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New CPD to build industry understanding

NCC CPD courses will be launching in mid-late 2020, giving building and plumbing practitioners an opportunity to undertake online, self-paced and affordable training to advance their knowledge of the NCC.

Published: 30 June 2020


Tax for HVAC tradies: what work-related expenses can I claim?

As tax time rolls around, it’s time for workers in the HVAC industry to prepare their tax returns. Here are the work-related expenses you can claim.

Published: 26 June 2020


COVID-19 Guidelines for Victorian Building Industry: Version 4

Latest version of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria's Building and Construction Industry now available.

Published: 26 June 2020


QBCC warns licensed contractors to submit Annual Financial Reporting now

If you're a licensed contractor in QLD and you haven't submitted your Annual Financial Report to the QBCC yet, there’s still time—but be quick.

Published: 24 June 2020

Guidelines to managing safety-in-design in the HVAC industry

Safety-in-design is a statutory responsibility for all those involved in building services design and construction, so it is important that we have effective end-to-end procedures that manage our safety-in-design responsibilities.

Published: 11 June 2020


Ventilation can help reduce risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19

HVAC systems can help reduce the risk of airborne transmission, but should be considered as just part of a broader strategy to limit the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Published: 1 June 2020


AMCA welcomes new Executive Director in QLD and NSW

The AMCA is pleased to announce that Adrian Shackleton started work this week as Executive Director of both AMCA Queensland and AMCA New South Wales.

Published: 28 May 2020


Industrialised Construction: The way to rebound from COVID-19

New white paper says the industrialisation of construction can help lead the sector through the COVID-19 while transforming the industry into a higher-performing and more sustainable model.

Published: 8 May 2020


Building owners and managers advised to prepare HVAC systems for the return of workers

Before reopening after a period of shutdown, building heating and cooling systems should be thoroughly inspected and serviced to avoid health and safety risks.

Published: 6 May 2020


WorkSafe webinar on industrial manslaughter

WorkSafe Victoria will be hosting a free webinar on the Industrial Manslaughter legislation, which comes into effect 1 July.

Published: 29 April 2020


ATO extends time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme

The ATO has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.

Published: 27 April 2020


COVID-19 Guidelines for Victorian Building Industry: Version 3

Latest version of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria's Building and Construction Industry now available.

Published: 21 April 2020


With Cbus, you are not alone

Cbus Chair, Steve Bracks AC and CEO, David Atkin, have recorded a message about how Cbus is set up to manage super through these turbulent times.

Published: 21 April 2020


ASHRAE statements on COVID19 and HVAC

ASHRAE has published two statements regarding COVID-19 and the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

Published: 14 April 2020


QLD Government releases coronavirus FAQ

QLD government confirms ESM should continue throughout COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 9 April 2020


Technical guidelines issued by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) has recently updated Health Technical Advice which provides important information for HVAC project delivery and service and maintenance activity within the Victorian health sector.

Published: 8 April 2020


AMCA welcomes statement from Victorian Treasurer

QLD government confirms ESM should continue throughout COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 8 April 2020


​COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building Industry

Statement released from the Victorian Building Industry Consultative Committee regarding practices on building sites.

Published: 6 April 2020


Government announces $130b JobSeeker Payment

the Federal Government announced a new $130 billion JobKeeper package, which aims to keep workers connected with their employers and keep Australians in jobs.

Published: 3 April 2020


COVID-19: Cbus response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Cbus continues to do all it can to assist members, employers and sponsoring organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published: 27 March 2020

COVID-19: ATO website updated with latest news

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has updated its website with essential information about tax and superannuation changes.

Published: 27 March 2020


COVID-19: Building and construction industry employers and unions unite on COVID-19 safety message

Victorian industry unites to stress the need to follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open.

Published: 25 March 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) declared global health pandemic

The World Health Organisation has formally declared COVID-19 a global health pandemic. Public health officials and experts are encouraging all individuals, businesses and the community at large to do their part to respond to the emerging public healt

Published: 18 March 2020


Cbus works hard to keep members covered

Cbus and other industry stakeholders have engaged closely with government to ensure at risk workers retain automatic insurance protections.

Published: 26 February 2020


NSW Government to recognise Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme

NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has announced major changes to the regulatory regime for fire protection systems.

Published: 25 February 2020


Update your Red Card to nationally recognised White Card

Are you eligible to transfer your Victorian 'Red Card' to a nationally recognised 'White Card'?

Published: 19 February 2020


QLD Government responds to building fairness reform recommendations

The Queensland Government has either accepted or accepted in principle all 20 recommendations proposed in the Building Industry Fairness Reform Report.

Published: 18 February 2020


Expressions of interest needed for fan engineering program

AMCA Tasmania is seeking expressions of interest for a training program targeted at fan engineers who currently work in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry.

Published: 18 February 2020


BIM use by mechanical contractors delivers business value

Join our webinar to learn how mechanical contractors are using BIM to reduce labour and materials costs while improving schedule performance and productivity.

Published: 12 February 2020


HVAC Centre of Excellence wins international award

AMCA and Holmesglen institute recognised for HVAC Centre of Excellence with CIBSE award in the category of Learning and Development.

Published: 12 February 2020


Register your interest for study tour in Seattle

Join a group of AMCA members for an invaluable study tour in Seattle that includes site tours of leading US contractors and global innovators, Amazon and Boeing.

Published: 30 January 2020


Queensland Government to release draft principles for Lean construction

Have your say on the Queensland Government's new draft principles for lean construction on government projects.

Published: 30 January 2020


Plans released for the future of building and construction in NSW

New plans to introduce new ratings system for industry professionals, powers for the building regulator.

Published: 30 January 2020


Smoke haze alert: Keeping your employees safe from bushfire smoke

As bushfires continue to burn across the country, the AMCA is encouraging all members to review relevant health and safety policies.

Published: 30 January 2020


Kickstart the new year with fresh goals

Whether you’re trying to get fitter, quit a bad habit or save a little more – here are a few ideas to help you and your employees put your best foot forward in 2020.

Published: 30 January 2020


AMCA announce Apprentices of the Year at Charity Dinner

Held at the beautiful Adelaide Zoo rotunda, AMCA South Australia proudly announced joint winners of this year's Michael Barnes Apprentice of the Year award.

Published: 18 December 2019


QBCC annual reporting requirements due 31 December

Due 31 December 2019, new reporting requirements aims to ensure every building contractor in Queensland has a strong, financially sustainable business.

Published: 18 December 2019


Government takes next step to strengthen protections against unfair contract terms

A new round of consultations has been announced to explore options to further enhance Unfair Contract Term protections for small business.

Published: 16 December 2019


Victorian research project aims to identify workforce supply challenges

Research project to inform recommendations for improvements to workforce supply and quality in the Victorian building and construction industry.

Published: 16 December 2019


New legislation to combat illegal phoenix activity

New legislation before the parliament would impose significant penalties of up to 10 years jail on company directors who are found to have engaged in illegal phoenix activities.

Published: 12 December 2019


Government seeks more harmonious workplaces

Government seeks feedback on ways to improve business productivity, grow wages and reduce industrial conflict through the promotion of harmonious and cooperative workplaces.

Published: 10 December 2019


Fatality highlights risks of working with pressurised pipe

AMCA members are reminder about the dangers of working with pressurised pipe and some of the control measures that can be used to protect workers.

Published: 5 December 2019


Members offer for DA19 available until 31 January 2020.

The AMCA and AIRAH are pleased to announce that AMCA members can buy the new hard copy edition of DA19 HVAC&R Maintenance at the AIRAH members rate.

Published: 2 December 2019


What do changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law mean for you?

Significant changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law have altered the existing Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations of companies involved in heavy vehicle transport activities.

Published: 15 November 2019


ACT industry gathers to celebrate at annual Gala Dinner

Industry in Canberra celebrate a year of achievement at annual Gala Dinner.

Published: 14 November 2019


​Building reform on agenda at industry forum

AMCA highlights the need for proposed building reforms to better reflect the procurement models and contractual arrangements that currently drive project delivery.

Published: 3 September 2019


Assistant Minister for VET visits HVAC Centre of Excellence

Earlier this month, Assistant Minister for VET, Steve Irons, spent some time with the AMCA touring the new HVAC Centre of Excellence at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in Victoria.

Published: 23 August 2019


BIM-MEP AUS to align with needs of facility managers

BIM-MEP AUS is very excited to announce our latest development to support facilities and asset management by teaming up with Virtual Buildings Information System.

Published: 21 August 2019


Building 4.0: Industry bids for funding to revolutionise construction

A consortium that includes LendLease, Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Donovan Group have submitted a $28 million funding bid to revolutionise the way buildings are delivered in Australia.

Published: 20 August 2019


Do the new Victorian labour-hire licensing laws apply to you?

Companies that provide workers to other businesses as a part of their primary operations may be required to have a labour-hire services licence by 30 October 2019.

Published: 15 August 2019


Annual Industry Dinner and Social Media Channels

AMCA South Australia is excited to announce the date for our Annual Industry Dinner, as well as the launch of new social media channels to keep members informed.

Published: 15 August 2019


New national standard for public sector construction contracts

The new national standard for public sector construction contracts aims to improve the efficiency of project delivery and reduce the potential for contractual disputes.

Published: 15 August 2019


AMCA appears at ACT inquiry into building quality

AMCA states the need for mechanical services to be a licensed trade; emphasises importance of training for new workers.

Published: 8 August 2019


Aussie swimming legend to host VIC industry awards

AMCA Victoria is excited to announce that Australian swimming legend, Nicole Livingstone, will host this year's training achievement awards.

Published: 5 August 2019


AMCA makes submission to NSW Building Stronger Foundations review

In responding to the Building Stronger Foundations discussion paper, AMCA NSW has emphasised the need to recognise the broader context in which projects are delivered.

Published: 25 July 2019


Book now for VIC Industry Dinner and Training Awards

AMCA Victoria's annual Industry and Training Achievement Awards will be held on 7 September at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne.

Published: 18 July 2019


AMCA South Australia appoints new Executive Director

The AMCA is excited to announce the appointment of Demi Brown as the new Executive Director of AMCA South Australia

Published: 17 July 2019


New Trades and Water Centre of Excellence planned for Hobart

Tasmanian government commits $7 million for a new centre of excellence; however, funding from the Commonwealth Government still required.

Published: 17 July 2019


AMCA meets with ACT government regarding mechanical services

Licensing and training on the agenda as AMCA meets with AMCA government to discuss building quality.

Published: 16 July 2019


Industry groups release joint statement calling for reform

Key industry groups representing a broad spectrum of the building and construction industry have released a joint statement on building standards and encouraging governments to take coordinated action.

Published: 16 July 2019


NSW proposes new class of 'building designers' among other reforms

Numerous reform proposals aim to improve the compliance of building work in NSW.

Published: 16 July 2019


AMCA responds to QLD consultation on mechanical services licensing

AMCA expresses support for Queensland’s proposed mechanical services licensing regime covering medical gas, plumbing and air conditioning and refrigeration work.

Published: 16 July 2019


New requirements for fire safety statements in NSW

Building owners and practitioners in NSW will need to adhere to new requirements for fire safety statements.

Published: 16 July 2019


New Whistleblower Laws - Are you ready?

On 1 July 2019, new laws came into effect creating new protections for corporate whistleblowers and severe penalties for a breach of obligations.

Published: 16 July 2019


End of financial year: What you need to know

The team at Cbus share a few tips about what you need to know before this end of financial year.

Published: 18 June 2019


Top issues facing small building and construction businesses

The Cbus Small Business Insights Report surveys more than 900 Cbus employers from the Australian building and construction industry.​

Published: 3 June 2019


What does the Federal Budget 2019-20 mean for you?

Based on their unique insight into Australian building and construction businesses, Cbus provides you with an overview of what the Federal Budget might mean for your business.

Published: 3 June 2019


Leading US health provider to present at Construction Innovation Forum

The AMCA is excited to announce that leading US health care provider, Mercy Health, will team up with ENGworks at this year's forum to present on how they are using an Enhanced Integration (EI) process to connect and optimise all aspects of the facil

Published: 24 May 2019


BIM-MEP AUS release new Discipline and Roles Guideline

BIM-MEPAUS is excited to announce the release of a new Discipline and Roles Guidelines, providing project teams and asset managers with a framework for defining and coordinating design services, work packages and BIM models.

Published: 24 May 2019


Future:Air: Challenges and opportunities

Industry leaders from United States, European Union and Australia share their thoughts on the future of air conditioning and refrigeration.

Published: 23 May 2019


NCC 2019 commences

The National Construction Code 2019 commenced this month; however, a 12-month transition period applies for all energy efficiency provisions in Section J.

Published: 23 May 2019


Acclaimed strategist to deliver business planning workshop at AMCA Conference

The AMCA is excited to announce that internationally renowned strategist, Dr Graham Kenny, will deliver a tailored business planning workshop at this year’s AMCA National Conference.

Published: 23 May 2019


Nominations open for Victorian Training Achievement Awards

AMCA Victoria’s Training Achievement Awards aims to recognise apprentices and trainees who have achieved excellence when undertaking training with AMCA member companies.

Published: 23 May 2019


Final Call: Funding available for women's leadership development

Last chance to nominate someone for grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction sector.

Published: 23 May 2019


Australian Construction Market Report - May 2019

Having increased by around 11% last financial year, growth is expected to moderate in the Non-residential building sector over the next two years.

Published: 23 May 2019


Sydney Construction Law Conference 2019

McCullough Robertson, one of Australia's most respected construction law firms, invites AMCA members to attend their annual Construction Law Conference at the Westin Hotel, Sydney, on Wednesday June 12.

Published: 23 May 2019


Register Now! BILT ANZ 2019

The annual BILT conference brings together a community of professional who are dedicated to improving the way industry works together.

Published: 10 May 2019


Funding available for women's leadership development

Women & Leadership Australia is providing grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction sector.

Published: 12 April 2019


Leading US contractor to present at this year’s Construction Innovation Forum

The AMCA is excited to announce the return of crowd favourite and Vice President of Corporate Technology at The Hill Group (USA), Dave Pikey, as our latest keynote presenter at the tenth Construction Innovation Forum.

Published: 12 April 2019


ATO release information on claimable tax

The Australian Taxation Office has released a series of factsheets and videos to assist those working in the building and construction industry with their tax claims.

Published: 12 April 2019


Register now for AIRAH Section J Seminar

Get familiar with the key changes in Section J of the National Construction Code by attending the upcoming seminar series hosted by AIRAH.

Published: 12 April 2019


BIM-MEP AUS launch new data management tool

BIM-MEP AUS is excited to announce a major step forward for managing project and asset data with the launch of the tool form managing shared parameters.

Published: 12 April 2019


Construction Innovation Forum - Celebrating 10 Years

The excitement around the Construction Innovation 2019 Forum is gathering momentum as we celebrate our tenth year. This year marks the return of Dave Pikey from The Hill Group - a US mechanical contractor - Vice President of Corporate Technology and

Published: 11 April 2019


BIM-MEP AUS - Launch New Data Management Tool

We are excited to announce a major step forward for managing project and asset data - The new BIM-MEP AUS shared parameter table contains a list of standardised parameters established through the BMA industry workshops.

Published: 11 April 2019

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AMCA recognised as leader in digital construction

In the March edition of Infrastructure Magazine, an in-depth profile of the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy cited BIM-MEP AUS as a prime example of the benefits that can be achieved by a strategic approach to digital engineering and construction.

Published: 11 April 2019


New blueprint for suicide prevention in construction industry

Earlier this month, Mates in Construction launched its Blueprint for Better Mental Health to assist in suicide prevention for workers in the construction industry.

Published: 11 April 2019


Women & Leadership Australia

Mid to late last year Women and Leadership Australia's (WLA) 100 Days for Change campaign encouraged all organisations and individuals to make one simple pledge to advance workplace gender equality. WLA would like to build on the gender equality mome

Published: 11 April 2019


BIM-MEP AUS Events - Sydney | Melbourne | Auckland

Thank you to those who attended our recent function in Sydney - it was great to reconnect with friends and hear the positive feedback on the direction AMCA and BIM-MEP AUS are taking to help drive construction innovation through standardised modellin

Published: 11 April 2019


Super industry rallies to protect automatic insurance cover for employees

Working together with other industry super funds, Cbus was successful recently in preventing changes to legislation that would have left young construction workers without insurance.

Published: 11 April 2019


Federal Budget 2019-20: Summary

The Coalition Government handed down its final Budget before the federal election next month, serving as a useful guide as to the issues that are likely to hold prominence over the coming campaign.

Published: 5 April 2019


Weatherfoil delivers on world class catamaran

Saint John Paul II, the world's second largest catamaran, departed Hobart last month bound for the Mediterranean and carrying a HVAC system proudly delivered by AMCA member, Weatherfoil.

Published: 8 March 2019


ACCC to focus on unfair contract terms and practices in construction industry

Unfair contract terms and practices in the building industry have been identified as priority focus areas for the ACCC in 2019; however, more input from industry is required to build an evidence base for stronger policy action.

Published: 7 March 2019


March 11: World Plumbing Day

On March 11, industry will celebrate World Plumbing Day and the important role that plumbing plays in improving public health and living standards; however, millions still lack access to a safe, readily available water supply and sanitation.

Published: 7 March 2019


Technical update - New centrifugal pump suite of standards

BIM-MEPAUS is excited to release a new suite of centrifugal pump standards, including a revised specification, industry product data template and associated Revit families' -- all with enhanced multi-discipline functionality.

Published: 7 March 2019


Labor Party announce policy on cascading trusts

Labor's latest policy announcement aims to ensure subcontractors are protected from insolvencies, while proposed litigation fund aims improves access to justice.

Published: 7 March 2019


Tax concierge service now open to small business

Small business taxpayers facing an adverse tax decision by the Australian Tax Office will now be able to contact the office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman for assistance.

Published: 7 March 2019


Register now for Future:Air seminar series

Global thought leaders to headline a series of breakfast seminars in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne between May 20 and 24.

Published: 21 February 2019


Safety and compliance top of Building Ministers' agenda

Australian building ministers reaffirm commitment to action on building safety and compliance, and set national plan for zero energy and carbon buildings.

Published: 21 February 2019


Save the Date: 10th Annual Construction Innovation Forum 2019

To be held on August 22 & 23 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this year’s Construction Innovation Forum will once again feature an exciting line-up of local and international thought leaders presenting on the future of built environ

Published: 21 February 2019


AMCA golf day held at prestigious Huntingdale Golf Club

On February 11, AMCA welcomed over one hundred players for a round at one of Australia's most prestigious championship golf courses.

Published: 21 February 2019


NSW announce building industry reforms

Building Commissioner and mandatory registration of building practitioners planned in industry shake up.

Published: 21 February 2019


NSW & VIC share top spot in State of the States report

Population growth and a strong jobs market drive retail spending and business investment in both NSW and VIC.

Published: 21 February 2019


Register Now: NCC 2019 Seminar Series

Following the preview release of all three volumes of the 2019 National Construction Code, the AMCA encourages members to register for the ABCB’s seminar series. Seminars will be held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney fr

Published: 21 February 2019


AMCA feedback evident in preview of National Construction Code 2019

A preview of the National Construction Code 2019 is now available from the ABCB website.

Published: 6 February 2019


Victoria moves ahead with framework for Digital Asset Strategy

With around $78.9 billion worth of state capital projects to be commenced, developed or delivered in the coming year, the Victorian Government this week formally released a strategic framework to underpin their previously announced Victorian Digital

Published: 5 February 2019


COAG Energy Council announce trajectory for low energy buildings

COAG Energy Ministers have agreed to a national plan to establish a trajectory for Australian buildings to achieve net zero energy and net zero carbon.

Published: 4 February 2019


AMCA Responds to Review of Unfair Contract Term Protections for Small Business

AMCA encourages government to make unfair contract term protections more accessible to small businesses operating in building and construction industry

Published: 21 December 2018


Season's greetings, end of year reflections and AMCA office hours

On behalf of the AMCA and all our staff across the country, we wish all members and their families a safe, happy and restful Christmas and New Year.

Published: 20 December 2018


AMCA Victoria to hold annual golf day at prestigious Huntingdale Golf Club

AMCA Victoria is pleased to announced that our Annual Golf Day will be held at the prestigious Huntingdale Golf Club on 11 February, 2019.

Published: 7 December 2018


AMCA raises procurement as an ACIF policy priority

Procurement practices and contract conditions to be one of the key policy priorities of the Australian Construction Industry Forum heading into the federal election.

Published: 5 December 2018


AMCA pushes important member issues at federal parliament

The AMCA walked the halls of parliament this week to meet with key political figures on important issues for the building and construction industry.

Published: 5 December 2018


Master Builders Victoria appoints Rebecca Casson as new CEO

AMCA welcomes appointment of Rebecca Casson as new CEO of Master Builders Victoria, and thanks outgoing CEO Radley de Silva for 17 years working to improve the building and construction industry.

Published: 1 November 2018


Victoria's Future Industries strategy drives job growth

Victoria's Future Industries Strategy drives jobs growth ac