CEO Update 22 February 2019
This week the MBA received the results from our 2019 member survey. Thank you to all of our members who provided feedback through this survey.
The survey sought feedback from three groups - members, lapsed and prospective members, and consumers. The survey confirms that the Master Builders brand is strong and that it stands for quality in the building and construction industry. Consumers who have built in the past 12 months or are looking to build in the next 12 months are highly influenced by a builder or contractor who holds MBA membership.
The survey reveals that members value building kept up to date with industry news, changes in building codes and legislation and having access to reliable advice and support.
A number of suggestions for improvements and new member services were made. We will be assessing the research and suggestions in detail over the coming months, and look forward to bringing you more information about how we improve our value offered to members in response.
According to the survey, one of the most valued services offered is training and apprentices. This year we celebrate 50 years since the MBA ACT started its group apprenticeship scheme, the first such scheme to be introduce in Australia. If you are a former MBA apprentice, cadet, student or if you have had any involvement in our history, we would love to hear from you. Look out for more information about our 50th year celebration this year.
In relation to changes in government legislation, there were two important announcements this week:
- The legislative assembly committee reported on the inquiry into DV350. This Territory Plan variation affects certain residential leases and was introduced with interim effect, negatively impacting many members who had commenced projects, but not received development approval. The MBA recommended a transition period be introduced which would allow impacted members time to respond to the new changes, however the committee did not accept our recommendations. A dissenting report was tabled supporting many of the MBA's recommendations.
- National Capital Plan Amendment No. 91 - City and Gateway Urban Design Provisions is currently under public consultation. The MBA is working with other industry associations to lodge a submission to this amendment. If you are affected, please contact our office to discuss your concerns with the proposed amendment.