“The amount of commercial building approval surged during August (2019) to record its strongest ever monthly performance,” Master Builders Chief Economist Shane Garrett said.
Safe Work Australia has developed a guide on the safe use of prefabricated, tilt-up and concrete elements.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking feedback on the future use of general household, Mixed Waste Organic Outputs (MWOO) (which is made from this waste) and on a proposed transition package to support the alternative waste treatment (AWT) industry to move to sustainable uses.
A new $350 million wind farm south-west of Gladstone, given the go-ahead by the Queensland Government and creating up to 150 construction jobs, will add to the big surge in wind power now coming on-line in the state.
“The appointment of Scott Cam as the first National Careers Ambassador is recognition of both the opportunity a trade career offers someone and the importance of the vocational education and training pathway to access that career,” said Kristin Brookfield, HIA Chief Executive Industry Policy.
“The First Home Buyer share of the home loan market has increased to its highest since early 2012 while investor lending has risen for the second consecutive month,” Master Builders Australia’s Chief Economist Shane Garrett said.
“We could be seeing the early signs of the positive impacts from recent policy stimulus with lending for both new and existing homes up for the month and the quarter,” stated HIA Economist, Tom Devitt.
Property industry sentiment across Australia has retreated from its post-federal election bounce to below the historical average according to the latest ANZ/Property Council Survey for the December 2019 quarter.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) welcomes the Federal Government’s focus on improving and reforming Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector.
“There may have been positive developments in the broader housing market since mid-year but both the HIA New Home Sales Report and ABS building approvals figures show that new home builders were still feeling the winter chill in August (2019),” stated HIA Senior Economist Geordan Murray.