction & Infrastructure - What's News - 5 July 2016

In the media – National

Project proposals show shrinking cost of big solar
The latest step in an ARENA program to support the construction of large-scale solar photovoltaic plants in Australia has shown how quickly the cost of building new plants is falling as momentum in the sector builds (22 June 20216). More...

Policy priorities for jobs and skills for the future
Master Builders today is formally launching its Jobs and Skills for the Future policy as part of its Strong Building: Strong Economy campaign for the next term of government (20 June 2016). More...

In the media – Victoria

More Lacrosse Building Practitioners to face disciplinary action
The Victorian Building Authority, the regulator of the building and plumbing industries, has referred two more building practitioners involved in the building of the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands, for disciplinary action by the Building Practitioners Board (30 June 2016). More...

Master Plan sets future direction for City Road
The Melbourne City Council has endorsed a seven-year capital works plan to transform City Road. The master plan, with its focus on encouraging more people to walk, cycle and take public transport, is consistent with Council's Transport Strategy 2012. (22 June 2016). More...

Metro Tunnel transport project moves forward
Major work on the biggest public transport project in Victoria's history will begin early next year. John Holland has been awarded the first major Metro Tunnel contract, which now includes excavating massive shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of preparations for the tunnel and five new underground stations (22 June 2016). More...

World class shortlist for vital second river crossing
A world-class field of construction firms has been shortlisted to build Melbourne's second river crossing, with the Government announcing three consortia chosen to tender for the design and construction of the $5.5 billion Western Distributor (21 June 2016). More...

In the media – New South Wales

Single resources regulator for New South Wales
The Department for Industry has announced an internal restructure to create a Resources Regulator to undertake compliance and enforcement of a broad range of activities within the resources sector (01 July 2016). More...

Lendlease to build 60 Martin Place
Lendlease Building will construct Investa and Gwynvill Group's $300 million 60 Martin Place development in Sydney, with construction to commence in July 2016 (30 June 2016). More...

New South Wales budget boosts jobs and investment in construction industry: ACA
The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has welcomed the New South Wales' Budget as providing a major job and investment boost for the construction industry in the state (23 June 2016). More...

In the media – Queensland

Deloitte report warns unions driving up Queensland's cost of living
Queensland's cost of living will rise if unions are not brought to heel, according to a new report into the state's construction sector (29 June 2016). More...

Palaszczuk Government commits $800 million to kick-start Cross River Rail
The Cross River Rail is charging full steam ahead with the Palaszczuk Government providing an in-principle commitment of $800 million towards building Queensland's number one infrastructure project. The move comes as Building Queensland, the state's independent infrastructure adviser, declared Cross River Rail ready for state investment in its Infrastructure Priority Pipeline Report (01 July 2016). More...

New regulatory body starts work for Queensland plumbers
Queensland's plumbing industry now has a new dedicated regulatory body made up of experts who hail from industry organisations, union and government (01 July 2016). More...

Deregulation brings competitive electricity pricing to South-East Queensland
South-East Queensland electricity users are set to have access to a wider range of innovative products and deals as a result of the deregulation of the retail electricity market, which came into effect from 1 July 2016. More...

Palaszczuk Government's $20,000 First Home Owners' Grant starts 1 July 2016
Queensland first home buyers will receive a $5,000 boost to the Queensland First Home Owners' Grant from 1 July 2016, giving them $20,000 to get into the market (01 July 2016). More...

Gold Coast region natural resources projects get $600,000
The Gold Coast's creeks, rivers, farms and bushland will be better protected with $600,000 in natural resource management funds from the Palaszczuk Government for the strategic project to be carried out under the Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program 2013-18 (19 June 2016). More...

Published

Big miners are the ultimate 'leaners'
Rod Campbell; New Matilda: 24 June 2016
The mining lobby was up in arms after the Queensland government delivered its latest budget. It shows just how entitled the industry has become.

Mine 2016: slower, lower, weaker ... but not defeated
PricewaterhouseCoopers: 24 June 2016
Mine is PwC's annual review of the top trends in the global mining industry. The analysis is based on the financial performance of the top 40 global mining companies by market capitalisation.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Mar 2016 (cat no. 8762.0) - 29
Information Paper: Update on the Development of an Oil and Gas Extraction Producer Price Index, June 2016 (cat no. 6427.0.55.009) - 23

ACI Construction Brief
ACI Construction Brief: Brexit anybody? (20 June 2016)

IPA: Australian Infrastructure Metric March 2016
The March 2016 quarter saw a collapse in civil construction work won; brought down by record low contract signings across non-mining sectors (01 July 2016). More...

In practice and courts – National

AIBS: External Wall Cladding Systems - use of non-conforming products and external wall cladding systems
In reviewing the situation, AIBS has undertaken a comprehensive investigation and, as a result, two documents have been developed - the report plus a detailed technical analysis (01 July 2016).
AIBS Report - Issues Relating to the Use of External Wall Cladding Systems in Australia
AIBS Technical Discussion Paper - External Cladding Systems & the BCA

ABCB Advisory Note: Protection of penetration for gas pipes
The ABCB has been made aware of uncertainty among practitioners about the deemed-to-satisfy provisions for maintaining the performance of fire-resisting building elements that contain penetrations for gas pipes. For more information, please visit the ABCB website (30 June 2016).

In practice and courts – Queensland

QBCC Disciplinary actions

Licensees excluded - 19 June to 26 June 2016 (PDF)

Licensees suspended or cancelled - 19 June to 26 June 2016 (PDF)

2016 Major Project Series launch in Brisbane
In Brisbane on 12 July for the launch of the Department of State Development launches the 2016 Major Projects Series. With guest speakers from The Star Entertainment Group, hear first-hand about how Queensland businesses can access new markets and opportunities for the $3 billion Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.

Cases

Colin R Price & Associates Pty Ltd v Four Oaks Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 764
CONTRACT – formation – intention to enter legal relations – whether parties agreed that standard form building contract signed by both parties would only be used to obtain finance – whether building contract was void for uncertainty
TRADE PRACTICES – misleading or deceptive conduct – alleged representation that builder would be paid the cost of all materials and labour plus margin of 15%
CORPORATIONS – agency – authority of agent to bind a company – authority of a single director to bind a company which has more than one director
TRADE PRACTICES – unconscionable conduct – where director of unit holder under significant financial and emotional pressure – where document in effect required unit holder to give up its right to share in large part of proceeds of project to pay for cost overruns Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth), s 12CC; Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), ss 126, 127, 129, 184, 1307, 1308; Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic), ss 13, 31, 133.

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