Victoria is raising minimum rental standards – it’s good news for tenants and the environment

Following the lead of countries like New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Australian states and territories are moving slowly towards improving the basic quality and performance of rental housing.

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This one change to new builds could spark thousands in savings for ratepayers

A new report has revealed that ratepayers could zap their home's power bills and carbon footprint with a single change to building regulations.

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Prefabs and the ‘missing middle’: how to get Australia back on track to build 1.2 million homes in the next 5 years

Building “missing middle” housing types such as low-rise apartments, townhouses and duplexes could get the Government's home building goals over the line.

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DIY disasters are costing Aussie households hundreds

DIY attempts are on the rise as Aussies attempt to keep budgets down. But new data reveals our ‘have-a-go’ mentality is costing us more in the long run.

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“It does not make any sense”: Tradies miss out on priority visa

Builders have been left “flummoxed” over the government’s baffling decision to leave tradies off the priority migrant skills list.

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Rapid rise in power tool thefts screwing over tradies

Tradies have been urged to build up their tool security after a rapid rise in equipment theft over the last year.

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Union boss demands the AFL sack its “anti-worker” top umpire

A construction union boss has threatened to shut down AFL-linked job sites until the league sacks head umpire Stephen McBurney.

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Top 5 forgotten tradie tax deductions – have you been missing out?

With tax time just around the corner, June presents tradies with the perfect opportunity to dig up forgotten ways to maximise their tax return. 

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Opinion: Nuclear power makes no sense for Australia – but it’s a useful diversion from real climate action

Nuclear power is not feasible for Australia. It is too slow, too expensive and inappropriate for our energy needs.

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Heat mapping tool to help construction bosses left sweating over future heatwaves

a new nationwide heat mapping tool is set to help Aussie construction workers cool off the effects of extreme heat waves while on the job. 

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Engineers’ blazing breakthrough to fireproof power poles

Engineers in Australia have found a new way to make power-pole insulators resistant to fire and electrical sparking, promising to prevent dangerous pole-top fires and reduce blackouts.  

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Big batteries are solving a longstanding problem with solar power in California. Can they do the same for Australia?

The United States is showing there is a clear solution to meeting energy demand – use grid-scale batteries to store excess solar power for use later that evening.

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State budget hands builders and homeowners a win

Builders have applauded NSW's commitment to plug up the state's housing shortage by tearing down supply barriers for home builders. 

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Skills shortage sees salaries spike for construction workers

Australia’s current affordability crisis is forcing construction business owners to boost employee pay packets or risk them walking out the door. 

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