A Case for an Australian Construction Strategy

ustralia’s building and construction industry contributes over $200 billion to the economy and represents 7.5% of GDP. It is estimated that even a small productivity increase of 0.3% would result in a national improvement in GDP of $6.6billion – this forecast is double that of any other industry. This discussion paper outlines a framework for an Australian Construction Industry Strategy. It calls for precursor productivity to be a requirement of

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors – team up

It’s not often you see AIQS and RICS on the same page. They are normally busy competing for members but clearly the conversation about how quantity surveyors, project managers and building certifiers have a redefined role to play has ruffled a few feathers ... READ ARTICLE

By |February 25th, 2014|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors misses the point

Kaye Herald’s letter (AFR 17 Feb 2014) in response to my call for “reform in the building industry and address it’s out of control construction costs” misses the point. It reminds me of a similar letter from a senior Quantity Surveyor ... READ ARTICLE

By |February 19th, 2014|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

Letter to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Re: Australia’s Construction Industry Dear Opposition Leader, There are many challenges confronting Australians. The current state of Australia’s construction industry is clearly one of these. While the ALP was in government it was apparent the industry was in trouble. This was acknowledged for example in your government’s subsequently abandoned COAG Panel ... READ MORE

By |February 4th, 2014|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

Construction Industry Corruption is more than a matter for the police and the ABCC

Opinion piece in AFR 4 February 2014 by David Chandler OAM READ ARTICLE

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The House that Labor Built

Opinion: Royal Commission inevitable, but how to achieve lasting change? David Chandler OAM – Independent Construction Industry Advocate and Advisor. The inevitability of a Royal Commission into unions and in particular construction’s CFMEU reminds me of a comment Roger Gyles QC made during the NSW Royal Commission into the Construction Industry back in 1992. He said “whenever you have one of these sorts of enquiries it’s a bit like slamming

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