This week the MBA team have been busy at national meetings, finalising an important submission on building quality, preparing for the 2019 apprentice intake and training program, and continuing to work with the ACT Government on the WHS amendments and Secure Local Jobs Code.
- ACT members took out four awards at last week's MBA National Building Awards - Brother Projects won the National Luxury Project Home ($1 Million - $2 Million) award; Downer EDI Works won the National Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award (commercial); Manteena Commercial won the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award - under $5 million; and Hindmarsh Construction Australia won the National Medium Density Award for Over 5 Dwellings for the Blue-Sky Student Accommodation Project in South Australia.
- MBA lodged its submission to the ACT Inquiry into Building Quality on Thursday. Highlighting more than 200 pages of previous reviews, recommendations and research by the MBA ACT and MBA Australia, the ACT Government and the recent Building Confidence Report, MBA's message is simple - it's time to stop talking and start implementing these recommendations.
- Despite amendments to the WHS law and the new Secure Local Jobs Code commencing in January 2019, the ACT Government is rushing to be ready to implement these laws. We are working productively with ACT Government officials, including the newly appointed Secure Local Jobs Registrar, to ensure industry is as prepared as can be for their commencement day. Any member needing advice on these two new laws are encouraged to contact the MBA.
- The 2019 apprentice intake is looking strong and the quality of candidates high. We have already made a number of offers for 2019 apprentice places, and thanks to support from the ACT Government, there has been an increase in women commencing carpentry apprenticeships.
- Finally, the MBA Group Training 2019 training calendar has been posted to our web site so that members can book early for training courses in 2019.