Archived News for Industry Professionals - September, 2012
The Victorian Government has handed the terms of reference to the Construction Code Compliance Unit (CCCU) to undertake an extensive investigation and report on the current state of compliance with the law and codes of practices in the Victorian building and construction industry.
The High Court of Australia has announced it will remit its rail access application back to the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT), meaning it could now declare relevant railways open for third party access.
The Federal Government has announced the grant of seven new offshore petroleum permits as part of the second round of the 2011 Exploration Acreage Release.
Building giant Grocon and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) have announced an agreement to return to talks under the conditions of a settlement reached with Fair Work Australia.
Master Builders Australia has bemoaned the disappointing housing finance results published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, saying it shows little sign of an imminent recovery.
The Western Australian Government has released the preferred planned rail line to Perth airport, with State Transport Minister Troy Buswell saying it will significantly improve access to and from the city.
The Federal Government has announced that the $190 million Townsville Port Access Road is progressing on time and will be completed and open to traffic by Christmas.
The Australian Industry Group has been pushing the case for national licensing for certain trade occupations, arguing that a consistent national system would improve productivity and deliver the greater labour mobility.
The mining industry has reacted angrily to the Queensland Government's decision to increase state taxes on coal from 10% to 12.5% for every tonne of coal sold between $100 and $150. Coal traded over that price will be taxed 15%. The Government hopes to raise $1.6 billion over the next four years from the increased taxes to help address the state deficit of nearly $11 billion.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will chair a special cabinet committee to examine the impacts of government regulation on the mining industry.
The Resources Cabinet Committee, announced in this week’s budget, will comprise: