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  • Where can I find drainage details for balconies?

    February 22, 2021

    This is a common question the technical team receives on a regular basis as there are no specific details in the NCC or relevant Australian Standards, on how to drain a balcony?

  • Vapour barriers - are you using the correct material?

    February 11, 2021

    The NCC has specific requirements in relation to the material you must use for a vapour barrier, but are you aware of the requirements and does the product you are using, meet these requirements?

  • Raising awareness of safety standards for heavy vehicles in the construction industry

    February 12, 2021

    Conducted by Holcim to raise awareness and improve safety in the industry, to support safer working environments and pick up safety best practice tips from the experts.

  • Are You Impacted by the New Commercial Drone Laws?

    January 29, 2021

    New penalties will now be enforced against construction businesses which operate unregistered drones across Australia.

  • Are you ready for the business shutdown period over Christmas?

    December 10, 2020

    HIA is aware that with Christmas fast approaching it is time to start thinking about your obligations as an employer as well as your building contract obligations for the annual shut-down period.

  • Meter boxes in brickwork and steel lintels

    November 13, 2020

    It has become common practice to install an electrical or other meter box without installing a steel lintel above it to support the brickwork above. But is this acceptable and does this actually comply with the code?

  • Is your plumbing or drainage product WaterMark certified?

    August 31, 2020

    Most plumbing and drainage products used in Australia must be WaterMark certified. How can you check if the product is certified?

  • Moisture content and timber floors - getting it right!

    July 09, 2020

    Timber flooring is unique in character and appearance as no two trees are exactly the same. Although there are similarities, each timber floor has a certain uniqueness.

  • New insulation standard

    July 09, 2020

    The introduction of NCC 2019 has included a new version of the insulation standard which can affect the R-Value of some insulation products.

  • Important survey of employers on use of the temporary JobKeeper provisions of the Fair Work Act

    July 02, 2020

    In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Australian Government introduced a number of temporary flexibilities to the Fair Work Act 2009 to enable employers who are entitled to receive the JobKeeper payment to vary working arrangements for eligible employees in order to keep people employed.

  • First industrial manslaughter conviction

    June 18, 2020

    In a first for Australia, a company was convicted of industrial manslaughter. Its directors were sentenced to imprisonment and fined $3 million.

  • NCC 2019 Out of Cycle Amendment

    May 27, 2020

    At the request of Building Ministers, the ABCB has once again moved to break the three year cycle with an out of cycle amendment.

  • Insulating your home

    April 30, 2020

    Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and assists in keeping the home cool in summer and warm in winter

  • Managing workplace safety and employees mental health

    March 16, 2020

    Even though mandatory self-isolation is now in place, exposure to COVID–19 may present a health and safety risk to workers and other persons at a workplace.

  • Maximum weekly hours of work

    February 04, 2021

    The Fair Work Act and the Building and Construction General Onsite Award 2010 (Onsite Award) details whether employees can be asked to work more than 38 hours per week and the correct rate of payment that should be made if employees do work more than 38 hours per week.

  • New requirements - Payment Times reporting framework

    September 09, 2020

    If you are a large business with an annual income of over $100 million you will be required to submit a Payment Times Report to the new Payment Times Reporting Regulator. These reports will be made publically available on a Payment Times Reports Register.

  • Reminder - Modern Award wages to increase from November

    October 21, 2020

    Earlier in the year, the Fair Work Commission handed down their annual minimum wage decision, awarding a 1.75 percent increase.

  • What are you doing about your IT security?

    February 04, 2021

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre estimates that Australian Small Businesses (business with less than 20 employees), including those in the residential construction industry, lose $300 million per year due to cyber theft. Builders, trade contractors and clients have been targeted, with significant money lost due to information technology systems (IT) being hacked.

  • When should an employees termination payment be made?

    October 19, 2020

    The Building and Construction General Onsite Award 2010 (Onsite Award) sets out timeframes regarding the payment of wages and other entitlements when the employment relationship ends.

  • Is COVID-19 impacting your workplace?

    March 12, 2020

    All employers should be taking precautions to actively manage their business’ exposure to health and safety risks arising from Coronavirus.