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Four months, one rectification order: ACT's building crackdown

Four months, one rectification order: ACT's building crackdown

The ACT government's much-promoted building regulatory taskforce has issued just one rectification notice to a Canberra construction firm since it started operating in July.

  • by Daniel Burdon

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Canberra Now: Best laid off-the-plans; health considers cost-cutting
Construction

Canberra Now: Best laid off-the-plans; health considers cost-cutting

Plus, a familiar face returns to breakfast radio.

  • by Amy Martin
Buying off the plan? Just read the small print
Property market

Buying off the plan? Just read the small print

It seems obvious: if a new property is advertised as a certain size, then that's the size your finished home will be. But there's a legal snag.

  • by Steve Evans
Government rejects calls to delay start to proposed jobs code
Canberra

Government rejects calls to delay start to proposed jobs code

Companies that want to tender for ACT government work will need to be audited if draft laws pass the ACT Legislative Assembly.

  • by Katie Burgess
PTA labels tunnel project link to forklift incident as 'ridiculous'
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Workplace safety

PTA labels tunnel project link to forklift incident as 'ridiculous'

The hole that tipped a container forklift off balance in Forrestfield on Tuesday was revealed to have been caused by a soakwell. 

  • by Hamish Hastie
Employers warn housing costs will be pushed up if 'pattern bargaining' is allowed
Construction

Employers warn housing costs will be pushed up if 'pattern bargaining' is allowed

As a crane operators' strike enters its second week employers are anxiously waiting for a Fair Work Commission decision that will clarify the meaning of 'pattern bargaining' in industrial actions.

  • by Dana McCauley
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Perth builder fined for failing to meet safety and building standards
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Perth builder fined for failing to meet safety and building standards

A West Perth builder fined $5000 for failing to meet building standards at an $11 million East Perth development.

  • by staff writers
Strata group calls for ACT government to introduce building bonds
Canberra

Strata group calls for ACT government to introduce building bonds

Developers would be forced to lodge a 2 per cent building bond before applying for an occupation certificate for four-storey developments or higher under the proposal.

  • by Katie Burgess
$1 billion: The high price of dodgy building work in the ACT
Property development

$1 billion: The high price of dodgy building work in the ACT

A key lobby group says ACT government inaction on building regulation has caused "significant" financial and emotional stress for the community.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
Nearly half of builders failed licence exam the first time
ACT government

Nearly half of builders failed licence exam the first time

Another half failed the second time around too.

  • by Katie Burgess
Canberra crane numbers at two-year high and forecast to keep climbing
Property development

Canberra crane numbers at two-year high and forecast to keep climbing

Demand for inner-city living is driving an increase in the number of cranes in Canberra.

  • by Blake Foden