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New home sales rose to a four-year high in March, as apartment purchases jumped 11.3 per cent, Housing Industry Association figures show. Monthly new sales measured by the HIA - accounting for just over 10 per cent of the market - rose 4.4 per cent to 8076, their highest level sinc...

The Federal Government has announced wide ranging reforms to the 457 visa program which should make it easier for builders and contractors in regional and remote areas to engage eligible 457 workers. “These reforms are backed by Master Builders and follow extensive input from builders,&rdqu...

The Government’s proposed reforms of the 457 visa system will support a more productive building and construction industry and more jobs for young Australians. “Master Builders welcomes the Government’s positive approach in responding to the Independent Review of the Integrity o...

The nation’s peak building and construction industry body, Master Builders Australia today issued a challenge to the Senate crossbench to re-establish the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). The challenge was delivered in an open letter to the crossbench Se...

“In contrast to the lift in headline owner occupied commitments, lending to build new dwellings was muted in December however finance flows will continue to underpin resurgence in residential building,” Peter Jones Chief Economist of Master Builders Australia said. Data released by th...

BEING an inspiration to others is just one of the reasons why Benjamin Crew has been recognised. The central Queensland plumbing foreman has been named the Construction Professional of the Year at the 2014 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards. CSQ chief executive Brett Schimming sa...

A WAR has broken out between debt collectors and a company linked to underworld figure Mick Gatto. Controversial Melbourne builder Maxstra Constructions, which according to court documents allegedly owes subcontractors hundreds of thousands of dollars, has been accused of hiring thugs to call in...

SERENA Giudice is no stranger to firsts. The Geraldton builder became the first woman in Australia to be crowned the Master Builders Australia National Young Builder of the Year on Friday night. And in 2009, she was awarded the Ric New Medal for Excellence, named after the founder of Midland ...

The latest statistics on home financing in December reveal a positive sign for a recovery in the housing markets according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Chief Economist, said “The positive trend in home lending that has developed...

For the second time in less than a year, Masters is revolutionising home improvement, this time with the launch of masters.com.au, Australia's first and biggest online store offering a huge range of DIY products for home delivery at the click of a mouse. With more than 10,000 products available to ...

The fall in building and construction work done in the December quarter is consistent with reports of poor industry conditions, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the industry. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders Australia’s Chief Economist said, “With major parts of the industry...

Australia’s peak building and construction industry association, Master Builders Australia, today in welcoming today’s rate cut cautioned that it won’t be enough to fix the weak trading conditions facing the building industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, said “Master Builders’ Sep...

Building approvals fell sharply in September, confirming that the building industry is clearly in the slow lane of the economy, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, Chief Economist, said “As expected, the previous month’s b...

Master Builders Australia today declared the Government’s moves in introducing the Bill to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and repeal industry specific workplace laws as not in the best interest of the economy and the community. Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders s...

New independent modelling confirms the building and construction industry will suffer large losses as a result of the Federal Government’s carbon tax, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Austra...

A NATIONAL hotline has been set up to dob in con artists who rip off consumers with dodgy home repair jobs. Victorian and NSW have joined forces to launch the new hotline to combat itinerant con men and gangs looking to rip off consumers with cheap and dodgy home repairs. The hotline, 1300 133 40...

WOOLWORTHS and its US-based partner Lowe's have spent nearly half a billion dollars buying up land and buildings for their Masters hardware joint venture, giving the duo a massive land bank to launch an assault on the industry leader, Bunnings. Documents obtained by BusinessDay reveal for the first...

- Competition in Home Improvement starts now - Unbeatable value, great service, amazing quality, fantastic range 1st September 2011: The very first Masters Home Improvement store in Australia throws open its doors today, bringing much needed competition and choice to consumers. Inside customers w...

ABS Dwelling Commencements (housing starts) posted a modest rise in the March 2011 quarter, within which the core detached house segment fell for a fifth consecutive quarter, said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s home building industry. HIA Chief Economist, Dr Harl...

TWO men who saved an eight-month-old baby from a house fire in Victoria should be nominated for bravery awards, a neighbour says. Warwick Todd was working at a nearby residence when he heard a woman screaming and saw smoke plumes coming from the Surrey St home about 2.30pm. "We walked outside and ...

TRADIES and construction workers are facing mobile phone bans at work to stop them tweeting and using Facebook on the job. Master Builders Association NSW executive director Brian Seidler said using a mobile phone at a worksite for texting, Facebook or even calls was a sackable offence, as it crea...

The latest Housing Industry Association-Austral Bricks Trades Report highlights a shortage of skilled labour across a majority of trades in the residential sector. The HIA, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, said that in the December 2010 quarter the HIA-Austral Bricks Trade A...

A Ryde tradesman has invented a new shirt that could help him turn dust into gold. Pete Hinchey, a builder and carpenter for the past 30 years, has invented the world first shirt design called the Dustee. The shirt aims to prevent tradesmen and other people from being exposed unnecessarily to dust...

Today’s National Accounts figures show that expenditure on new housing, and on alterations and additions, fell in the September quarter of 2010, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. HIA Senior Economist, Andrew Harvey, said that the outcom...

PHILLIP Little has been named in the Skillaroos team to compete at the 41st WorldSkills International Competition in London next year. The Tenterfield-trained tradesman will compete in the plumbing competition, after finishing first in the NSW competition earlier this year, and securing a bronze me...

A growth in "black market" tradesmen could lead to serious accidents, a gasfitting industry group says. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Federation was formed in September by industry members disgruntled with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), which regulates the indust...

THE head of Australia's largest paint company recently had the exterior of his house painted. With every colour available to him, Dulux Group chief Patrick Houlihan says he chose Barnfloor, Army Issue and Harold. In layman's terms they were "very contemporary beiges and creams". Perhaps not the m...

Peter Jones stood loud and proud in London last night to introduce not one but four JCB toughphones to the world. Among the bunch held aloft by the technology-focused entrepreneur were the world’s first floating handset and two touch-screen models rock hard enough to withstand being dropped from ove...

Dragons' Den television entrepreneur Peter Jones hopes to tap a market of careless windsurfers and butter-fingered sailors by launching a waterproof, floating mobile phone that can withstand being dropped in the sea – or down the lavatory. Distributor Data Select, owned by Jones, will bring out thr...

A poster of a woman’s bottom clad in frilly knickers appealing to tradesmen who are “good with their hands” has ruffled feathers in Kingston. The advert for Building Trade Schools Centres (BTSC) asks those wanting to be a plumber, electrician or multi-skilled tradesman to “prove it” by contacting ...

Skills shortages are pushing up wages to the point where Canberra businesses are paying tradesmen up to $160,000 a year. ACT Chamber of Commerce chief executive Chris Peters says the shortages are so extreme business owners will do ''whatever it takes'' to secure the right person for the job. But ...

SPECIAL payments for dirty, dusty, wet and smelly work are among dozens of workers' allowances on major building projects. As building trade salaries soar to up to $210,000 a year, business is facing a cost blowout for construction projects in Victoria. A Herald Sun examination of three key build...

A Queenstown trades­man at the centre of an insurance wrangle after losing a leg is having his plight probed by TV’s Fair Go programme. Painter-decorator John Fenton – known as Bo – expected a $120,000 payout from his insurance company, Sovereign, after having his right leg amputated to the groin...

Three international experts will participate in a one-day Summit being convened by the Housing Industry Association in Sydney tomorrow: ‘Financing Urban Infrastructure - Australia’s Housing Future’. “The inequitable ‘user pays’ funding model for infrastructure is adding considerably to the price o...

Your ''renovators' delight'' is about to get even more expensive to knock into shape. Nationwide, government, business and household spending on construction are all picking up at the same time, which means it's going to cost more for that professional lick of paint and electrical rewiring of the t...

MAN'S best friend could save you big bickies, with the tax office confirming many Australians can claim their dogs as a legitimate deduction. Expenses - including vet and pet food bills - qualified as a tax deduction if your hound helped with work or was connected to any type of income generation,...

An East Riding tradesman won the lottery but was out mixing concrete the next morning like nothing had happened. Painter and decorator Colin Brown and his wife Angela scooped a £2 million share on the Lotto Rollover Jackpot on Saturday. The couple, from the Driffield area, are living in what they ...

Master Builders Australia, the peak association for the building and construction industry, welcomes the Government’s Budget strategy which demonstrates responsible fiscal management including an early return to surplus, a boost for skills training, additional skilled migration places and enhancemen...

Housing finance commitments fell for the sixth consecutive month in March due to the ending of the Government’s First Home Owner ‘Boost’ and higher interest rates, according to peak building and construction organisation Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Economist, s...

Potential Fines of up to $2750 for advertising without licence details (ACT) - If you are advertising that you provide, or will provide, a service in a construction occupation or occupation class the Construction and Occupation (Licensing) Act 2004 provides that you MUST provide the following detail...

Building approvals soared in March by the most in almost eight years, offering hope of a recovery in construction that is needed to ease Australia's affordable housing shortage. Building approvals increased by 15.3 per cent in March, following a revised 2.7 per cent fall in February, according to t...

A construction site is the last place you expect to see an iPhone but a Sydney builder is hoping to change that with the built-for-purpose Tradie's App Once derided for being too precious and fragile, the phone is making inroads into not-so-gentle environments thanks to a myriad of rugged covers an...

ELECTRICIANS working on Bass Strait oil and gas platforms are earning up to $260,000 a year, with unions declaring them the nation's best paid tradies. Although West Australian resource sector workers are perceived as the best remunerated tradesmen, they are well behind the elite class of offshore...

Australia’s peak building and construction industry association, Master Builders Australia, warned of risks to the building and construction industry arising from today’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to raise the official cash rate by a further one quarter of a percentage point, the fou...

Master Builders is delighted to be supporting National Carpenters Day on Friday 16 April 2010 www.carpentersday.com.au The initiative of National Carpenters Day by Wood Naturally Better – Forest Wood Products is to promote those that work with timber and the use of timber as a natural material that...

Your ''renovators' delight'' is about to get even more expensive to knock into shape. Nationwide, government, business and household spending on construction are all picking up at the same time, which means it's going to cost more for that professional lick of paint and electrical rewiring of the t...

Master Builders Australia, the peak building body for the building and construction industry, today endorsed the Australian Government’s positive assessment of the Kickstart Apprenticeships Program which commenced on 1 December 2009 and which has signed up 6,400 trade apprentices from the National S...

Whilst loans for established dwellings fell back again in August, lending for construction moved higher and there was a pickup in finance for investment housing, according to peak building and construction organisation Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Economist, sai...

Web Design Master builders australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, today strongly supported the refocussing of web design the Government’s Jobs Fund stimulus measure to assisting web design employers through increased incentives to take on more traditional trade apprenti...

RESERVE Bank (RBA) Governor Glenn Stevens says Australia's medium term prospects are good, rates will rise and that he is glad he did not have to cut rates to zero per cent. Mr Stevens says he feels "very very pleased and fortunate" that the RBA did not have to cut interest rates to zero per cent....

A healthy June quarter for new home lending points to a recovery in dwelling starts over the second half of the year said the Housing Industry Association, Australia’s largest building industry organisation. HIA Chief Economist, Dr Harley Dale, said that the number of loans for construction increa...

Following a sharp recovery from mid-2008, housing affordability conditions dipped in the June 2009 quarter due to increases in prices paid for established houses, according to the latest HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Report. Although housing affordability slipped by more than 5 per cent ...

Much of the debate about the exemption of the family home from capital gains taxation is narrowly focused and ill-informed according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), Australia’s largest building industry association. “Governments of all persuasions have seen fit to encourage people to buy...

DARWIN'S tradies have returned fire in the great Watergape scandal, accusing topless European backpackers of deliberately playing up to grab their attention. The Northern Territory News last week revealed that the backpackers were distracting workers at the Darwin Waterfront development, slowing p...

The Reserve Bank of Australia today decided to hold the Official Cash Rate steady at 3 per cent for the second consecutive month. The decision to leave rates on hold was appropriate given the large amount of stimulus already working its way through the Australian economy said the Housing Industry...

Australia ’s Gross Domestic Product defied the negative sentiment of recent months to grow by 0.4 per cent in the March 2009 quarter, said the Housing Industry Association, Australia’s largest building industry organisation. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said that the positive result f...

The boost to the First Home Owners Grant, record low interest rates and relatively stable house prices have combined to make housing the most affordable in seven years, according to the HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Index. The HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Report revealed a 14.6...

It has been 3 months since the announcement of the Economic Housing Stimulus Package. In total there are 2700 new dwellings to be constructed and a substantial number of refurbishments of our existing properties to be delivered. Of the funding coming from the Commonwealth, 1,500 homes have to be co...

Rents continue to show no signs of easing in most capital cities of Australia. The ABS’ Consumer Price Index revealed that over the first three months of 2009 rents grew by 1.7 per cent to be 8.1 per cent higher than 12 months ago , said the Housing Industry Association, Australia’s largest building...

The latest HIA-Austral Bricks Trades Report indicates that despite the drop in building activity skill shortages for many trades remain across Australia. HIA’s Chief Executive – Association, Chris Lamont said that even with significantly reduced building activity over the last twelve months, tra...

The latest residential land report from HIA, Australia’s largest building association and RP Data, Australia’s leading property information and analytics provider, reinforces the urgency required in kick-starting the new home building sector. The combined HIA-RP Data Residential Land Report, the...

First home buyer grants for construction of homes have maintained a 24% market share in January 2009. For the fourth month in a row, grants for new homes have exceeded 300 for the month of January. While a drop on the number compared to December 2008, the impacts of the First Home Owner Grant ...

The number of loans in Western Australia for housing finance in December 2008, increased by 5.1% over figures for November 2008. Importantly the number of loans for the purchase of newly erected dwellings and for the construction of new dwellings increased from 836 in November 2008 to 983 in Dece...

The latest HIA-Austral Bricks Trades Report recorded a marginal improvement in the availability of skilled tradespeople for the December quarter 2008. For the first time in the report’s history trade contractor prices declined over the quarter. HIA’s Chief Executive – Association Chris Lamont, sa...

Today’s cut in the official cash rate is welcome news according to HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association. HIA Managing Director, Ron Silberberg, said that while lower interest rates had been largely passed through to home borrowers, the banks had held back reducing interest rates...

HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, said that it was encouraging to see October mark the first rise in home lending since January, especially as the result pre-dates further interest rate cuts in November and December. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale said that the total numbe...

The HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, says that the further 1 percentage point cut to interest rates announced today by the Reserve Bank of Australia will help more aspiring first home owners live the dream. HIA Chief Executive - Policy, Chris Lamont said the reduction in of...

HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, believes weak building approvals throughout 2008 to date confirmed the likelihood of continued weakness in Australia’s residential sector for the remainder of this financial year. HIA Chief Executive of Policy, Chris Lamont, said that on a se...

The latest HIA-Austral Bricks Trades Report confirms that labour shortages persist despite falling construction activity. Although trades availability improved marginally over the quarter as building activity continued to fall the industry continues to suffer the impact of skills shortages. HIA’s...

HIA, Australia’s largest building association has welcomed the decision to triple the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) for purchases of new housing. The measure will stimulate business activity and help address the severe housing shortage. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said, when the FH...

HIA, Australia’s largest building association has applauded the pro-active decision of the Federal Government to triple the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG), saying that the measure was necessary to save jobs in the residential construction and manufacturing industry. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron...

His rise was swift and somewhat unexpected: overnight, it seemed, the lowly plumber had been elevated from the man with soaring fees and sagging pants to an emblem of the American working class. Michelle V. Agins-The New York Times Vinnie DiRoma, 48, a plumber for 17 years for the George Breslaw & ...

The HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, says that falling interest rates over the next 12 months may provide some assistance in pegging the gap between underlying and effective demand for housing. HIA Chief Executive - Policy, Chris Lamont said over the next twelve months a ne...

HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, said that further reductions in interest rates should put a floor under the very weak home lending figures evident for 2008 to date. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale said that lower interest rates over the next 12 months will provide hope fo...

The Housing Industry Association’s inaugural Business Expectations Report, launched today, provided vindication for the large interest cut announced by the Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday . The HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, said that weak housing conditions in 2008 ...

Australia ’s largest building industry association, the Housing Industry Association , has highlighted the need for state, territory and the federal government to address challenges faced in public housing at the next meeting of CoAG. HIA Chief Executive – Policy, Mr Chris Lamont said that with m...

Australia’s latest population reading shows that in the first quarter of 2008 the Australian population grew by a record 102,000, higher than any previous reading. Over the 12 months to March, Australia grew at a record 336,800 or 1.6 per cent. HIA Chief Executive of Policy, Mr Chris Lamont, said...

The latest New Home Sales Report from HIA, Australia’s largest building association, highlights the on-going weakness in new residential construction already evident well before the latest deterioration in global financial conditions and confidence. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale, said the shor...

HIA, Australia’s largest building industry association, said that a general weakness in leading housing indicators was persisting into the second half of 2008. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale, said that today’s building approvals update, for August 2008, confirmed a continuance of the downward tr...

Australia ’s biggest residential building association was delighted to launch the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) today with the Prime Minister the Hon. Kevin Rudd and Federal Minister for Housing the Hon. Tanya Plibersek. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said the $512 million allocated ...

Housing starts fell for the second consecutive quarter in June. HIA, Australia’s biggest residential building association said a 40,000 dwelling shorfall in the 2007-08 FY alone highlighted the importance of initiatives to boost the supply of affordable housing, such as the launch of the Housing ...

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New home sales increased moderately in June but were effectively flat over the first half of 2008. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale said new home sales managed to tick up by only 0.4 per cent over the first half of 2008 as the residential sector was weighed down by higher interest rates, tighter ...

Building approvals weakened further in June, following a big drop in May, to reach their lowest level since the end of 2006. HIA Chief Economist, Harley Dale, said that the June update confirmed a seventh consecutive trend decline for building approvals, signalling a weakening in residential const...

Dwelling approvals fell marginally in June and high interest rates look set to dampen confidence and delay recovery, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, Chief Economist, said “Tighter financial conditions are affecting bu...

Australia’s peak building and construction industry association, Master Builders Australia, has today called for the creation of only three Awards for the building and construction industry in the Award modernisation process. Master Builders had previously indicated to the Australian Industrial Re...

Master Builders Australia today said that a new report showing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has delivered sustained productivity gains of around 10 per cent to the construction industry reinforced the need for the continuation of the watchdog. Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of...

HIGHER interest rates, tighter funding and weaker confidence continue to hamper the construction industry, a survey says. The Australian Industry Group-Housing Industry Association performance of construction index (PCI) rose 3.4 index points in June to 40.3 points. However, the index stayed well ...

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Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, has urged industry players to refrain from personal attacks on the Honourable Murray Wilcox, QC, and to focus on the job of retaining an effective industry regulator. The appeal came in Master Builders’ submission ...

The release of the Senate Select Committee on Housing Affordability in Australia has provided bipartisan support to address the decline in housing affordability. HIA’s Chief Executive - Policy, Chris Lamont said, the report provides recognition of the need to tackle supply constraints and the dis...

The poor run of housing numbers continued with housing starts for the March quarter down 3.3 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today, new home starts decreased to a level of 38,928. Detached house starts decreased by 5.4 per ce...

The number of loans for construction of owner occupier dwellings increased moderately in April. Housing finance figures released today for the month of April 2008 show an overall fall in the number of loans of 3 per cent to 57,503. Loans for construction bucked the trend and rose by 1.8 per cent....

Today’s launch of the federal government’s Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) consultation paper has been welcomed by the HIA as a positive measure designed to lower the cost of building new homes and improve housing affordability. HIA’s Chief Executive – Policy, Mr Chris Lamont speaking at the launc...

A surge in interest rates in the first quarter of 2008, combined with complex planning laws and exorbitant property charges and taxes have contributed to yet another record low for housing affordability in Brisbane, and also in Regional Queensland. The HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Index d...

A surge in interest rates in the first quarter of 2008, combined with complex planning laws and exorbitant property charges and taxes have contributed to yet another record low for housing affordability. The HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Index fell by 3.5 per cent during the quarter to be m...

HIA congratulates Parkway Homes for the opening of Victoria ’s latest HIA GreenSmart® accredited house project, the ‘Acacia 25’ on the Mornington Peninsula. This display home that opened earlier this year is 6 star energy rated and includes a gas boosted solar hot water system, 5 star heating and ...

The announcement by the Prime Minister to conduct ‘root and branch reform of the Australian taxation system’ must consider measures to reduce taxation on new residential property. HIA’s Chief Executive – Policy, Chris Lamont, said any review of taxation must consider the crippling taxes levied o...

Australia’s peak building and construction industry association, Master Builders Australia, has expressed concern that any restrictions imposed by changes in flexible workplace arrangements will have negative impacts on productivity in the building industry. Master Builders has called for the Gove...

Dwelling approvals were barely unchanged in February and are now falling in annual terms as the market falters in the wake of higher interest rates, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “Recove...

Builders are becoming increasingly concerned about the outlook for the economy, the building industry and their own businesses, according to the latest Master Builders Australia National Survey of Building and Construction. Master Builders Australia Chief Economist, Peter Jones, said: “We have seen...

The drop in home lending in February is the beginning of further falls to come, according to peak building and construction industry organisation Master Builders Australia. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Master Builders’ Chief Executive Officer, said “The two rate rises this year and the November 2007 rate r...

New home sales weakened in February. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today for February 2008 show a drop of 5.3 per cent in the sale of new homes and units among Australia’s largest builders and developers. Detached house sales fell by 5 per cent and multi-unit sales were down by 7.5 per c...

Building approvals went nowhere in February as the run of weak updates for the new home building sector continued. Total building approvals were flat in February (up by all of 0.1 per cent) to be at a level 1.6 per cent lower than a year earlier. Multi-unit approvals fell by 1.3 per cent to 3...

New home sales rose strongly in the first month of 2008 thanks to a continuation of the resources boom in Western Australia and Queensland. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today for January 2008 show a rise of 11.3 per cent in the sale of new homes and units among Australia’s largest build...

IRWIN Industrial Tools offers Australia’s “Ultimate Tradesman” the chance to win $US1.26 million. In 2008, at V8 supercar races across Australia and New Zealand, IRWIN Industrial Toolswill present the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge. It won’t just be cars racing against the clock as IRWIN invites tr...

The continuing rainfall is having a major impact on home building activity across Queensland . HIA’s Queensland Executive Director Warwick Temby said “every day lost from wet weather represents $80m in postponed activity and has an impact on the cash flows of builders, trade contractors and su...

New home sales fell in the final month of 2007, the second consecutive decline, as higher interest rates and further pressure on house prices bit into the new home building industry. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today for December 2007 show a 1.3 per cent fall in the sale of new homes and ...

Today’s decision by the Federal Cabinet to approve the establishment of First Home Saving Accounts is welcomed. HIA first raised the concept of a First Home Super Saver as a measure to assist those first-home buyers saving for a deposit and to reduce the reliance on 100 plus per cent loans. HIA...

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The Housing Industry Association has welcomed the new Government’s commitment to a national housing policy to assist the more than 1.2 million Australian households in housing stress. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said increasing the supply of affordable housing in Australia is essent...

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Today’s housing announcement by the Government is a welcome bi-partisan acknowledgement of the housing affordability crisis. HIA’s Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said, both major parties have now accepted the need for Commonwealth leadership to address the parlous state of housing affordab...

Australia’s most comprehensive report card on the new housing industry highlights an on-going shortage of new housing which will continue for the remainder of the decade. Commenting today on the release of the September 2007 quarter HIA National Outlook publication, HIA Chief Economist, Mr Harle...

More bad news for the more then 1.2 million Australian households in mortgage or rental stress with the release of today’s 1 per cent rise in the CPI figure. Rents increased by 1.6 per cent during the September quarter. HIA has maintained concerns that increases in rents in 2007, a consequence o...

Building trade shortages continue to place upward pressure on trade prices. Figures released today from the HIA-Austral Bricks Trades Report showed that trade shortages remain prevalent across all trades and regions surveyed. Australia’s peak building industry body, HIA, said that the build...

PLUMBING can be dirty work, and lucrative. Chronic shortages of workers in key trades are driving up building and renovation costs, and the prices paid to plumbers, bricklayers, joiners and builders. "We charge people $100 an hour, and I've been working for about 18 months. Other places I know cha...

A seven-year decline in housing affordability to its lowest level on record has prompted the Housing Industry Association to call on the major political parties to commit to a national affordable housing policy. The latest report from the Commonwealth Bank and Housing Industry Association shows ...

Master Builders Australia, the peak building and construction industry association, is proud to be part of a world first scheme that recognises the efforts of industry training providers that deliver excellence in meeting the contemporary training needs of both the employer and apprentice alike. Th...

Despite a rise in August, housing finance approvals for owner occupied housing have fallen back to levels experienced earlier in the year as concerns related to interest rates, affordability and pre-election jitters continue to frustrate the housing market, according to peak building and constructio...

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Australia’s largest home builders faced a challenging year in 2006-07, with a decrease recorded in both the number of starts and market share. In a year when 149,000 homes were commenced, the fourteenth annual HIA Housing 100 shows that total home starts fell amongst the nation’s largest 100 bui...

The Leighton Group has topped the list of Australia’s 100 largest commercial construction companies for 2006-07, the third consecutive year the company has achieved this feat. The ninth annual HIA-AI Group-Reed Construction Data Construction 100, launched today by the New South Wales Premier, th...

New home sales dipped sharply in August. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today show an 8.6 per cent fall in the sale of new homes and units among Australia’s largest builders and developers, sales hitting a level of 7,712 in August, the lowest seen since January. Detached home sale...

The first home lending update for the new financial year saw loans for construction still stuck in the longest down cycle in the history of the series. The total number of loans for owner occupiers was down by 4.1 per cent in July to 63,599. Lending for the purchase of new dwellings fell by 1.3...

The first home lending update for the new financial year saw a decline in Queensland . In seasonally adjusted terms the total number of loans for owner occupiers was down by 4 per cent in Queensland in July to 14,798. Over the three months to July, however, housing finance continued to l...

Record low housing affordability has widened the gap between new housing demand and supply. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday, new home starts fell by 4 per cent over the June 2007 quarter to 36,512, a level 3.4 per cent down on a year earlier. Det...

The following Tradesman JOBS are a selection of the latest Tradesman JOBS on the market. Plumbers (Sydney) - Approx 2 months work - Immediate Start - Sunshine Coast location SKILLED is a progressive national workforce services company built on a passion for providing superior service with the...

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An “affordable, liveable and replicable home” that also demonstrated climate-sensitive passive design won the HIA GreenSmart Project Home of the Year category for Seaspray Project Management – Seaspray, of Queensland at the HIA-Boral GreenSmart Awards. The category is partnered with Austral Bricks....

Federal Labor’s IR Policy statement announced today provides HIA with greater clarity and assurances in relation to their employment policies, particularly for the building and construction industry. HIA’s Managing Director, Ron Silberberg said “Labor’s ‘Forward with Fairness’ provides a framewo...

New home sales posted only a marginal rise at the start of the new financial year. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today show a 1.5 per cent increase in the sale of new homes and units among Australia’s largest builders and developers, sales reaching a level of 8,441 in July. ...

On 28 August 2007 the ALP announced its long-awaited clarifications to its industrial relations policy Forward With Fairness: Policy Implementation Plan. The announcement deals with direct employment; it does not deal with independent contractors and their interface with the IR system. HIA has ...

Building approvals went nowhere at the start of the new financial year. Figures released today show that dwelling approvals only managed a 0.4 per cent increase in July to a level of 12,980. Approvals for detached houses increased by 1 per cent in July to a level of 8,852, still 1.4 per cen...

The following list of job vacancies are for some of the latest Tradesman JOBS on the market so get in quick. Landscape Labourer (Perth) - Top $$$ paid - Join a motivated team of experienced tradesmen - Flexible packaging available - Create Spectacular Landscapes - Rapidly Growing Industry Ge...

The following jobs are a selection of the latest Tradesman JOBS on the market. Electricians (Perth) Benchmark Recruitment is one of Western Australia's largest privately owned recruitment agencies. We are owned & run by people with trade backgrounds & understand your needs. We currently have seve...

Higher home mortgage rates have sent the number of households in mortgage stress soaring since the Census was taken in August last year, according to the Housing Industry Association. Based on research from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), the HIA has found that 3...

Plumbers in the United States will soon begin learning greener ways after signing on to the Australian GreenPlumbers initiative developed by the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia (MPMSAA). The California Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors (CAPHCC) signed a 15-yea...

The following jobs are a selection of the latest Tradesman JOBS on the market. Cabinetmaker (Brisbane) * South Brisbane location * Immediate start * Above award wages Prima Furniture (QLD) is seeking to appoint an experienced Cabinet Maker to support its ever increasing workload. You must have e...

The following jobs are a selection of the latest Tradesman JOBS currently available on the job market. Electrician (Sydney) • Pharmaceutical company • North Ryde • Excellent opportunity SKILLED is a progressive national workforce services company built on a passion for providing superior serv...

The following are a selectin of the latest Tradesman JOBS on the market. Apprentices (QLD) All Trades Queensland provides apprentices to the engineering, construction and automotive industries. Vacancies are available for immediate start in all of the above industries now. If you have your own...

The latest HIA-Commonwealth Bank Housing Affordability Index, which pre-dates this week’s interest rate increase, highlights an on-going struggle for first home buyers in Queensland . HIA’s Executive Director, Queensland , Warwick Temby, said that affordability remained at near record lows in ...

The HIA-Commonwealth Bank Housing Affordability Index hit yet another record low in the June 2007 quarter. HIA’s Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg, said that affordability was continuing to move in the wrong direction, and there was still no meaningful response from the Federal Government to...

The Housing Industry Association has welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Labor Party to establish a National Rental Affordability Scheme that will provide an additional 50,000 affordable private rental properties. HIA’s Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg, said the initiative builds on...

The following are a selection of the latest Tradesman Jobs on the market. Handyperson - Tradesman (Sydney) -2 Positions Available - Full Time - Generous benefits Star City is 5-Star leisure and entertainment destination. We have great opportunities for experienced Handypeople to perform gener...

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The following are a selection of the latest Tradesman Jobs on the market. REFRIGERATION & AIRCONDITIONING MECHANIC (Hamilton Island) Hamilton Island in the heart of the tropical Whitsundays is Australia's favourite island holiday destination. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, our safe wate...

The following are a selection of the latest TRADESMAN JOBS being advertised online: 1st Year Apprentice (Melbourne) Lady Marmalade is looking for an enthusiastic 1st year apprentice. We are offering a great opportunity to start their career in hairdressing in a premium salon in Prahran. You must b...

The follow are a selection of some of the latest Tradesman Jobs on the market. Landscape Team Leader (Perth) SOS Enterprises Pty Ltd (Bicton) is looking for a experienced team player in the field of hard landscaping who is willing to grow with a reputable landscaping company. The role will involv...

THEY have been lambasted for charging like wounded bulls. But a snapshot of the availability of tradesmen explains why plumbers demand - and get - up to $1500 a day, making them the highest paid of the building industry's 400,000 tradespeople. According to a joint Housing Industry Association and...

Australia’s most comprehensive report card on the new housing industry highlights that a lack of affordability is preventing an adequate supply of new housing stock. Commenting today on the release of the June 2007 quarter HIA National Outlook publication, HIA Chief Economist, Mr Harley Dale, sa...

The number of Australian families in rent stress is set to soar according to the Housing Industry Association. Research undertaken by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and HIA indicates that over the next three years, the number of private re...

Australia’s leading residential and development industry groups have welcomed the recent policy focus by both the Australian Government and the Opposition (ALP) with regard to the future of housing affordability in Australia. The policy focus and public debate is critical in the lead up to the Fede...

Master Builders Australia continues to show leadership in the residential building industry by setting up a professional Remodellers group for builders and contractors to operate in the fast growing home renovations market. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Homeowners are becomin...

One of the major policy challenges to improving housing affordability is increased supply, according to Master Builders Australia the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Master Builders Australia Chief Executive said, “Increased supply in the short to medium te...

Australia’s peak building and construction body, Master Builders Australia, has renewed its call to retain the Australian Building and Construction Commission following the release today of a major economic study that shows substantial and economy wide benefits resulting from the work of the ABCC. ...

Building approvals fell in May, dragged down by a weaker month for both detached houses and multi-units. Dwelling approval figures released today show that building approvals dropped by 5.6 per cent in May. Detached house approvals fell by 3.5 per cent to a level of 8,670. Apartment approvals we...

New Census figures confirm that there are more Queensland households in housing stress (paying more than 30% of their income in housing costs) than ever before. HIA’s Executive Director Queensland, Warwick Temby said, “Queensland has a staggering 307,000 households in housing stress and four Queens...

Building approvals in North Queensland increased yet again in May, contrary to a fall for the state as a whole. Dwelling approval figures released today show that building approvals in the North were higher in May and reached a level 24 per cent up on that seen in May 2006. Over the three months ...

The ALP’s New Directions for Affordable Housing confirms that one of the major policy challenges to improving housing affordability is increased supply, according to Master Builders Australia the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Master Builders Australia Chi...

The fall in dwelling approvals in May shows that last year’s rate hikes continue to dampen housing activity, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “Any recovery in housing activity is likely to ...

New home sales posted a modest improvement in April but the level remains considerably lower than a year ago. HIA’s New Home Sales figures released today show a rise of 7.1 per cent for the sale of new homes and units among Australia’s largest builders and developers, sales reaching a level of...

As members will be aware, requirements for the provision of 5000l rainwater tanks on all new home building applications in the States Regional areas will be effective from 1 July this year. To date, a majority of Regional Councils have applied to the State Government for exemption from the mandate....

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The large fall in dwelling approvals in March reflects volatility in the unit and apartment market as housing weakness continues according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “The sharp fall in February...

Builders welcome the Government’s commitment to encourage increased entry and retention of apprentices in the traditional building trades such as carpentry and bricklaying, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Master Bu...

Building apprentices have welcomed the Government’s announcement that eligible first and second year apprentices will receive a tax free payment of $1,000 plus a $500 voucher, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Maste...

Australia’s peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s commitment to provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to establish training centres in schools to encourage students to learn a trade. The chief executive of Master Builders ...

Housing finance approvals for the purchase of established dwellings picked up modestly in March, with lending for the construction and purchase of new houses showing a reversal of last month’s fall, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Pet...

HIA welcomes family friendly initiatives announced tonight within the Federal Budget. HIA Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg said, “Tonight’s budget is clearly pitched to Australian families and provides a range of measures to assist them. Tax cuts for lower and middle income earners will p...

Commenting today on the release of the inaugural HIA-AustralianPropertyMonitorsLand Monitor Report, HIA’s Managing Director, Dr Ron Silberberg called on the Federal Government to coordinate a National Housing Affordability Summit. The Affordability Summit would involve the federal, state and l...

Last year’s three interest rate rises, combined with recent speculation of a further rate rise, have not detracted from what was a strong month for building approvals in the Gold Coast region. Dwelling approval figures released for the month of March show that, while total dwelling approvals d...

Total home lending for owner occupiers posted a modest gain over the first quarter of 2007 but much needed investment in new rental stock continued to weaken. Figures released today show that the number of loans for owner occupiers increased by 1.3 per cent to 63,335 in the month of March and ro...

A 17-year-old rookie plumber has burned down a £5 million ($12 million) waterside mansion in southwest England, after a soldering task during his first day on the job went horribly wrong. The historic mansion in Kingswear, Devon, was undergoing a £2 million renovation when a fire ripped through the...

Master Builders Australia, Australia’s peak building and construction industry association, is calling for further planning reform and has put forward a ten point plan to reduce delays in the planning approval process and to deliver greater certainty and consistency in planning decisions. Mr Wilhel...

Building activity appears set to improve although the outlook remains clouded whilst there is continued speculation about another rate hike, according to the latest Master Builders Australia National Survey of Building and Construction. The March quarter survey reveals that builders are becoming mo...

Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, calls on the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates on hold despite a headline bounce in home building approvals. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “The rise in February reflects a spike in the volatile unit...

Australia’s peak building and construction group, Master Builders Australia has welcomed today’s Reserve Bank decision not to lift interest rates. Master Builders Australia Chief Economist Mr Peter Jones said, “All the latest housing data show a clear downward trend as last year’s three rate hikes ...

Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry welcomed the announcement by the Treasurer for the Productivity Commission to undertake a study to examine local government’s own revenue sources. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, said “A clearer picture...

Today’s decision to keep official interest rates on hold has been welcomed by Australia’s builders and aspiring home buyers. With a recovery in new home building yet to emerge in the face of extremely low housing affordability, the rates-on-hold decision is appropriate and correct. Australia...

HIA Chief Economist Harley Dale was in Launceston today to host the HIA Commonwealth Bank Economic Outlook Forum which provided an update of the short to long term future for the Housing industry. HIA’s Branch Manager, Northern Tasmania, Mr Nick Proud, said that the outlook for Tasmania and the ...

Master Builders Australia, the peak building and construction industry association, backs the need for industrial relations reform. Australia’s productivity must be boosted by the industrial relations reforms announced today by the Prime Minister. Master Builders Australia Chief Executive Wilhelm ...

Australia’s peak building and construction body, Master Builders Australia, has today reinforced the economic benefits that the industry has experienced from federal industrial relations reforms. Master Builders Australia CEO Wilhelm Harnisch said, “Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Work Choices r...

Australia’s peak building and construction body, Master Builders Australia, has today published a standard form contract and User Guide to assist the building industry to comply with the new independent contractors’ legislation. Master Builders Australia CEO Wilhelm Harnisch said, “On 1 March 2007 ...

Housing finance approvals for the purchase of established dwellings remained weak in January but lending for the construction and purchase of new houses showed some signs of life, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Bu...

Construction growth continues to trend down as high interest rates stymie recovery in residential building despite an encouraging bounce back in the December quarter, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones MBA’s Chief Economi...

Australia’s peak building and construction body, Master Builders Australia, has today called on the Commonwealth Government to move against organised crime in the industry. Master Builders Australia CEO Wilhelm Harnisch said, “There has been recent evidence brought to light that the Mafia may have ...

Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, calls on the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates on hold after another fall in home building approvals. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “The fall in dwelling approvals in January reinforces the negativ...

CLOTHING and bedding retailer Pacific Brands Ltd yesterday added the tradesman’s tailor Yakka to its expanding wardrobe in its continued quest to increase sales and profits through acquisitions. Pacific Brands, the home to household names such as Bonds and Dunlop, yesterday posted a 6.1 per cent li...

Housing finance approvals for owner occupied housing remained virtually flat in December last year as higher interest rates continue to take the edge off demand, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Eco...

The recovery in the home building activity that is underway in Queensland is spread unevenly around the State. HIA, Australia ’s peak housing body, said that the home building industry in Queensland is recovering despite the three interest rate increases in 2006. Warwick Temby, HIA’s Queensl...

The price of established homes have risen across Australia, except in Sydney, but the rate of growth is not as fast. Today’s official numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm declining housing affordability. Established house prices rose by 2.2 per cent across Australia in the Dec...

A strong state economy, solid housing demand and tight rental markets continue to fuel house price growth in Brisbane. Today’s official numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show established house prices rising by 3 per cent in Brisbane over the December 2006 quarter to an annual growth...

Rising interest rates have had a dampening affect on home building activity while high land prices and excessive regulatory costs continue to make a negative contribution to housing affordability. Releasing the summer edition of the HIA Market Snapshot Report, Australia’s peak building industry ...

Despite rising interest, ramping up of Lcoal Government charges on land supply and approval delays, Queensland home builders are optimistic about industry conditions in 2007. Releasing the summer edition of the HIA Market Snapshot Report, Australia ’s peak building industry body, HIA, said tha...

Interest rates can no longer be held as the sole cause for the housing affordability crisis, the Housing Industry Association said today. Interest rates are just one factor in a toxic equation, which is forcing tens of thousands of Australians to abandon the prospect of home ownership. HIA’s...

Rising interest rates have had a dampening affect on home building activity while high land prices and excessive regulatory costs continue to make a negative contribution to housing affordability. Releasing the summer edition of the HIA Market Snapshot Report, Australia’s peak building industry bo...

Western Australia’s most comprehensive housing report card highlights a strong 2006, but acknowledges that there may be tough times ahead as the industry fights against the headwinds of very low affordability. Commenting today on the release of the December 2006 quarter HIA WA State Outlook publi...

07 Feb 2007 Australia’s peak building and construction group, Master Builders Australia has welcomed today’s Reserve Bank decision not to lift interest rates. Master Builders Australia Chief Economist Mr Peter Jones said, “All the latest housing data show a clear downward trend as last year’s thre...

Rising interest rates, land shortages, and a lack of urgency among home buyers is keeping the brakes on new home building in New South Wales . Releasing the winter edition of the HIA Market Snapshot Report, Australia ’s peak building industry body, HIA, said that comments from New South Wales ...

The surprisingly strong rise in housing finance in May comes in the face of the rate rise and is a positive sign, by itself, for recovery in the housing market, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Econo...

Today’s solid lending figures for housing is welcome news for the ACT’s home builders and renovators as the strong pipeline of work continues. Housing Finance for May increased by 4.1 per cent with 655 loans approved for the month, up 26 loans on the previous month. Australia ’s peak hou...

A big fall in dwelling approvals in August reveals the impact of higher interest rates, according to Master Builders Australia the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, said “The cautionary note here of course is that the figures do not yet ful...

The decline in housing finance in August reflects the impact of recent interest rate rises with the fallout to stymie recovery in the housing market for some time yet, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chie...

Master Builders Australia today strongly supported the Federal Government’s announcement that employers will be given a further six month period in which to comply with the new WorkChoices record keeping requirements. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO, said, “The six month period of grace will be very welco...

The fall in dwelling commencements in the June quarter confirms that the housing downturn has further to run, with the full effect of the May and August hikes in interest rates yet to hit the industry, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak building and construction industry association. ...

The rise in housing finance in June is welcome but higher interest rates will set back recovery in the housing market, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Economist, said “The concern for builders is t...

A headline rise in dwelling commencements in the March quarter is more a reflection of volatility in unit and apartment starts and comes before the housing industry is hit by the May rate rise, according to Master Builders Australia, the peak building and construction industry association. Mr Peter...

Master Builders Australia, the peak body for the building and construction industry, today welcomed the Government’s legislation on independent contractors. Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive of Master Builders said, “The Government’s legislation means that contractors will be able to operate without...

The rise in housing finance in February is another positive sign of recovery in the housing market, according to peak building and construction industry organisation, Master Builders Australia. Mr Peter Jones, Master Builders’ Chief Economist, said “Loans for the purchase of established dwellings c...

Master Builders today launched a joint initiative with the Federal Minister for Ageing, Senator the Hon Santo Santoro, to encourage more builders and designers to deliver high quality, practical and liveable family homes that are adaptable to the changing lifestyles and needs of older Australians. ...

Building industry predictions about the adverse impact of the Reserve Bank’s two recent interest rate increases have been confirmed by the latest Master Builders Australia National Survey of Building and Construction. The September Quarter Survey, released today, reveals that while builder activity...

A pick up in dwelling approvals in May more than offsetting last month’s fall is welcome, but should not be interpreted as the beginning of any sustained upturn, according to Master Builders Australia the peak body for the building and construction industry. Mr Peter Jones, MBA’s Chief Economist, sa...

On behalf of the eTradesman staff and our loyal tradesman we could like to welcome you to the new and improved eTradesman web site. The new site aims to provide you with more then just the ability to quickly locate tradesmen Australia wide. The site also provides discussion forums, DIY articles an...

Tthe Federal Opposition has annouced if given government at the next election a Skills Account of $800 per year for all new apprenticeships would be established to assist them with the rising cost of training expenses. Key bodies have welcomed the annoucement including Master Builders Australia. Mr...

Master Builders Australia is responding to builders’ strong interest in making WorkChoices effective in the building and construction industry. Mr Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive of Master Builders said, "Master Builders is responding by providing more concise information about WorkChoices throug...

The Housing Industry Association welcomes the publication of the ACT Government’s draft Bill for Planning System Reform as a first step towards untangling a complex, frustrating and uncertain development approval process. ACT and Southern NSW Executive Director Caroline Lemezina said HIA has l...

The residential construction industry is on the move again in Coffs Harbour after three years of decline, the Housing Industry Association said today. Figures prepared by HIA, Australia’s peak residential building industry group, indicate that total dwelling approvals have increased by 2 per c...

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