RESEARCH & REPORTS

Spotlight shone on Australian states' construction activity

The latest CommSec State of the States report found that in five of the eight Australian states and territories, construction work was higher than decade averages for the March 2017 quarter, with the Northern Territory showing the strongest levels of activity and Western Australia having the weakest.

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Building Queensland identifies priority infrastructure proposals

The Palaszczuk government has welcomed the release of Building Queensland's latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report, which identified 23 priority proposals for the Queensland state government to consider.

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Suicide a major issue with Queensland construction workers

Based on The Courier Mail's story, dozens of Queensland construction workers are dying or facing serious injury each year because of suicide attempts in a crisis causing emotional and financial turmoil across the state.

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Auditor-General finds Victorian roads are rapidly deteriorating

The condition of Victoria's roads have rapidly deteriorated as vehicle usage is on the rise and VicRoads' government funding and maintenance spending has fallen, according to the latest Victorian Auditory General's Office (VAGO) report.

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Strengthening STEM skills

Ai Group has released a report looking at ways to instil Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills and interests in students.

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Suppliers owed large sums of cash by large builders

According to the latest report by credit card reporting organisation Dunn & Bradstreet, large builders throughout Australia have been holding onto cash owed to suppliers and subcontractors, and are using muscle to pay invoices later than their smaller counterparts.

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Franchising public transport could deliver $15.5B in new services funding

New data from Infrastructure Australia shows that subjecting the operation of Australia's government-operated bus and rail services to competitive tender processes could save Australian taxpayers up to $15.5 billion by 2040, which would then be re-invested into new transport services.

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Three cost-effective alternatives to replacing your crane

There are a number of valid reasons to consider replacing an overhead crane. Your application or production demands may have changed; statutory requirements may have changed; or critical components are reaching the end of their economic service life.

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Top global marine cranes vendors

Technavio has announced the top five global marine crane vendors in its recently released Global Marine Crane Market 2017-2021 report.

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Sydney remains most expensive place to build: Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend's International Construction Market Survey 2017 has found that construction costs in Australia remain stable compared to the rest of the world, with Sydney rated as the most expensive place in Australia to build.

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