Victorian Government to boost building and development during COVID-19

The Victorian government has announced it will established a taskforce “to help keep the state’s building and development industry running through the coronavirus crisis.” The Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce will be overseen by planning and housing minister Richard Wynne and treasurer Tim Pallas. Leadlease senior executive Roger Teale, chair of the Victorian Planning Authority Jude…

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$24.5 million COVID-19 support package for WA construction apprentices

The Western Australian Government has announced a $24.5 million support package for workers in the building and construction industry to assist them through the COVID-19 pandemic. The package, which will provide immediate relief to construction apprentices and trainees, and their employers, aims to maintain a skilled workforce throughout the crisis. The package includes $10 million…

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REVISED JOBKEEPER REGISTRATION TERMS

The Morrison Government’s historic $130 billion JobKeeper payment will support millions of Australian jobs and help cushion the blow from the severe economic impact from the coronavirus. The $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment is the equivalent of about 70 per cent of the median wage and represents about 100 per cent of the median wage…

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NSW government may buy up spare housing in $500 million stimulus plan

The Berejiklian government is considering a $500 million property spending spree, snapping up unsold apartments and fast-tracking construction as part of its coronavirus economic recovery plan. A cabinet briefing paper, prepared by the government’s Land and Housing Corporation, says a “housing-focused stimulus package” would accelerate development and boost employment in NSW. The paper, which is…

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LOUISE AZZOPARDI

Just to introduce myself, I am a Heavy Vehicle and Plant Mechanic Trainer and Assessor at Westrac NSW/ACT. I started my work journey at 15 when I started my Heavy Vehicle apprenticeship, which I completed when I was 19. I loved being hands on and being able to have the satisfaction of repairing a truck,…

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WHEN CRISIS STRIKES, LEAD WITH HUMANITY

The writer George Saunders has a fitting analogy for the current Covid-19 moment: We’ve slipped on ice but haven’t hit the pavement yet. We’re caught in a suspended state between losing control and feeling the full impact. The comparison points to a paradoxical tension that leaders must manage: providing direction, guidance, and reassurance while acknowledging…

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