Retaining walls 101

These days, large modern houses may be constructed close to subdivisional boulder retaining walls, due to the limited availability of sizeable blocks of land and backyard swimming pools being a common addition. This has led to an increase in the number, size and complexity of retaining walls being built.

16 February 2018

Changes coming for labour hire licensing

The Labour Hire Licencing Act 2017 (the Act) comes into effect on 16 April 2018 and will:

13 February 2018

La Spina to provide Working at Heights info for industry

After a falls from height incident on one of their construction projects, La Spina Constructions have invested significantly in the development of a General Awareness training course which will provide ongoing benefits for the North Queensland construction industry.

20 December 2017

Changes to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill

The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill received assent on Friday, 10 November. While some of the provisions in the Act became law on that day other changes, such as the introduction of Project Bank Accounts and the changes to BCIPA, are still awaiting commencement by the government. However, this cannot occur until a new government is in place following the election.  

24 November 2017

Property developer donations ban – how does it impact industry?

Legislation banning property developer donations was introduced into the Queensland Parliament on 12 October 2017 and was intended to apply retrospectively from that date. However, the Bill was not passed before the election was called and has now lapsed. 

22 November 2017

New legislation - non-conforming products

On 1 November 2017 new Queensland laws covering non-conforming products came into force.  

10 November 2017

Queensland State Election 2017 – Master Builders priorities

The building and construction industry delivers the homes, workplaces, schools, shops and hospitals Queenslanders need. It’s the cornerstone of our economy, and the number one provider of full-time jobs and contributor to gross state product.

9 November 2017

Major development in PBAs campaign

We've been busy lately trying to convince the Queensland Government and Mick de Brenni why we are so opposed to Project Bank Accounts, which were introduced in the recent Building Industry Fairness Bill.

30 October 2017

Use of Master Builders' Holding Account during Christmas break

Master Builders’ holding account won’t be operational from Wednesday, 20 December 2017 until Tuesday, 2 January 2018. No deposits or fund releases will be processed during this time.

11 October 2017

Make health an important part of your toolkit

According to Safe Work Australia, tradies account for 60 per cent of injury and musculoskeletal disorders across all occupations. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on all tradies and their employers to be proactive about their health and get their muscle or joint pain and other health concerns seen to promptly.

11 September 2017

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