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Latest construction industry jobs data


Consistent with Master Builders warnings during the severity of the pandemic lockdowns last year, employment along with business investment is proving to be one of the stubborn indicators in showing recovery. 

In our industry jobs remain down across the country except in South Australia compared to March 2020. However, things...

Staged claims for ABIC contracts


From 1 March 2021 staged claims are no longer compulsory for fixed price residential contracts. It is proposed that the ABIC Simple Works contract return to the periodic claim regime.

We are seeking MBA Members feedback.

When using the ABIC Simple Works contract, please advise if you would like staged...

Builders without Borders


The NSW Government is slashing red tape and removing barriers for tradies to work across state and territory borders, delivering a major boost for jobs and the economy.
The Government has introduced legislation to enable a new national Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme to take effect from 1 July...

Residential staged claims no longer compulsory


For owner occupier residential contracts signed after 1 March 2021 builders will be able to claim for periodic claims and not just staged claims. This comes with the recent amendments to the Building and Construction Security of Payments Act.

Previously, builders were restricted to staged claims only for contracts with...

Another $1.2 billion for apprentice subsidy


The federal government has announced a $1.2 billion extension of it’s apprentice wage subsidy program. 

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program (BAC) will be extended for 12 months for new apprentices and trainees who are signed up before 30 September 2021.

From the date of apprentice signup, businesses will receive the 50%...

New icare HBCF distributor panel announced

icare have announced the new HBCF distributor panel

Master Builders Insurance Brokers (MBIB) are excited to announce their reappointment as one of only 9 brokers on the new HBCF distributor panel.

MBIB has many years’ experience assisting builders to manage their HBCF needs and has a designated team that are well...

Jack be nimble to boost his career.


Jack Jeffery is proof that studying online and working full time is both achievable and beneficial. Jack is a 28-year-old Contracts Administrator who started the online Diploma of Project Management in January 2020. 

With a previous Bachelor of Business (Convention and Event Management), Jack made the career change into the...

Central West Division Golf Day


The competition was fierce with winners on the day being Dave Corby and Brad Townsend. Michael Paddison came in as the highest ranked MBA member & runner up.

We are proud to say that the proceeds of the day went to two very deserving charities: Give Me 5 for Kids...