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Government heeds MBA’s calls to extend HomeBuilder grant scheme

The Morrison Government has listened to Master Builders and is extending the HomeBuilder program by three months. This will drive further demand in our vital construction sector and keep protecting jobs by supporting the construction of new homes and renovations.

Red tape slashed to boost productivity


Ministerial Media Release 24/11/2020
Author: Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

More than 170 planning rules, policies and guidelines have been ripped up to simplify the planning system, speed up assessments and boost productivity as part of the NSW Government’s agenda to reform the system.

Minister for Planning...

Construction jobs tank

  • 13,192 building and construction jobs have been lost in the last week. 
  • The total building and construction workforce is below 1.1 million workers for the first time since the pandemic began (1,098,629 workers)
  • Approximately 89,850 building and construction jobs have been lost since 14 March 2020 and wages have contracted...



Around 300 apprentices and cadets in the NSW construction and housing sector will be supported thanks to an $80 million investment in the NSW Budget.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $80 million will be invested over four years to support apprentices, trainees and cadets on social housing projects delivered by...

World first real-time silica detector helps clear the air


The NSW Government has recently launched a trial of world-first technology to accurately monitor silica dust levels in the air. This has the potential to protect NSW’s workers from contracting the deadly lung disease silicosis. 

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, said the innovative detector could be used...

Compliance campaign targeting electrical safety issues on construction sites


Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said for the rest of 2020, Safework NSW inspectors will be conducting drop-in inspections across a range of sites to check they have the right controls in place to manage electrical risks.

“This campaign is part of our mission to eradicate serious and potentially...

Working together to train your next Apprentice Carpenter.


Master Builders Education and Skills deliver industry best practice Carpentry training. We work together with you to provide the skills your Apprentice Carpenter needs. Responsive service is a phone call away for professional advice from our team. Discover many more benefits we provide to make skilling your apprentice easier.


The Stand Against Union Ideological Militancy


Last week, workers employed by five major contractors in the NSW building and construction industry voted on accepting a new company enterprise bargaining agreement.

Something historic happened – two of the major contractors’ workers withstood enormous union pressure and accepted their employers’ deal – click here for SMH article.


Adoption of 2022 NCC delayed


The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 is now expected to be adopted by states and territories from 1 September 2022.This means that any of the changes scheduled into the new NCC (Vol 1 & 2) will not come into effect until this date.

This delay will also see adjustments to...