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As Lifted Restrictions Help Bolster The Victorian Construction Industry, Safety Remains Paramount

As Lifted Restrictions Help Bolster The Victorian Construction Industry, Safety Remains Paramount

13 days ago By Emily Harris
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With Victoria in the midst of their lockdown ‘exit strategy‘, state leaders and commentators are already debating the best ways to super charge the state’s economy, and the construction industry looks to play an integral role.

Since the second stage of Melbourne’s ‘roadmap to recovery’ was announced on September 27th, large-scale construction companies have been able to increase their workforce from 25% to 85% and specialist contractors on smaller scale sights can now visit up to five sites per week, with a maximum of two sites per day.  According to Victorian premiere Dan Andrews these new regulations will help to ensure key construction projects (social housing, transport infrastructure and commercial building work) can be fast-tracked in order to help stimulate Victoria’s economy.

However, according to Chief Executive Officer of Master Builders Victoria Rebecca Cason, while the easing of restrictions is welcome news to the Victorian construction industry, ‘it.’

A big concern for the industry moving forward is safety; ensuring that construction sites – especially large scale sites- can continue to minimise the risk of transmission and infection rates in order to remain safe and open. Considering that construction was outlined as a key recovery strategy in the Australian Federal Budget, with millions of dollars across the country being invested into new builds and the jobs they’ll create, keeping sites safe and open is vitally important.  

Which is why Master Builders Victoria has partnered with unions and employer groups to produce a new campaign that reinforces the importance of COVID safe measures onsite and emphasises the need for solidarity among workers to enable the entire industry to get back to full capacity. The campaign has translated its key messages into 15 different languages and cultural contexts, so all workers across the building and construction development industry can stay informed on what they need to do to keep their colleagues and family safe.

The campaign also includes bespoke COVID-19 industry guidelines and safety measures which employers and unions have developed and according to Rebecca Casson, are ahead of government-required regulations.

“This is a fresh campaign aimed to overcome any fatigue in our community and will be dynamic in its messaging over the next few months, to ensure worksites remain vigilant, safe, and open to lead Victoria’s economic recovery.” She said in a recent press statement.

In addition to managing the safety needs of the industry, Rebecca Casson also suggested that to really get both the construction industry and Victorian economy ‘moving again’, the state government should look into reducing stamp duty, alongside reducing red tape and levies related to building and construction, which would incentivise the activity that the economy needs.

Master Builders Victoria are continuing to discuss these potential measures with federal and state government, in order to ensure their industry can continue to hit the ground running as restrictions ease further. In the meantime, Victorian construction workers can rejoice as many projects previously on hold, are restarting with a renewed vengeance as more workers and potentially new starters are allowed onsite.

 

VICTORIAN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES 

Senior Project Manager

Location: Melbourne

Contract Type: Permanent

Job Summary: An established builder who work on projects of up to $15 across a plethora of sectors is looking for a Senior Project Manager to join their team. The successful applicant will get full support from Ca’s, Site Managers and a team of Construction Managers and start work on a project portfolio consisting of a $2m, $5m, $5m & $8m, all at varying build stages.

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Contract Administrator

Location: Melbourne

Contract Type: Permanent

Job Summary : A company with a fantastic reputation in Aged care, Apartments and the Commercial & Education space is looking for a Contract Administrator to oversee a large value education project in the North West suburbs of Melbourne. The successful applicants would be responsible for updating contact registers, finalising claims and monitoring compliance of contract requirements to name a few.

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Site Manager- Tier 2

Location: Melbourne Inner Suburbs

Contract Type: Permanent

Job Summary: One of our Tier 2 clients are looking for a Site Manager to oversee a newly awarded large value project. The company has built a fantastic reputation within the Age Care, Apartments, Commercial and Education Space and is looking for someone with previous project experience in the Education, Aged Care, Defence or Health space and is comforatble in running projects in excess of $40m from inception to completion.

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CONTACT US

To find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to our team of consultants for a confidential chat about the job market and upcoming opportunities within construction in Victoria, you can contact us here: info@designandbuild.com.au

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