Building & construction News


New Planning System White Paper released

By Editor| April 8, 2013 | Category: Construction News

The NSW Government’s White Paper for a new planning system for NSW has been released for public consultation along with two Exposure Bills. Outlining a new planning system for NSW, the White Paper will be on exhibition until 30 June. The exhibition will be supported by face to face engagement with the community, local government, the profession and industry.

The White Paper’s dedicated chapter on building regulation and certification sets out proposals for better and safer buildings in NSW. It includes features from the Board’s Better Building Model and initiatives of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s Fire Protection Systems Working Party.

The public exhibition period aims to test the workability of the proposals for building regulation and certification and refine the details of the proposals. Through a whole range of consultation strategies such as online feedback mechanisms and a state-wide roadshow, the Board and the Department are keen to hear your views on the White Paper’s proposals and the Exposure Bills.

Inquiry into WA's Home Indemnity Insurance Arrangements

By Editor| April 8, 2013 | Category: Construction News

On Thursday 4 April 2013, the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) released a draft report on the inquiry into WA’s Home Indemnity Insurance (HII) arrangements. This draft report can be viewed on the ERA’s website.

The report contains the ERA’s recommendations for the future of HII in WA and calls for public feedback in the form of written or electronic submissions by Tuesday 14 May 2013. Following the assessment of this feedback, the ERA will formulate a final report for consideration of the Treasurer by 28 June 2013.

QLD First Home Buyers Construction Grant Renamed

By Editor| March 19th, 2013 | Category: Construction News

The First home buyers building grant now has a new name - the 'Great Start Grant'. This $15,000 grant is available to all eligible first time home builders. The new name comes in to effect just 6 months after the grant was first introduced. The grant has been considered a failure by many experts due to the fact that only 126 buyers have taken up the grant offer since conception.