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Lack of Trades Registration Putting Consumers at Risk: MBA

Lack of Trades Registration Putting Consumers at Risk: MBA | Building Services | Scoop.it

A lack of mandatory registration of tradespeople throughout Victoria is placing consumers at risk and costing the building industry dearly, the leader of a key construction industry lobby group in that state says.


In a statement, Master Builders Association of Victoria CEO Radley de Silva said nearly one-third of all consumers throughout Victoria experience problems when building or renovating a home (many because of poor workmanship), and that a lack of requirements for tradespeople to be registered was a significant part of the problem.


Whereas Victoria has only around 2,000 tradespeople, he says, New South Wales and Queensland (with mandatory registration requirements) have around 40,000 and 50,000 respectively. “The fact that Victoria does not require tradespeople to be registered, as long as they are working for a registered builder, presents a serious problem not just for builders, but for the communities they serve,” de Silva said in a statement.

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Queensland Construction Market Set to Become More Global

Queensland Construction Market Set to Become More Global | Building Services | Scoop.it

The business world is becoming increasingly global and many Australian industries and companies are experiencing an influx of foreign investment and ownership.


One area which has remained somewhat sheltered from the global influence is the building contractor market, more so in Queensland specifically than any other Australian state. Historically, many of the dominant players in the Queensland market are still local, with many of the mid-tier contractors owned and operated out of Queensland.


However, given recent significant acquisitions in the past 12 months, one wonders if the days of locally owned and operated contractors in Queensland will be become a thing of the past. More importantly, how will the market prepare and adapt?

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Obtaining a Building Work Contractor's Licence in SA

Obtaining a Building Work Contractor's Licence in SA | Building Services | Scoop.it

A person must be licensed as a building contractor to carry on the business of performing building work for others.

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A building work contractor's licence is required for persons wishing to perform building work for clients, or perform building work with the intent to sell or let go of the land or properties improved by that work. 


The process includes filing an application form and lodging it to the proper office. Licenses must also be renewed each year. 

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100 Biggest Australian Construction Companies in 2014 Unveiled

100 Biggest Australian Construction Companies in 2014 Unveiled | Building Services | Scoop.it
A new list outlines the 100 largest non-residential construction companies in Australia based on the dollar value of contracts won in 2013/14.
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Who are Australia’s largest non-residential building and construction companies for the past financial year?


Find out from the ranking revealed by the Housing Industry Association (HIA)'s report, HIA-Cordell Construction 100 2013/14. The list is composed of civil, commercial and multi-residential building contractors. They were ranked based on the dollar value of work secured throughout the year to June. 


The firms listed have collectively brought in a total of $38.4 billion in new contracts, raising last year's reported level by 7.3 per cent.

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Australia’s most popular architect-designed house for 2015 revealed

Australia’s most popular architect-designed house for 2015 revealed | Building Services | Scoop.it

A polycarb-clad cliffside residence with secret gardens, glass pools and operable walls wins People’s Choice Award at the 2015 National Architecture Awards.


It may have drawn inspiration from Japanese architecture but Villa Marittima at St Andrews Beach in Victoria has now left its own mark on Australia shores by taking out the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 National Architecture Awards.


Designed by Robin Williams Architect (RWA), Villa Marittima was chosen by the public from the 11 residential projects that are in the running for the residential categories at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Architecture Awards.

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Is Australia Delivering a Nationally Consistent Building Code?

Is Australia Delivering a Nationally Consistent Building Code? | Building Services | Scoop.it

The National Construction Code is one of Australia's successes in harmonisation of building regulation. Is its consistency being eroded?


Given the importance of delivering a safe, comfortable and productive built environment in an efficient manner, the importance of having consistent rules across the nation with regard to basic construction cannot be understated.


More than 20 years after the NCC was introduced, has it delivered or is that consistency being eroded by a tendency to ‘tinker’ with the code at a state and especially local level?

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How to Register as a Building Contractor in Western Australia

How to Register as a Building Contractor in Western Australia | Building Services | Scoop.it

Registration guidelines for first time applicants

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Interested in offering building services in Australia?


The Department of Commerce has published an informative guide on their website that provides parties registering for the first time a step-by-step overview of the process.


Whether you're an individual, a partnership or a company, you will need to register as a building contractor to establish a contract with your clients.


You also will be asked to provide proof of financial capability to engage in such activity. 

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Top 20 Construction Companies in Australia Named

Top 20 Construction Companies in Australia Named | Building Services | Scoop.it

A list of the top 20 construction companies in Australia, with short profiles for each organisation. 

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Australia boasts of having more than 74,000 building and construction companies. The huge number is not so surprising -- as the country's economy grows, its demand for better and more commercial, residential and civic developments increases as well.  


Thsi article lists the top 20  construction companies in Australia in alphabetical order. The list includes companies that operate in the construction and mining sector, brick, stone and other related building materials sector, bridge, tunnel and elevated highway construction sectors and other building and construction sub-categories. 

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