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Shortage of building materials in NSW

19/02/2021

Master Builders NSW (MBA) are receiving increasing reports from members that there is a shortage of building materials in NSW. 

The shortage is due to the compound effects of the December 2019 bushfires burning large amounts of stock from local timber mills as well as imported supply being soaked up...

Security Of Payment to apply to homeowners

09/02/2021

From 1 March 2021, builders will be able to use The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act to recover money owed by homeowners. The Master Builders Association of NSW has been advocating this for many years as non-payment by homeowners causes considerable financial stress and even insolvencies amongst...

Security of Payment supporting statement – new version

09/02/2021

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 requires that a head contractor (the builder) must not serve a payment claim on a principal (the owner) unless the claim is accompanied by a supporting statement. The supporting statement is in a form that is prescribed by the regulations. 

The form...

UPDATE YOUR TRADE QUALIFICATION AND UPGRADE YOUR PAY!

08/02/2021

Do you want to improve your career in construction? Update your trade qualification.

Do you want to upgrade your pay grade? Update your trade qualification.

Vocational Education and Training courses offer avenues to increase your employment opportunities.

A survey from almost 250,000 Vocational Education and Training (VET) students confirm the...

Commercial drone registration becomes mandatory

22/01/2021

From 28 January 2021, any RPA flown for work or on behalf of an employer must be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)—no matter how much it weighs.

So far, more than 12,500 RPA have been registered with CASA and more than 1,300 organisations nationally have taken advantage...

HomeBuilder the star of economic recovery driving $50 billion boost to activity

20/01/2021

The overwhelming success of the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme in driving economic recovery is confirmed by new data. 

“It’s even more proof that a stronger building industry means a stronger economy,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. 

“HomeBuilder has been the star in the Government’s economic recovery plan...

Mitigation checklist for holiday shutdown period

21/12/2020

During the Christmas holiday shutdown period, under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, a person with management or control of a workplace has an obligation to secure the workplace. This is outlined in “Part 6.3 Duties of Person Conducting Business or Undertaking, clause 298 Security of Workplace”. Penalties apply for...