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Fast-tracked Assessments


On 28 April 2020, the NSW Government announced the first 24 projects to undergo a fast-tracked assessment process as part of the NSW Government’s new Planning System Acceleration Program. A further 24 projects were announced in the second tranche of the Program on 22 May 2020. 

The purpose of the...

Impact of COVID-19 on construction in the Asian Region


Master Builders Australia has had the opportunity to participate in an Asia-Pacific Dialogue tonight with like-minded building and construction peak bodies representing the industry in the major Asian Region economies to understand the impact of COVID-19 on  the building and construction industry in other countries.

Not surprisingly the issues are...

Australia's home builders are open for business


“Builders and tradies remain open for business and are complying with the social distancing and hygiene rules, in line with the latest advice from government,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“The Prime Minister has confirmed that building is an essential industry and is being kept open but...

Construction hours extended to support industry during COVID-19


Construction sites can now operate on weekends and public holidays under new rules introduced today by the NSW Government to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the move allows workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing...

NSW government passes flexible long service leave changes


Yesterday, the NSW Parliament passed changes to the long service leave law which will create greater flexibility for employers and employees to access leave during the on-going COVID-19 crisis.

The amendments to the Long Service Leave Act 1955 will allow employees to take leave in shorter blocks, such as one...

Managing your workers insurance during COVID-19


icare workers compensation update:

We understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on NSW businesses and we’re here to support you.

First and foremost, we encourage our customers experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 disruptions to discuss how we can support you and your policy needs.

Letter from NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, to the construction industry


Below is a letter from the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, to the construction industry. It sets out the NSW Government’s determination to continue to deliver the NSW infrastructure pipeline during this COVID-19 event. Infrastructure NSW and Government agencies charged with delivering the infrastructure program have been in discussions about how to best...

Urgent stimulus needed to keep building and construction businesses viable


The Federal Government must urgently provide a new and expansive stimulus package with measures targeted to keeping the building and construction industry and the broader economy strong in the face of the Covid-19 shock. 

Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn said, “Building and construction is vital to the national economy...