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MBA battle with CFMMEU reaching fever pitch

03/11/2020

This week workers employed by numerous major contractors will vote on accepting a new company enterprise bargaining agreement.
 
The fact that the votes will be close is a testament to the strength of the MBA and company argument that workers will suffer under the alternate union proposal.
 
The...

Be merry, not folly: An office Christmas party checklist for employers

02/11/2020

With Christmas just around the corner, most employees will soon be enjoying some hard-earned down time at the office end of year party.

But some steps need to be taken to ensure a safe and incident-free Christmas party. We have prepared a Christmas party checklist for employers to help ensure a...

2020 Federal Budget delivers tax relief

02/11/2020

The Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, delivered the 2020 Federal Budget on 6 October 2020. As anticipated, the announcement included bringing forward personal income tax cuts already legislated. These changes deliver tax relief to low- and middle-income earners for the 2020-21 income year of up to $2,745 for...

JOIN THE HOME RENOVATION FRENZY!

29/10/2020

Discover new business opportunities in Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Renovations.

This year homeowners have spent more time at home than ever before with plenty of time to plan and organise those much-needed renovations. Thanks to the HomeBuilder scheme launched in June there has been a huge boost for home renovations...

NEW KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

28/10/2020

Now is the time to enrol in the Master Builders online Diploma of Project Management qualification.

The 2020-21 Budget confirmed the Federal Government’s focus on construction and infrastructure spending to grow the economy. 

In NSW over $3billion is earmarked for new infrastructure, an extension to local roads and community infrastructure...

Watpac sites shut in CFMEU safety blitz

23/10/2020

Quick summary:
Reports that the NSW CFMMEU branch has launched another campaign of shutting down the sites of major builders, including this time a Watpac site, citing safety concerns. 

Industry sources described the union’s move as a “power play” and the AFR reports that “the builder is at the heart...

Important Member concessions update

20/10/2020

Exciting and important concessions have been put in place for members for the 4 month period from the 2 November 2020 to 28 February 2021. 

One of the major new member concessions is with Master Builder Insurance Brokers (MBIB). It will provide all members – current customer or not, with...

Home warranty review completed

15/10/2020

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) completed its review of the NSW Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) on Friday the 9th October 2020. IPART will now provide recommendations for changes to HBCF, to the NSW Government by the 30th November 2020.

Initial findings in IPART’s Draft Report include:

  • Premiums...

Online courses to gain your CPD points

14/10/2020

Refresh your skills and increase your knowledge with our industry dedicated online courses.

Our self-paced online lessons are interactive and a great way to brush-up on your skills.

The information presented utilises animation, characters, storyline, videos and case studies.
We aim to provide you a unique learning experience, which is...