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How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

Revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) come into effect on 1 March 2017. The changes were negotiated by Senator Nick Xenophon, who labeled the amendments a "sea change" and "unambiguously good for Australian industry".

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New appointment at SLR Consulting

New appointment at SLR Consulting

SLR Consulting have announced the appointment of Alex Campbell to lead the Infrastructure sector in Asia Pacific.

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Mandating BIM in the UK - Part II

Mandating BIM in the UK - Part II

The UK is one of the only countries in the world to have mandated the use of BIM in construction after government decided it could gain better value and greater efficiency with projects in the public sector.

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Unfair contract terms with small businesses: implications for the Australian construction industry

Unfair contract terms with small businesses: implications for the Australian construction industry

The unfair contract term prohibitions in Australia's Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) were recently extended to cover standard form contracts with small businesses

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High Court decision: reference dates necessary for valid payment claims

High Court decision: reference dates necessary for valid payment claims

In its first decision concerning the construction industry's security of payments laws, the High Court's judgment this week in Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 52 has delivered a clear message to claimants and those responding to claims that there must be a "reference date" for the claim to be valid.

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Heads working together in the Cloud

Heads working together in the Cloud

There is no doubt that software solutions for the construction sector are becoming more sophisticated and beneficial not only from the design but to the construction and ongoing maintenance of the project.

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What's holding up cash flow in construction?

What's holding up cash flow in construction?

Ongoing investment in working capital management, particularly billing and collections processes, is vital to the construction and engineering sector, but research undertaken by the McGrathNicol Cash and Working Capital Centre of Excellence shows some businesses still aren't getting it right.

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Employment in the construction sector remains on track for 2017

Employment in the construction sector remains on track for 2017

The most recent Hays Quarterly Report, covering January to March 2017, has found demand for employees in the construction sector remains buoyant and on track for 2017.

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PART II - Practising Lean Construction

PART II - Practising Lean Construction

In the second of a two part series on lean construction processes, Marton Marosszeky discusses how lean thinking works in construction and the benefits experienced by clients, contractors and what the limitations and opportunities are for the sector.

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Changes on the horizon - Qld reforms to secure payments for subcontractors

Changes on the horizon - Qld reforms to secure payments for subcontractors

On November 23, 2016, the Queensland government announced a plan to introduce an array of new measures to ensure security of payment for subcontractors (see footnote 1). The plan anticipates that by January 1, 2019, every construction project in Queensland over $1 million will be required to operate a Project Bank Account (PBA). To get the ball rolling, the Queensland government plans to introduce PBAs on all government projects between $1 million and $10 million from the beginning of 2018.

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