Unlicensed Builders Putting Consumers in Jeopardy
The rap sheet against Matthew Rixon was damning.
Australia Needs Mandatory Registration for Engineers
When construction of Melbourne’s iconic West Gate Bridge across the Yarra River commenced in 1968, it was to be the then Bolte state government’s crowning glory.
Building Ministers Forum Must Act on National Licensing Recommendation
At the start of the official inquiry into the London Grenfell building fire, a minute's silence was observed to honour those who had lost their lives.
Collateral Building Damage
Our diminishing take up rate of trade apprenticeships and pending future skill shortages has been a hot topic in media reports of late. However, this in...
NSW Government Ignores Good Advice on Building Reform
Amendments to the NSW Home Building Act that impact upon the way its Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) scheme operates were supposedly informed from submissions made...
Training and the Law of Unintended Consequences
Most people will be familiar with the law of unintended consequences. It occurs when a planned strategy or initiative fails to achieve the particular objectives for...
The VBA’s Internal Review Process
From 1 September 2016, the Building Practitioners Board was abolished and its powers and functions have now been absolved by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Does Our VET Sector Come from the Shallow End of the Pool?
The governing body for world swimming requires that an Olympic-sized pool have eight lanes and be exactly 50 metres in length, but they also recognise pools...
Licensing Ain’t a Bad Idea to Minimise Insolvency
The recently released report from the Senate Economics Committee into Insolvency in the Construction Industry contains 44 recommendations to address the issue of insolvency.