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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HIA online system issues

    March 09, 2020

    We are currently experiencing several issues with a number of our systems.

  • Are you experiencing delays in construction work?

    April 07, 2020

    Delays in getting building supply can negatively impact your building projects, including finishing times and timeframes for starting new jobs. Your building contract includes some protection for you if this does occur, but every situation is different so it’s important to understand what changes you can and cannot act on if delays in your supply chain do start to impact your projects.

  • Changes to ATO Business Portal (Auskey)

    February 18, 2020

    AUSkey system has been criticised and over the past year the government has been implementing a new system called myGovID and RAM (Relationship Authorisation Manager) for businesses to use online government services.

  • New laws to stop phoenixing

    February 14, 2020

    New laws are being introduced to address illegal corporate phoenixing refers to a situation when a company operates in the usual way, taking money and incurring debts, but is placed in liquidation to purposely avoid paying those debts.

  • Accessible Housing Proposals released for comment

    August 05, 2020

    The ABCB recently released a consultation paper looking at the impacts with introducing mandatory accessible housing features in the NCC 2022. Find out more on the proposals and how to provide comment on this important matter that will have significant impacts for all new homes and apartments.

  • Changes to the Clerks Award

    December 11, 2019

    Do you pay your clerical employees an annual salary? If you do, you need to be aware of a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) concerning annualised salary arrangements.