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Owners Corporations Urged to Register for Project Intervene Now


Time is running out to register for the NSW Government initiative targeting serious defects in recently completed and occupied residential apartment buildings.

More than 150 buildings have already registered with Project Intervene, which supports owners corporations throughout the process of getting serious defects fixed in common property areas of eligible...

5-Day Work Week's Impact on Life Balance in Construction?


The Master Builders Association of NSW and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are conducting a significant study into the implementation of a 5-day working week in the building and construction industry. This in-depth study is the first of its kind worldwide.

We invite you to participate and ask that...

New HBCF Eligibility Manual


icare HBCF have advised that a new version of the Eligibility Manual will come into effect on 1 November 2023.

What has changed?

Key Changes on Eligibility Manual v11.2 include:

  • Financial assessments will be conducted on the financial information of the company holding the licence. Assets and liabilities being held...

New home building times continue to worsen


Master Builders Australia, the peak building and construction industry association, has today released its analysis into the state of new home building times.

“During 2022-23, the average build time for detached houses increased from 10.3 months to 11.7 months,” Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn said.

“For new townhouses, it...

SafeWork Alert: Rising Trend in Notification Failures, Scene Disturbances


SafeWork NSW is warning businesses they will face fines and potential prosecution if they fail to report incidents after the workplace regulator this year issued 140 compliance notices and over $55,000 in fines for breaches with one-third of all offences occurring in the construction industry. 

If there is a serious...

Prohibition on the use of engineered stone (Impact Statement)


Master Builders Australia welcomes the public release of the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Prohibition on the use of engineered stone.

One work-related injury or illness is one too many. Just like Government, WorkSafe regulators and unions, Master Builders wants to ensure workplaces are safe.

We thank the Ministers for the...

Inspectors are targeting silica safety in construction


Over the next six months, inspectors are targeting silica safety in construction and can issue prohibition notices to stop work that generates high levels of silica dust.   

Demolition and excavation work, and drilling, cutting or grinding materials containing crystalline silica can generate fine dust which, when breathed in can cause deadly...

Important Update on Remedial Building Work Regulations in NSW


Here's a quick rundown on the latest changes to remedial building work regulations under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (DBP Act) and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 (DBP Legislation).

What is Remedial Building Work?

It covers repairs, maintenance, or upgrades on older buildings, as well as defect...

Connecting builders with homeowner projects: HBCF’s Claims Quoting System


Are you an experienced builder in New South Wales on the lookout for new possibilities or a steady pipeline of work? The Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) has jobs available for keen builders through the Claims Quoting System (CQS). The CQS is your gateway to a variety of potential projects...