Master Builder magazine January-March 2023

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Entries are open for the 2023 Housing & Construction Awards



Hutchinson Builders’ new Managing Director shares insights into the iconic company and his new role


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In 2022, we advocated on your behalf on a variety of issues, from NCC changes to project trust accounts (PTAs), the Queensland Housing Summit, the WHS review, and CPD – we’ve been the industry’s voice every step of the way.

We established regular meetings with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to discuss issues like directions to rectify, unlicensed contracting, PTA audits, internal review processes, and the licensing application processes. We also participated in a workshop on subcontractor accountability (effective building work) and provided official letters and submissions directly to Minister de Brenni, the QBCC and the Queensland Government generally.

Towards the end of 2022, our focus remained on the looming start of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022, and we continue to push for realistic transition times and better implementation guidance.

We also participated in the Queensland Housing Summit, where we pushed the need for a sustainable building industry, which is crucial to delivering much-needed housing.

As part of the summit advocacy efforts, we called on the Premier, Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Housing not to roll out PTA laws to lower-value projects in 2023.

You can read the full write up on our policy and advocacy efforts in 2022 on page 52.

With a lot of major construction projects in the pipeline throughout Queensland, including hospitals, Olympic Games venues, and renewable energy projects, 2023 is shaping up to be another busy and challenging year.

The industry is gearing up to face more skill shortages, changes that will impact the cost and way that we build and all in an environment where profit margins have been severely eroded. To that end, we’ll be keeping our focus on some big-ticket policy and advocacy issues that continue to impact the industry.

We’ll continue our advocacy efforts to further delay the rollout of PTAs. The Queensland Government is still planning to expand project trust accounts to commercial and multiresidential projects over $3 million from 1 April and over $1 million from 1 October.

These trust accounts are complicated and

costly, and there is still no software solution that meets the complex requirements. There is no evidence PTAs provide any benefit to subcontractors. The burden is too great on our industry, especially in these challenging times. The rollout will add cost to low and medium density multi-residential developments, and limit the pool of builders, at a time when we need more housing to address shortages in our state.

Many industry punters are predicting an increase in industry collapses and a downturn in new construction. We hope that will not be the case, but we will be keeping a close eye on the industry’s operating environment and working hard to provide members with support and strategies to weather the storm.

Look out for all the details on the issues we’ll focus this year in our 2023 policy and advocacy focus to be launched soon. 

As an industry association, one of our main roles is to represent the interests of members and the broader industry. 2022 saw our policy and advocacy team busy lobbying government and industry regulators, and 2023 will see us continue to advocate on the issues that matter to you.
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2023 oUTLook

All the data, statistics, and anecdotal evidence from industry are indicating that building in Queensland is set to become even more challenging in 2023 as the reality of interest rate hikes, soaring costs, and regulatory change sets in.

Dwelling approvals dropped 14.3 per cent over the three months to November and 20.2 per cent over the 12-month period. While approvals for detached housing have been sliding for some time, the fall definitely accelerated over the last quarter. Approvals for units are now also clearly trending down, dropping 14.3 per cent over the three months to November (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics).

There are a lot of factors at play, from trade and material shortages that will continue to hamper the delivery of construction projects, to the substantial National Construction Code changes that will add more complexity and cost to new home builds.

Our outlook is predicting that demand for new construction will continue to contract – with the rise to interest rates and costs meaning more projects will fail to get the go-ahead. On the flip side, the industry itself will remain busy, with lots of work remaining on the books thanks to the construction delays and pipeline of natural disaster repair work that incredibly remains ongoing some 12 months after the notorious February 2022 flood disasters in Queensland.

Continued population growth will also contribute and signal a return to strong demand at some point, as will the 2032 Olympics and the massive investment in renewable energy transition.

Residential forecast

During 2021–22, new home building remained fairly steady, but home lending and building approvals data tells us the tide has started to turn. The number of home construction loans is down 4.9 per cent on a year ago, and both land

purchase loans and loans for buying newlybuilt dwellings have dropped sharply by 27.8 per cent and 24.7 per cent, respectively.

We’re predicting new home building starts to fall back to 31,000 during 2023 –representing a reduction of 20.2 per cent on the previous year. Detached housing starts are likely to see the sharpest drop (-28.8 per cent), while higher density homes like units and townhouses are anticipated to dip only slightly (-1.3 per cent).


During 2021–22, non-residential building activity grew by 3.1 per cent. This growth was mainly due to the government’s record spending on health, which saw building approvals for health projects more than double in the last 12 months (+147 per cent). However, this was offset by a sharp fall of 63 per cent in shortterm accommodation building approvals.

We’re expecting a marginal gain of 0.6 per cent for non-residential building approvals in 2023, a step back of 2.7 per cent during 2023–24 and a solid outlook for 2026–27.

As outlined in our President’s message, with these forecasts for softening demand in mind, we’re calling on the Queensland Government for longer transition periods to give the industry more time to prepare and give homeowners more time to enter into a contract before prices rise.

At a time when housing supply is in crisis, we need more housing, not less. Our predictions show a significant retraction in demand in 2023 – so now is not the time to be adding significant costs to new home builds. We’re urging the government to push out the changes until at least 2024. 

Is it crunch time for new housing in Queensland? Our latest forecast predicts a drop in demand in the face of interest rate and construction cost rises.
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A B ov E AND BEYo ND IN 2023

After bagging seven gongs at the National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards 2022, the stage is set for Queensland builders to shine again in 2023.

The country’s best residential, commercial, and civil construction builders were celebrated at the Master Builders National awards in November 2022, with Queensland builders batting well above their weights and taking home seven prestigious awards. Our congratulations go to Hampton Homes, Gordon Bourke Constructions, Besal Constructions, Multiplex Constructions, and Hutchinson Builders.

Hampton Homes walked away with the National Renovations/Extensions Award over $2 million for the stylish ‘Welsby New Farm’ in Brisbane.

Our awards submissions are reviewed by independent judges who consider criteria including quality, degree of construction difficulty, external appeal, siting, and aspect along with amenities and aesthetics.

We’re always on the lookout for fresh eyes for our judging panel. If you have extensive building and construction industry experience and can commit to two days of judging during March–May, contact our events team for more information on 1300 30 50 10.

Two Toowoomba projects came out tops, with Gordon Bourke Constructions winning the National Contract Home under $350,000 for ‘Bianca’, and George Built Constructions’ ‘Mackenzie’ receiving the Master Builders Insurance Brokers National Contract Home – $350,000 to $500,000 Award Besal Constructions won the National Contract Home – $500,000 to $750,000 Award for ‘Dicky Beach House’ on the Sunshine Coast, while Honed + Polished Concrete was named the National Specialist Contractor of the Year – Residential for their work on ‘Sky Garden House’ in Noosa. In the Construction category, Multiplex Constructions bagged the Cbus National High Rise Apartment Building award for the luxurious The One Residences in Brisbane.

Hutchinson Builders cemented their status as reputable builders, picking up the National Fit-out Award over $10 million for the West Village Retail Precinct.

These builders once again showed us that, despite some challenging conditions, our industry continues to provide the highest quality outcomes for clients around the country.

Riding on the success of the 2022 national awards, entries are now open for the 2023 awards program. Now in their 37th year, the Awards are always a highlight on the industry’s calendar with hundreds of entries across the state vying for top spot.

Aspiring Queensland builders can get a head start on their entries and be in the running for a regional, state, or national award in 2023. New categories feature in this year’s lineup including three new commercial fit-out categories for projects up to $5 million, from $5 million up to $10 million, and over $10 million.

We’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the talent and exceptional projects, the skilled workmanship, and the passion we know the industry has for building amazing projects.

Whether it’s a beachside apartment, hillside cottage, contemporary community centre, or cutting-edge medical facility – we want to see the innovative builds from 2022. However, the Awards don’t just honour homes and buildings, but also the people that make the industry such a great place to work. Three of the awards recognise an apprentice, emerging builder, and women doing great things that deserve recognition.

Find out more details on how to enter and key dates on page 24–25 or at 

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Besal Constructions won the National Contract Home $500,000 to $750,000 for ‘Dicky Beach House’ on the Sunshine Coast

The latest industry news and developments to keep you informed of the changes in Queensland’s building and construction industry.

New planning laws to create uptick in renos

The recent changes to planning laws announced by the Queensland Government in December 2022 will hopefully equate to increased building activity in the coming 12 months as building owners consider changes that will convert dwellings into rooming accommodation, along with new

development opportunities.

If you work in the renovation space, bear in mind any existing local council regulations that apply to granny flats, as well as the fact that you may need to comply with new accessible housing and energy efficiency provisions that will be

Hiring international employees

As companies look for alternative solutions to the labour shortage, we are starting to see more and more companies take on international employees.

Where an international employee has completed their trade in Australia, employers will also need to ask for confirmation that they have completed the Job Ready Program (JRP) with Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

Having a Certificate III alone does not confirm that an international employee is trade qualified. Completing a Certificate III is only the first part for an international employee to become trade qualified, as this indicates they have only completed two years’ study at an RTO and 400 work experience hours.

The Job Ready Program (JRP)

The objective of the Job Ready Program is for international students who have received a Certificate III to complete a practical component and become trade qualified.

It is a three-step employment-based program that consists of:

1. Job Ready Employment (JRE) – Where the international student must remain employed in an occupation related to their trade that allows them to develop their skills and knowledge. During this time, the student must complete a selfassessment record to be submitted to the TRA after six months’ employment or until they complete the JRWA.

2. Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) – To be eligible, the international student must reach a minimum of six months’ employment and complete 863

hours. The purpose of the JRWA is for the TRA to determine that the student is completing work at the required skill level for their nominated trade and involves a TRA assessor coming to the workplace and completing a technical interview and observation of their practical skills.

3. Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA) –To be eligible, the international student must reach a minimum of 12 months’ employment and complete 1,725 hours.

introduced via the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 in October 2023.

More information on the planning laws changes is available on the Queensland Government’s planning website at

This step is the final step and will determine if the student is trade qualified.

When employing someone who is completing the JRP, it is recommended that they be employed as a trade assistant as they do not meet the requirements for apprentice or trade rates. 

If you require assistance with hiring international employees, contact the Workplace Relations Team on 1300 30 50 10 or email

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Family and domestic violence leave

This year sees the introduction of 10 days of domestic violence leave for all employees, including part-time and casual workers. The leave has been introduced for businesses employing 15 or more employees this month (February), with small businesses, with less than 15 employees having the obligation from 1 August.

The new leave provisions will replace the current National Employment Standards’ current five unpaid days and will override less generous provisions that may exist in awards or enterprise agreements.

A full 10 days will be available when the obligation accrues on the date of activation, rather than the entitlement accruing over the year. The 10 days renews each 12 months on the employee’s service anniversary but doesn’t accumulate from year to year if it isn’t used.

Employees can take the leave if they need to do something to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence and it’s impractical to do so outside their ordinary hours of work.

Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening, or otherwise abusive behaviour by an employee’s close relative that seeks to coerce or control the employee or causes them harm or fear.

A person’s immediate family includes:

• a spouse, de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of the employee;

• a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of a spouse or de facto partner of the employee; or

• a person related to the employee according to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kinship rules.

Examples of actions by an employee who is experiencing family and domestic violence include arranging for the safety for themselves or a close relative (including relocation), attending urgent court hearings, or accessing police services.

Family and domestic violence leave is paid:

• For permanent employees: at the normal rate of pay for the ordinary hours rostered for the day.

• For casual employees: the amount that they would have earned had they worked the hours that were intended to be worked on the day.

To be eligible for the leave, a worker must provide reasonable evidence, if requested, that they need to take some action to deal with family and domestic violence, and that it is impractical to take that action outside of the employee’s ordinary hours of work.

To maintain employee safety, family and domestic violence leave balances should not be recorded on payslips. 

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Fun day at new display village

It was a day of family fun when the Master Builders’ Village Green display village opened on the Sunshine Coast in December last year. Hosted by Peet Limited, the opening event unveiled quality homes designed for coastal family living with intelligently designed layouts.

Homebuyers were treated to plenty of activities including lawn games, face painting, giveaways, and even a caricature artist.

A DJ set the mood for a walk-through in five of the seven homes, and the food trucks, gelato, and coffee cart kept guests refreshed.

The Palmview village is bringing some of the coast’s favourite builders, including Australian Building Company, Thompson Sustainable Homes, Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast, ultra Living Homes, Arcadia Homes QLD, Integrale Homes, and J Co Constructions.

Representatives from the building companies were on hand at the opening to provide more information on the stylish homes.

Slip, slap, slop on site

Data reveals that Australia’s tradies aren’t protecting themselves from the sun despite exposure to skin cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation up to ten times the rate experienced by indoor workers.

A survey taken by 600 Australian tradespersons reported 24 per cent of those tradies rarely wear sunscreen in the summer months.

In winter, this drops even more.

With four in ten tradies spending more than four hours working outside, the Cancer Council are urging tradies to protect themselves against uV whenever they are outdoors.

These and other concerning findings have been released in a new YouGov report as a part of a SunSmart campaign from the Australian Government and Cancer Council.

Chief Executive of Cancer Council Australia, Dr Tanya Buchanan, said Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and regular outdoor work means that tradies are at an even higher risk than those working indoors.

“Tradies are known to have high standards when it comes to safety on site, but this data shows many aren’t fully considering sun safety as a part of their daily routines. Despite 66

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per cent being concerned about developing skin cancer, over 22 per cent don’t believe sunscreen is necessary every day,” she said.

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A free SunSmart Tradie Toolbox has been developed for tradies to refer to before they

Survey highlights

Of the 600 tradespeople surveyed:

• 50% said they forget to put sunscreen on.

• 22% don’t believe it’s necessary every day.

• 27% said sun safety isn’t encouraged by their employer on site.

• 60% are concerned about developing skin cancer.

• 34% have either been treated for skin cancer or another suspicious spot.

This study was conducted by independent market research firm YouGov between 22 February and 2 March 2022.

head onto job sites and throughout the day, with SunSmart messaging that can be quickly and easily downloaded and displayed next to safety signage on job sites.

The digital tradie toolbox and information are available to download from go/sunsmart-tradie-toolbox. Tradies are also encouraged to download the free SunSmart App to check the uV in their local area. 

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Renewable energy power plant for multi-tenant properties.

Millions of Australians are starting to consider a greener lifestyle, and the shift to renewable energy is gathering momentum.

Brisbane-based company Rex Energy has found a way to use renewable energy to power multi-tenant properties.

The Rex X1 Energy system is a patented combination of both hardware and software used to integrate and autonomously control large-scale renewable energy generation and batteries at multi-tenanted properties.

Rex Energy CEO Scott Graham said high-speed metering systems enable the control of onsite renewable energy assets to deliver the exact amount of energy required by tenants.

“This nearly completely mitigates the import of grid energy. The X1 ensures your renewable systems are compliant with the standards of Energy Queensland.

“Another feature of the X1 is, when the public energy grids are in need, REX Energy can support them with energy, power, or frequency,” he said.

Working with an experienced, forwardthinking team, Scott believes Rex Energy is the energy company of the future.

As the world moves rapidly towards a decarbonised and electrified future, fossil fuel energy sources won’t be feasible from the perspective of energy generation.

Scott said we will initally experience peakdemand-related issues due to a lack of energy available during peak demand events.

“REX Energy can supply 100 per cent of the energy requirements of multi-tenanted sites from onsite-generated and -stored renewable electricity to mitigate challenges with the evolving public energy grids,” he said.

“The X1 has a twenty-five-year lifespan; this ensures your site will be shielded from the volatility of the public energy retail market for decades,” Scott said.

The X1 system ensures tenants save money, building owners or property developers make money, and the site becomes carbon neutral from an energy perspective.

However, there are a few challenges facing renewable energy.

Scott said the speed at which battery minerals could be mined would slow battery tech’s release on the market.

“Renewable energy is not as reliable as burning fossil fuels. Bad weather, lack of wind, can cause generation gaps, and the lack of reliable and affordable battery products can be a challenge,” Scott said.

He predicted that energy regulation would also slow down the renewable energy market. 

A 500-kilowatt Rex X1 system will save more than 560,000kg of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere – that’s equivalent to 122 passenger vehicles or 280,000kg of coal burned.
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Hutchies boss retires as managing director

Construction stalwart Greg Quinn has retired as Hutchinson Builders’ Managing Director.

He was handpicked in 2001 by then-Chairman Jack Hutchinson AM and Managing Director Scott Hutchinson as the first non-family member to be Managing Director.

Greg played footy for Brothers and Queensland in the ’70s before doing a carpentry apprenticeship and running his

own small building business in Ipswich – he then went on to head up Master Builders Associations in Queensland and New South Wales in the ’80s and ’90s.

At the time of Greg joining, Hutchies’ turnover was $130 million, and this has grown substantially under his leadership to over $2.7 billion, along with a steady national expansion, new specialist in-house divisions, and the biggest Indigenous employment

initiative in the construction industry through Hutchies’ Statim Yaga program.

“I view my term of 21 years as just a little piece in the 110-year history of the now largest and what I believe is the best construction company in Australia.

“The reality is that Scott Hutchinson, Jack Snr. and now Jack Jnr., me, and all of the other 1,550 people at Hutchies have built the business to be the juggernaut it is now,” Greg said.

Recently, the company also appointed Director and COO Paul Hart, who joined Hutchies in 1989, along with fifth-generation familymember Jack Hutchinson Jnr. as a Director.

Hutchies veteran Russell Fryer has been appointed as the new Managing Director.

“We’ve been handing over to the new Leadership Team headed up by Russell and Paul for 18 months – the focus is on ‘doing better what Hutchies already does’ – and it’s already having a positive impact,” Greg said.

Greg will remain on the Board as NonExecutive Director. 

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New QBCC guides

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission has published a number of fact sheets that members may find useful.

These fact sheets can be found online at

New fact sheets/guides include:

• Evidence of suitability required for minor alterations made to cast in fire collars

• Consideration for class 1a – portable or temporary dwellings and non-

Changes to Fair Work laws

The Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act is now in force and will see major changes to the Fair Work Act (FW Act).

All employers are impacted by the changes and should be aware of the new rules.

Here are the key things you need to know about what these laws mean for members.

Construction largely ‘carved-out’ from new ‘industry-wide’ bargaining laws

Residential and commercial construction, and civil, has been excluded from the new “multi-employer” (or “industry-wide”) bargaining streams.

For most members who have EBAs, the current arrangements for those will continue to apply.

u nions have been given the power to initiate bargaining for enterprise agreements under relevant circumstances by making a written request to the employer.

Bargaining disputes

It will be far easier for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to intervene in any bargaining disputes, and for the first time, they will have powers to arbitrate if parties cannot agree.

This means that if a bargaining dispute lasts for more than nine months, the FWC will be able to intervene and make a workplace determination to resolve matters in dispute.

Terminating expired agreements and sunsetting of old agreements

Employers will face new restrictions on when they can apply to terminate an expired EBA.

The FWC, when hearing such applications, will now be required to consider the views

conforming building products

• Vinyl planks and vinyl tiles used in wet areas, and non-conforming building products

• Watermark certification and nonconforming building products – water purifiers, free standing or benchtop connected to the buildings reticulated water plumbing

• How to identify selection criteria for windows and glazed external doors and

non-conforming building products

• Product substitution and oriented strand board bracing sheets (osb bracing sheets)

The QBCC resource page also includes a Trust Account Tool, which aims to help business owners understand trust account requirements. 

of the parties and the impact termination will have on employees’ bargaining power. If there is any opposition to termination, such as from a union, the application must be heard by a Full Bench of the Commission. ABCC has been abolished

The ABCC and Building Code 2016 have now been formally abolished, leaving the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) as the main workplace regulator for all industries and workplaces.

Sexual harassment

Laws that prohibit sexual harassment in connection with work will be strengthened. u nder these changes, members could be vicariously liable for sexual harassment of their employees, unless an employer can demonstrate they took “all reasonable steps to prevent the conduct from occurring”.

The FWC will have new powers to deal with “sexual harassment disputes” and issue “stop sexual harassment orders”. The Commission will now be able to arbitrate disputes if it considers that “all reasonable attempts to resolve the dispute are likely to be unsuccessful” and has the additional option to order compensation.


Some minor changes will align the Fair Work laws with other anti-discrimination legislation by including protection against discrimination based on breastfeeding, gender identity, and intersex status as protected attributes.

Expanded flexible work arrangements

Employees will now be able to request flexible work arrangements in a wider range of circumstances.

In addition to existing grounds (such as family responsibilities) employees can now request flexible work arrangements if they experience family and domestic violence. The steps an employer must take in considering requests for flexible work have also changed. Employers will now need to respond within 21 days and set out “reasonable business grounds” for any refusal, including any cost or productivity reasons for not granting the request.

An employee can raise disputes about refusal to grant flexible work arrangements with the FWC which has been given the power to arbitrate under certain circumstances.

Limitations on fixed-term contracts

The offering of fixed-term contracts will be limited to circumstances where the period of engagement is less than two years.

Fixed-term contracts which provide for extensions greater than two years, or for more than one extension, will also be prohibited, and employers will be unable to offer a third consecutive fixed-term contract for substantially the same role. 

For advice, contact the Workplace Relations team on 1300 30 50 10.

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QBCC advice on defective work by subcontractors

Master Builders has been working with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to ensure regulatory action is directed at the responsible licensee for defective work. QBCC has indicated that if a builder wants to include a subcontractor in the process, the following needs to occur (by the builder):

• Have a written subcontract agreement in place with the subcontractor

• Be able to show you have attempted to have the defect rectified by the subcontractor

• When contacted by the QBCC, tell

them you believe the subcontractor is responsible for the defect and provide details of the subcontractor

• Ask the QBCC to contact the subcontractor to invite them to the inspection, and invite them yourself when you have the details

• Tell the QBCC inspector at the inspection you tried to get the subcontractor to rectify the defect, that you asked them to come to the inspection, and that you believe any direction should be issued to the subcontractor. Follow this up with an email.

The QBCC has advised it may issue a direction

to both the builder and the subcontractor where it determines the subcontractor has carried out defective building work and considers the builder should have better supervised the work. QBCC has also indicated if it cannot determine the exact cause of the defect, it will direct the head contractor only. Master Builders has advocated for QBCC to take into account situations where a builder should not be considered responsible for supervision, namely work carried out by an occupationally licensed subcontractor where supervision must be carried out by a person licensed in that trade, such as plumbers. 

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Amy takes the trophy

Amy Evans’ passion, professionalism, and commitment saw her win the 2022 Queensland Women in Building Award

The Toowoomba-based jack of all trades is a critical cog in the wheel at Lavish Constructions with plans to grow her knowledge and role.

Amy has been at the company since 2015 when she started working just three hours a week carrying out simple tasks, but as the business grew, she moved into a permanent position.

Over that time, her role has changed significantly, and now Amy deals with all areas of the construction cycle, ranging from the office-based administration of projects to assisting with site-based activities.

The 30-year-old mum of four describes herself as an office manager/contract administrator/project assistant.

Currently studying a Diploma in Interior Design, Amy hopes to be involved in assisting with design, selections, and drawing of internal elevations with the team at Lavish Constructions this year.

“I am happy building on from where I am at the moment; [I] keep growing and learning as I go, and who knows where I end up, if I can grow with Lavish, I’d be happy,” she said.

Amy said she gets a lot of satisfaction and fulfilment from seeing projects develop into the finished product, knowing she has played an important role in that process.

“I love seeing homes being built from a piece of paper and then seeing them once they’re finished and knowing that I’ve helped and had a part in that. I love the whole process and the people that we get to meet along the way – it just feels so good to build people’s forever homes,” she said.

She believes showing respect to others, being honest and open to ideas, communicating well, and working together as a team enables a positive outcome.

“While it is nice to know clients feel I carry out my role well, it’s more rewarding knowing I do it with a good heart,” she said.

Amy was ecstatic when she was awarded the prestigious Queensland Housing & Construction Women in Building Award

“While I don’t have a super huge number of awards and qualifications, I’m super proud of the contribution and effort that I put into my job. I’m so proud of what I do, and winning this award means a lot to me,” she said.

Described as their Wonder Woman by the team at Lavish Constructions, Amy has only praise for her 10 male colleagues who have guided and supported her.

“Construction is a very maledominated industry; however, the environment is what you make it – there will always be personality clashes and challenges, but if you are resilient, genuine, and always back yourself 100 per cent, there is no limit to how far you can go,” she said.

Locating asbestos website

A series of short videos to help you locate asbestos in houses built from the 1950s to the 1980s is now available on the Queensland Government Asbestos website (www.asbestos.qld.

The videos contain useful information for locating where asbestoscontaining materials can be found in houses built in different time periods. The website offers a wide range of free resources providing information and guidance on asbestos-related topics and issues.

The videos include information on locating asbestos, cleaning asbestos roofs, and identifying low-density asbestos fibre board hazards, as well as safe work and decontamination procedures.

If you need to remove more than 10 m², you are required by Workplace Health & Safety QLD to undertake further training by completing the Asbestos Worker Program (CPCCDE3014A – Remove nonfriable asbestos). Master Builders offers this course at select regions.

Master Builders also offers a health and safety course focused on asbestos awareness and a licensing course –Asbestos Worker Program.

Call the training team on 1300 13 60 02 for more information. 

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“If you want to do something, there’s nothing stopping you and nothing is impossible.”

Focus on Advocacy and Policy

Master Builders has been busy advocating for members in the 2022 October–December quarter.

The NCC 2022 transition period has been our primary advocacy activity period. We published an open letter to the Premier and Minister Mick de Brenni in The Courier-Mail on 14 November, calling for a longer transition period for the accessibility and energy efficiency changes in the NCC. These are scheduled to commence 1 October 2023, and we have been advocating strongly for at least another year for industry to prepare for these significant changes.

That letter followed submissions to the Housing Summit and meetings with government calling for less red tape for builders.

Another key focus has been to stop the rollout of project trust accounts in 2023. Trust accounts are currently scheduled to apply to projects over $3 million from 1 April 2023 and $1 million from 1 October 2023. While detached houses and duplexes are exempt, we believe these thresholds are too onerous on industry. It is our view that project trust accounts do not achieve their intended purpose and only add

cost and administrative burden on industry.

We met with the Department of Energy and Public Works to discuss fairer risk allocations for government building contracts and the Chief Contracts Officer attended our Contracts Subcommittee meeting on 27 October 2022 to talk directly to members. Topics discussed included:

• Consistency between government agencies in procuring and administering contracts

• Subcontractor variation approval processes

• Risk allocations including design obligations

• Tender validity periods

We participated in the QBCC’s subcontractor accountability workshop, calling for fair and transparent processes for complaints of defective building work and advocating for occupationally-licensed subcontractors (such as plumbers) to be involved in the process where relevant.

We have written to both Minister de Brenni and the QBCC Commissioner requesting

fair decision making in QBCC internal reviews. We want the QBCC to stop the practice of ‘deemed decisions’ upholding original decisions merely because the QBCC did not decide an internal review within the required timeframe.

Free access to Australian Standards called up by the NCC has been another focus, and we met with the CEO of the ABCB in Canberra in November 2022 to discuss how this can be achieved. Our national body is now progressing advocacy on this issue.

We also participated in various government policy review committees, including the Developer Review, the Fairness in Contracting Review, and the Home Warranty Insurance Scheme Review. 

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PROFILE 20 Master Builder


With more than 24 years in the building and construction industry, Hutchinson Builders’ new Managing Director, Russell Fryer, shares some insight into the iconic company and his new role.

No stranger to the company, Russell joined Hutchies in 1998 as a Building Cadet and spent his initial years learning on-site construction skills while completing his university studies.

He has progressed through a broad spectrum of industry roles, gaining experience across all aspects of construction, business, and people management.

He was a Construction Team Leader at Hutchies for more than 15 years and oversaw the successful completion of more than 400 projects, with experience gained across cost planning, contract administration, programming, and site management.

In recognition of his significant contribution to Hutchies and his capabilities, Russell was appointed a Director on Hutchies’ Board in 2017.

When Russell started at the company 24 years ago, he said there were about 150 people employed and the turned over was about $150 million.

Other than that, he said not much has changed.

“The industry has certainly evolved and us with it, but the Hutchies culture of ownership, hard work, and a good time are much the same as what made me feel at home on my first day,” he said.

As Managing Director, Russell will continue to diversify and improve capability while protecting the fundamentals of Hutchies’ proud history, unique structure, diverse culture, excellent reputation, and strong financial position.

“There is never a dull moment in construction, which we all understand, and is why many of us love it so much. This means getting what we need to get done for the day before the sites open and then being available to provide support to our teams and plan for the next project.

“Greg Quinn (former MD), in all of his 22 years, set this standard of consistency and hard work when you’re here for the rest of us to follow. Hutchies has always been outcome focused which we find supports the more recent shift towards flexibility in how we work,” he said.

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“It’s the diversity and volume of our contribution that makes me proud to travel around the country with a Hutchies logo on my chest.”

Russell said this is most evident in the evolution towards a five-day work week, supported by the building unions and employers.

“Culturally, we have a very autonomous team structure, which allows us to make decisions for ourselves,” he said.

Hutchies is known for building award-winning projects, from airports and hospitals to sports arenas, police stations, and universities.

Russell said no one project stands out as the teams have done over 200 projects a year. He’d been involved in many of these over several years.

“There are so many wonderful projects that we have been lucky to say that we played a part in.

“Projects like the new Brisbane Lions Women’s AFL home ground, the Broncos training facility, and leagues club to the crosslaminated timber fire station we have just completed in Maryborough,” he said.

Not only did Russell find a life-changing career at Hutchies, but he also met his wife Tracey at work.

The couple have two children Sophie, 14, and Lucas, 12.

Building is in his blood, and he doesn’t hesitate in saying it’s the people that make the industry.

“It’s such a dynamic environment, and being able to help people build a good life and good infrastructure for our community is what continues to attract me.

“Construction is particularly tough going at the moment, which is making this outcome more challenging, but it feels like the industry is ready to do things a little differently, and we’ll play our part in shaping what that looks like,” he said.

In his down time, you can find Russell spending time with his family or on his bicycle. “Well, I find little use for my Hutchies Five Year Service Award fishing rod but treasure it, nonetheless.

“I do try and get out on a bike when I can and look forward to taking a week out each year to support one of Hutchies’ charity partners, AEIOu Foundation on a longer ride to raise money for children with autism.”


Last year, Hutchies walked away with the Master Builders National Fit-out Award over $10 million for the West Village Retail Precinct in Brisbane.

The site is centred around a heritage-listed factory, which was transformed into a commercial space requiring extensive structural modification, restoration, and replacement of the distinctive steel-framed facade windows.

“The development has over 50 awards and counting, but the National Master Builders Award is special for us and recognises the consideration and care that has gone into the project for West End,” Russell said.

The roof terrace’s internal area was increased with a new steel-framed metal roof that incorporated the existing timber structure in the engineered design.

‘Peters Lane’ in the main mall connects the new to the old with the glass steel truss roof spanning between the new concrete structure to the Peters Factory creating the retail mall.

Russell said being such a busy, vibrant community, constructing in West End required an extra level of attention to detail.


• Project value – $550 million

• Stages – 12+

• Apartment towers – 6

• Residences – 1,000+

• Green Star Community – 6 stars

• Awards to date – 50+

• Retail space – 14,000m²

• Public spaces – 6,500m²

• Bicycle parking spaces – 1,600

• Non-residential areas – 18,500m²

• Commercial car spaces – 450

“Managing logistics to ensure the project leaves a light footprint on the area during construction was our challenge. The original master planning phase was famously long but for the right reasons, and the team is grateful for the recognition from Master Builders,” he said. 

West Village Retail Precinct Russell Fryer with Greg Quinn W EST vILLA g E P RECINCT NUMBERS
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H o USIN g & C o NSTRUCTI o N AWARDS 2023 –A B ov E AND B EYo ND

o USIN g & N AWARDS 2023 –A B E AND B ND

We can’t wait to show off your teams’ skilled workmanship and passion to push the limits.

We can’t wait to show off your teams’ skilled workmanship and passion to push the limits.

That’s why the Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards were launched early this year, and with three new categories.

Entries for the prestigious 2023 Awards are open, so get a head start and don’t miss out.

If you built a special project that shines above the rest and is worthy of applause and appreciation, take note of the early closing dates and get your entries in soon.

Whether it’s a beachside apartment, hillside cottage, contemporary community centre, or cutting-edge medical facility – we want to see your innovative projects from 2022.

In its 36th year, the Awards are a highlight on the building and construction calendar, with hundreds of entries from across the state vying for top spot.

The Awards honour not just houses and projects, but also the people that make this industry so special.

Three of our award categories recognise people who have superior skills and have exceeded expectations in the building and construction industry in Queensland.

If you know of an apprentice, emerging builder, or wonder woman that deserves recognition, go to to nominate

them for one of the following awards:

• Rising Star

• Women in Building

• Apprentice of the Year

What can I enter?

If you have a project that you’re proud of and stands out from the rest, there’s an award category for you.

This year, there will be a few changes to categories including three exciting, new commercial fit-out awards.

Builders will be able to enter commercial fitout projects up to $5 million, from $5 million up to $10 million, and over $10 million.

The Commercial and Industrial Building categories will also be combined, with changes to the price brackets for the projects to reflect the increasing cost of building materials.

The Individual Home categories will also see a change in project prices.

But there’s a trophy with your name on it, whether it’s for renos, commercial, community, retail, or brand-new residential projects.

If you went above and beyond in 2022, there’s an award category for you.

See your name in lights

Holding the winning trophy will have its advantages for you and your team, including red carpet status and your name in lights.

You and your team will be recognised in the industry and beyond, which will drive sales and draw attention from potential clients. There will be access to hot-off-the-press media coverage and promotion across a variety of Master Builders publications. The glittering trophy, winner’s plaque, and logo are sure to boost staff morale, when they are recognised as being the best of the best.

Secrets to a strong entry

There are four sure-fire ways to get your entry noticed and get the judges seal of approval.

Follow these easy steps to enter the 2023 Housing & Construction Awards.

Include a detailed description

Tell your unique story by providing a detailed description of your house or project. Be sure to address the relevant judging criteria (available to download at and on our online entry system), highlight any special features that may be unique to your entry, and include relevant marketing brochures. If you’re a winner, we’ll use this information at the awards ceremony, so ensure it tells a good story.

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Supply professional photography

You must supply photos with your entry for it to be valid. Photos help our judges to pick winners, and we use the photos to promote your win on the awards night and in the media and various publications.

We strongly recommend hiring a professional photographer to take a variety of photos, for example:

• External shots – front entry, landscaping, and outdoor areas such as pools, patio and deck

• Internal shots – kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living area, media room, etc.

• Feature shots – showcase standout features, such as balustrades, timber, or steel work

All photos must be high resolution and have a minimum size of 210 x 140mm at 300dpi (2,480 x 1,654px).


Seek permission

Before you submit your entry, ensure you obtain permission from the project/ house owner, client/ contractor. They’ll need to sign the owner authorisation section of the entry form in order for your entry to progress.

If you’re supplying professional photographs (which we strongly recommend), seek the photographer’s permission. They need to complete the photographer authorisation form to give Master Builders permission to use the photos.

Double check your details

Your entry will be validated against the details in our membership database and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) public register – it’s vital your details are up to date. This includes your business name, trading name, and licence number.

The name printed on the award will be either the licensee name or, if applicable, one recorded trading name as per the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Public Register. When entering the member details on the entry, you will be able to nominate which name you would prefer on the trophy.

get your entry in

Too easy – our user-friendly online entry system is easy to use and helps to simplify and guide you through the process, making it stress free.

Step 1: Decide which house, project, or individual to enter into the awards then browse for a relevant award category.


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Gold Coast Monday, 3 April 2023

Downs & Western Monday, 3 April 2023

Far North Queensland

North Queensland

Central Queensland

Mackay & Whitsunday

Sunshine Coast

Wide Bay Burnett

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Friday, 21 April 2023

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Friday, 21 July 2023

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Friday, 11 August 2023

Saturday, 12 August 2023

Friday, 18 August 2023

Saturday, 19 August 2023

Step 2: Go to and read the information about our awards program, including key dates and entry fees. You’ll need to download and print or e-sign the authorisation forms to submit with your entry.

Step 3: Review the entry checklist to ensure you’ve prepared everything, including supporting documents, permissions, and photographs.

Step 4: Click on the ‘online awards entry system’ and register (if you’re a new entrant) or login (if you’re an entrant from 2022).

Step 5: Complete the online entry form and remember to upload your supporting documents and photographs to ensure your entry is valid and processed.

Step 5: Check your billing information is correct. Entries will only be processed if billing information is correct.

Join the Housing & Construction Awards judging panel

Are you keen to lend your industry expertise by joining our 2023 Brisbane judging panel? If you have extensive building and construction experience and can commit to at least two days of in-person judging at any time during our judging period (late March to early May) then we would love to hear from you. Email au to express your interest, and our team will be in contact. 

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The glittering trophy, winner’s plaque, and logo are sure to boost staff morale when they are recognised as being the best of the best.

much of that cash is mine?

Plenty of business owners have caught themselves looking at their business bank account wondering how much of that cash is actually theirs.

“Can I buy that new piece of equipment? Can I afford to kick off that reno on the family home? What about that overseas holiday?”

There’s no simple fix for answering these questions. ultimately, the solution lies in having high-quality systems, reporting, and behaviours in place to provide clarity and certainty.

To get you started on your journey to financial clarity, these are the three most important steps to kick things off.

Step 1: Clean up your input data

As the old adage goes, “garbage in = garbage out”. The ideal approach is having a platform that will handle everything from quotes through to project management and invoicing – one that produces accurate and reliable data and connects directly with your accounting system.

As an accountant, I’m obviously all for spreadsheets, but in the long run you’ll burn time and risk data errors if you try to run your business through spreadsheets alone.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to look at moving to an estimating and project management platform. Our preferred software stack is Buildxact and Xero. You’ll save an incredible amount of time with a

platform like this – and you’re working in an environment that will keep your data accurate and on track.

Step 2: Build and MAINTAIN an accurate cashflow forecast

With a good system in place for tracking line by line income and expenses for each job, you’ll have the data you need to build an accurate cashflow forecast, giving you clarity on what the road ahead looks like.

For builders with multiple jobs on the go the cashflow challenge is compounded. It doesn’t take long to lose visibility, particularly with delays impacting projects and the predictability of incoming cash.

And, once your cashflow forecast is built, it’s critical to keep it up to date! There’s nothing more useless (and dangerous) than an outof-date cashflow forecast! I’d recommend updating and reviewing your cash position fortnightly or even weekly.

For those who are in “cashflow crisis” the only way to fight out of the hole is to update your forecast daily – we’ve got some really useful tools and resources we use with clients in this situation – please reach out if you need a hand!

Step 3: Take ownership of your balance sheet

The balance sheet is the ultimate score card for the “liquid health” of a business.

Even so, it’s amazing how many business owners scratch their heads when it comes to understanding the role the balance sheet plays in building clarity.

Reflecting back on the original question of “How much of the cash in your business is actually yours?”, it’s important when you’re reviewing your balance sheet to have clear rules about how much cash you need to leave in the business to cover your upcoming expenses and unforeseen events.

In addition to what your cashflow tells you that you need to support your projects, I would generally recommend retaining two to three months of operating expenses and three months of wages for your key employees.

The Result: Financial clarity – for your personal position and the business!

With a good estimating and project management system producing accurate data, a well maintained cashflow forecast, and clear rules regarding working capital requirements, you’ll have the confidence you need to make a call on what you can then take out of the business. 

If you need a hand implementing any of these recommendations or improving financial clarity in your business, you can call Xact Accounting on their free Master Builders Member Hotline on 07 3124 8666.

Achieving cashflow and earnings clarity… and a better night’s sleep!
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Don’t believe everything you read online

The internet is a wonderful source of information, entertainment, and communication. However, it is a tool and resource which can be mis-used and inaccurate. It can also be a source of incorrect information and abuse which can damage and ruin reputations and businesses.

Be careful about the source and relevance of material

Always check to make sure that the source of the information is reputable and trustworthy. That way you can trust that the information is accurate and can be relied upon.

Always check to make sure that the information is relevant to you and your business. For example, make sure that the information applies to the construction industry in Queensland and is not based on different laws applying outside of Queensland.

There can be nothing worse that believing you are doing the right thing and then discovering that you are not complying with the correct or current laws of Queensland because the information was out of date or from an interstate source.

When is online material defamatory?

Online material is defamatory if it is untrue or unsubstantiated and is intended to harm another’s reputation. If you make defamatory statements online, you can be held liable for any loss or damage suffered by the victim as a result.

These can be very complex issues and lead to difficult and heated arguments. Crucially, it must be shown that the victim’s reputation has been damaged as a direct result of the defamatory material or statements.

Common defences for online defamation

To protect freedom of speech and opinion, there are defences available. Firstly, a justification or truth defence applies where the comment is true, or at least substantially truthful, even if it possesses minor details that are not accurate. Secondly, an honest opinion defence applies where the comment is an honest option made about a matter of public interest based on substantially true materials. 

The internet... can be a source of incorrect information and abuse which can damage and ruin reputations and businessses.
Master Builders Principal Lawyer, Members Legal Julian Lane warns members not to believe everything you read and be careful what you post online.

It pays to take insurance seriously

It’s rare to find anyone who is happy handing over their “hard earned” to pay their insurance premium. It’s generally considered a grudge purchase, which is made all that more painful when the price only seems to go up. That said, the alternative isn’t a pleasant experience either. Being caught without insurance, or having a bare-bones policy that doesn’t give you the protection you need when you need it, could also be pretty devastating.

If you’ve been in the building game a while, you’ll know the unfortunate reality is that you’re likely to have a claim at some point, and it could be expensive. Many customers wouldn’t be able to cover the claims costs themselves, so it pays to take insurance seriously and helps to deal with someone who knows the industry. Annually, the Master Builders insurance team handles several hundred claims for our customers with total annual claims exceeding $10 million.

Why have constructions construction premiums increased?

Over the past decade, the construction insurance market has been turned on its head. For a long time, the cost of construction insurance remained stable and relatively low. In recent times, however, premiums have increased significantly. For larger construction businesses and major projects, insurers have reduced, or in some cases, even withdrawn their capacity. ultimately, the reason is simple. Like all businesses, insurers need to make money,

but unfortunately, they haven’t been hitting their targets, largely due to claims. As a result, over several years, they have been adjusting things like pricing, excesses, limits, and conditions to get things back to where they need them to be.

All segments of the construction market have experienced higher claims frequency and increased average claims costs. During the last five years, there has been an upward trend in large claims arising from major single contracts and infrastructure projects. On top of that, there has been an increase in the number and cost of bodily injury claims, which has put pressure on construction liability premiums. Currently, insurers are worried about weather events, reinsurance costs (or insurance for insurers), and an issue very familiar to the construction industry… inflation.

unfortunately, none of this news is good if you’re hoping your premium will go down, but there is, perhaps, light at the end of the tunnel. More recently, rather than taking a broad-brush approach, insurers are becoming increasingly selective about where and when they impose higher prices and more restrictive conditions. This behaviour is

generally a sign that profitability is starting to improve; however, there are segments of business which are still giving them trouble. So, what does that mean for you? There are a couple of things to keep in mind.

• Whether it’s the Master Builders Insurance team or not, it’s helpful to deal with someone who knows the construction market and specialises in it. These insurance brokers are best placed to give you the advice you need and to negotiate the most competitive terms with the insurer.

• Not all policies are the same. You generally get what you pay for, so speak to your broker to make sure you have the right cover for your needs and you’re getting good value for your money.

• The industry will likely continue to experience increasing prices but perhaps not at the same pace we’ve seen in recent years. Again, using an insurance broker with a scale like the Master Builders team will help by leveraging their buying power.

If you’re seeking insurance advice, call Master Builders on 1300 30 50 10.

Being caught without insurance or having a bare-bones policy that doesn’t give you the protection you need when you need it could be devastating.
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The holy grail of building materials is one that can deliver aesthetic appeal and inspire creative design while offering the functional benefits of longevity and low-maintenance qualities, even in the most demanding environments.

For the owners of a new residential build in the coastal town of Middleton, South Australia, it was PERMALITE WAVELINE® cladding from Lysaght that helped meet all areas of this brief. It was also an apt product choice given the nearby swells of Middleton Beach and because the building incorporated a cresting wave-inspired roof and wall design that dominates the home’s appearance.

Aside from offering the flexibility to be rolled into the desired radius in six-metre lengths, an even more important feature of the PERMALITE WAVELINE ® cladding is its aluminium substrate. All PERMALITE ® roofing and walling products are shaped from aluminium that meets AS/NZS 1734:1997 standards. The 5251/5052 grade aluminium used in the manufacture of WAVELINE ® is high-strength marine quality, which offers exceptional resistance to corrosion in marine or industrial environments, hence its suitability for harsh coastal locations.

Lysaght Business Development Manager, Tony Wood, said that WAVELINE® was an ideal choice of material for the Middleton project.

“In choosing WAVELINE ®, the builder and creative designer, Shane Hendriks from ABC Advanced Building Constructions PL, saw an opportunity to take a different approach to satisfy the customer’s design brief while still falling within the project budget,” Tony said “Increasingly, architects and builders are understanding what’s possible with PERMALITE® aluminium building products –they’re achieving the look they want while also benefiting from generous warranty periods which provide owners – particularly those by the ocean – with added peace of mind.”

WAVELINE ® is available in mill finish, standard finish, or in a choice of seven paint finishes, meaning there are plenty of options to suit almost any architectural style.

Shane Hendriks said specifying WAVELINE® cladding for the project was an easy decision.

“For any projects within one kilometre of the ocean, we’ve been recommending and using products from the PERMALITE ® range for a number of years,” Shane said.

“As far as I’m concerned, PERMALITE ® products are the only ones I trust in these coastal environments, with the added benefit of meeting NCC (National Construction Code) requirements.

“While it’s a bit more expensive than alternative steel products, I can comfortably tell my clients that the warranty will stand because it is backed by Lysaght’s parent company, BlueScope. It’s a case of pay a little extra now, because it will save you peeling the roof off and redoing it in 15 years’ time,” Shane explained.


Along with its suitability for use in marine environments for both residential and commercial structures, the durability of PERMALITE® also makes it an ideal building product solution for applications that may be challenging for other building materials including indoor swimming pools, chemical storage, fertiliser storage, intense industrial locations, and even structures built over water.

Permalite® range overview

As well as the WAVELINE ® profile, which is inspired by Australia’s iconic corrugated roofing style, the PERMALITE ® range includes several other profile options including ALS u LATE-125 ®, ALSPAN ®, LT7 ®, and V-RIB ®, giving extra choice depending on aesthetic and construction requirements.


Suitable for both wall and roof cladding, PERMALITE V-RIB® provides a generous 915mm cover and a strong symmetrical look. A double capillary drain in the rib also ensures weather security. V-RIB® is available in 0.70mm, 0.90mm, and 1.2mm thicknesses.


With its strength, water-carrying capacity, ease of installation, eave closing features, and ability to be reversed to provide a bold

wall effect, PERMALITE LT7 ® is extremely versatile. It’s also available in a choice of 0.70mm, 0.90mm, and 1.2mm thicknesses.


As the name suggests, ALSPAN® was created to offer builders and homeowners wide spanning capabilities. Its distinctive ribs and wide pans also give it a high watercarrying capacity along with aesthetic appeal. Available in 0.70mm and 0.90mm thicknesses, ALSPAN® is a good option for roofs that will be accessed by foot traffic as part of regular building maintenance.


As featured in the Middleton home, WAVELINE ® cladding can be used as both

As far as I’m concerned, PERMALITE® products are the only ones I trust in these coastal environments, with the added benefit of meeting NCC (National Construction Code) requirements.

walling and roof cladding and offers 990mm cover. Its pleasing traditional corrugated appearance also means that it’s ideal for both traditional and contemporary projects.


ALS u LATE-125 ® combines the corrosion resistance of aluminium with the exceptional insulation qualities of a sandwich panel. Its clever sandwich design offers both insulative and structural advantages to deliver outstanding watertightness and durability combined with stunning looks. A variety of flashings and ridge covers are available to cap off the roof design.

gutters and accessories

A full selection of aluminium gutters, custom flashings, and accessories are available to complement the PERMALITE® range. Colours and finishes to suit PERMALITE ® cladding is available in a variety of finishes and standard colours. Where a prepainted finish is required, there is a range of popular colours available developed using the coil-coating expertise of Lysaght’s parent company and supplier, BlueScope. Alternatively, the option of an unpainted Mill Finish provides a smooth, lustrous appearance that dulls through the weathering process, enhancing the material’s natural

corrosion resistance. The Stucco Embossed Finish is a modified Mill Finish that reduces reflectiveness in applications or locations where this may be needed.

Peace of mind

PERMALITE ® aluminium products are backed by generous BlueScope warranties of up to 40 years. Warranties are project specific and subject to terms and conditions, so please contact your Lysaght representative for additional details.

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This certification assesses the sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments, across nine holistic impact categories. It encourages the industry to create projects that are not just green but healthy, liveable, productive, resilient, and sustainable.

Centuria Industrial Facility in Ipswich is one of Australia’s first five-star Green Star – Design and As Built Certified industrial buildings under the new Green Building Council Australia rating guidelines.

Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders is the team behind the awardwinning eco-friendly project.

The team picked up the Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management Award at the Queensland 2022 Housing & Construction Awards.

Built for Centuria Capital Limited, the Bundamba warehouse provides flexibility for the storage and distribution of manufacturing as well as a large open-plan office and external hardstands.

Key features of the project include a 99-kilowatt solar system on the roof and rainwater harvesting for the amenities and irrigation system. This includes the recycling of fire sprinkler water.

High thermal and acoustic offices were constructed to save on energy with integrated metering of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic services to monitor usage.

Tomkins enlisted the expertise of an external Green Star consultant with fortnightly meetings held with Centuria to ensure the best results.

The team utilised more than 14.5 per cent of recycled materials for the project. These materials ranged from recycled CBR, aggregate within concrete, reinforcement material, roofing materials, plaster, glues, paint, and other materials.

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Building materials were chosen based on their strength and thermal properties. The air-conditioned spaces in the facility were equipped with additional insulation to assist in reducing ongoing maintenance costs and to improve temperature maintenance capabilities.

Solar power and design

The 99-kilowatt solar farm on the roof supplements power to the building. Given anticipated sun projections, sun shading devices were installed to minimise solar heat gain on the building’s facade and glazing. The warehouse has energy-efficient glass, ensuring less thermal loss and a reduction in energy costs. Insulation has also been increased to minimise thermal impacts. To ensure a comfortable temperature can be maintained in the building, ventilation louvres were incorporated within the warehouse space to ensure a constant air flow.

Efficient use of energy and water

Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS)approved standards were implemented throughout to assist in minimising water use.

Gross pollutant baskets installed on all stormwater outlets also serve to minimise pollutant runoff.

The office component of the facility was fitted with autodimming lights, which analyse the amount of daylight present and adjust the lighting within these spaces accordingly.

An irrigation and external-use rainwater management system was also installed on site, which reduces the dependence on mains-provided water.

The harvested rainwater is used for irrigation, other external water uses, and amenities. Every detail has been planned to create a resilient, sustainable green environment.

Natural areas adjacent to the site were revegetated with native plant cover to ensure ground stabilisation and stop erosion.

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An estimated 96 per cent of the waste removed from the site was able to be recycled.


• 675sqm of external awnings

• 1,170sqm main office

• 705sqm of warm shell fit out, with the remaining left for future tenant fit out

• 60sqm of dock offices split over two offices

• 11,300sqm external hardstand areas and an asphalt carpark

• External recessed loading dock with dock levellers

• 3,100sqm external landscaping

• 760sqm external retaining


However, every project has its obstacles, and this large building was no exception.

During the 24 weeks of construction more than 90 days of inclement weather was experienced, which severely impacted work on site. This was exacerbated by the ground conditions, which contained high clay content which resulted in unfavourable conditions once wet.

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As a result, when it rained, the clay would swell, which damaged the subgrade material. An erosion and sediment control plan executed in compliance with Ipswich City Council’s requirements was established and maintained throughout the project program.

Sediment from the project site was managed so that it did not transfer to any adjoining sites, a task made challenging through one of the wettest summers on record. 

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When you Google “cure for

But what if you didn’t settle for that answer? At The Common Good, the doctors and researcher won’t.

An initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, The Common Good supports and facilitates the work of researchers who are dedicated to making breakthroughs in the areas of heart disease, lung disease, mental health, and dementia.

Their team believe something can be done to create better health outcomes for our tradies and their loved ones.

The lung researchers at Queensland Lung Transplant Service (QLTS), based at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, have dedicated many years to changing the prognosis and improving the quality of life for tradies who are the backbone of many industries.

Silica dust particles settling in the lungs can result in internal scarring and inflammation, which reduces the ability to breathe properly. Therefore, the first step of the research was to identify the silica dust particles and determine how much silica had settled there. The next question to address was whether these silica particles could be removed.

result after result will tell you that there isn’t one.

Through the tenacity of research teams and their desire to uncover treatment options for this life-threatening disease, a revolutionary procedure for mild cases of silicosis was uncovered called a whole-lung lavage.

“This is a significant step forward in the treatment of what was previously considered

an untreatable disease,” said Head of Research at Queensland Lung Transplant Service Professor Dan Chambers.

Professor Chambers is working with a team, including chief scientist at Queensland Lung Transplant Service Dr Simon Apte, to develop screening techniques to detect silicosis early.

Chief Scientist at Queensland Lung Transplant Service, Dr Simon Apte with Dr Viviana Lutzky Dr Simon Apte holding a silica-polluted solution after a Whole Lung Lavage treatment
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“It aims to identify those who may be more vulnerable to silicosis, as well as to investigate if the damaging impact of silica in the lungs can be reversed,” Dr Apte said.

“We know silicosis is a challenge to diagnose, and as a result, the size of this problem is likely much more extensive than we realise. Some of the patients impacted by silicosis and who are part of our research trials are not who you would expect,” said Professor Chambers.

One patient diagnosed with early-stage silicosis is a farmer who had never touched a stone bench top in his life, yet was exposed to enough dust containing silica from driving his tractor and ploughing his fields. So far, it’s been through the generosity of mums and dads across the country that this research has been funded.

The Common Good has now established the Tradie Health Institute – a world-first initiative dedicated to protecting and improving the health of our tradies.

The official launch of the Institute will be held in March with profits from the event contributing to what The Common Good hope will become one of the world’s leading research initiatives for tradie-related illnesses.

How you can help

To make the most significant impact and build a better future for our tradies, The Common Good can’t do it alone. With the expertise of research teams and the support of industry partners, they aim to pave the way to better outcomes. They believe that together it is possible to revolutionise the future of tradie health and tackle conditions like silicosis and many more that affect the health and future of our tradies.

To find out more about the launch event or how you can become part of the Tradie Health Institute, please contact National Impact Manager Wayne Thomson at 


The new managing respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice 2022 (the Code) applies to construction and manufacturing of materials used in construction.

Meet Workplace Health & Safety obligations by eliminating/minimising exposure to RCS for at-risk workers by:

• Using preventative dust control methods (water suppression, on-tool dust extraction)

• Using appropriate respirable protective equipment (RPE)

• Using exposure data from air monitoring to check the effectiveness of dust controls

• Providing health monitoring with defined triggers for testing

• Training, education, instruction, and supervision

• Consultation with workers on all of the above

• Preparation of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

Methods for managing RCS

Using controls tables

Controls tables outline recommended controls for common tasks in construction and manufacturing. The tasks are based on power tools and tasks that make RCS airborne in Appendix 4 of the Code.

For each task, the table outlines:

• Engineering or work practice control methods

• RPE for that task, depending on:

- how long the shift is

- location (outdoors, indoors, enclosed area)

• When health monitoring is required

If the recommended controls and RPE for tasks are used properly, air monitoring to assess the risk isn’t needed.

Using exposure data to choose dust controls that work

If the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCB u ) doesn’t have to use the recommended controls, the PCB u must follow the hierarchy of controls by:

• Conducting air monitoring, or

• Using statistically valid exposure data to demonstrate effectiveness of controls by

- Conducting air monitoring at the workplace, or

- A third party who has already conducted air monitoring to test how well the control works (e.g., manufacturer of the control).

If the person using exposure data intends to use “on tool extraction” or a vacuum cleaner to clean the work area, an H class vacuum should be used.

If the PCB u identifies levels of RCS above 0.05mg/m3, a respirator must be used.

Health monitoring must be provided if a worker had 30 days of required RPE use, as prescribed under the Code, in the past 12 months.  More at:

Head of Research at Queensland Lung Transplant Service, Professor Dan Chambers
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With a state-of-the-art facility in south-east Queensland, Langs Building Supplies offers builders whole-of-house solutions from design to turn of key.

Producing timber roof trusses, prefabricated wall frames, floor systems, steel fabrication, aluminium windows, and doors, as well as a range of builder’s hardware, Langs offers a single point of contact for customers.

From the initial quotation until the finished house is turned over to the proud new owners, Langs can provide everything needed. The team collaborates with builders, architects, and engineers as

required and liaises with other vendors.

Langs also coordinates logistics and incorporates the revolutionary RoadPod system to streamline deliveries. This is coupled with a genuine care for quality service and a desire to work with customers to build towards the future together.

Everything begins in the Design Hub, where estimators and detailers work with the specific requirements of each customer to create a comprehensive quotation, which is then transformed into structural specifics. If any potential issues are discovered, solutions

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Together, the team at Queensland Building Construction and Claims Consultancy (QLDBCCC), based on the Gold Coast, have more than 30 years’ experience in various sectors of the construction industry, giving them the unusual benefit of being able to understand why on-site disputes can occur and how to best resolve them.

Disputes can happen for many reasons –payment claims not being paid, sub-standard work or products being provided, or differences of opinion on what your contract requires.

Too often in the construction industry, contracts and their obligations are treated with a “she’ll be right” attitude, while in times gone by this used to be common practice, unfortunately a “gentleman’s handshake” is no longer a recognised form of arrangement if you want to be properly paid for your work and are depending on BIFA to fall back on. QLDBCCC can assist you in understanding your contract, any complex Ts & Cs, and how to correctly comply with them. It is so important to know what you are agreeing

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A long-standing sponsor of Master Builders

Far North Queensland, WGC Lawyers boasts a team of highly skilled, experienced, and trusted legal professionals, who provide advice to major corporations and groups, private developers, large and small businesses, families, and individuals.

Leading the team, Doug McKinstry is WGC’s Managing Director and has been a member of Master Builders for more than 20 years. Doug is highly regarded for his personable approach to handling the toughest of cases with the benefit of his 35 years’ experience in building

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Senior Associate in WGC’s building and construction team, Ben Meredith has provided advice to some of Cairns’ largest civil and commercial construction firms and businesses. Ben’s experience is extensive and includes providing advice on significant and complex commercial and civil projects, tenders, and bespoke construction contracts and acting for parties in the adjudication and litigation of construction disputes.

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Involved from the beginning with the NRL Cowboys House in Townsville, Paynters led the design and construction of the community facility in 2016 and remains a dedicated supporter of the Cowboys Community Foundation today.

The boarding school houses 85 Indigenous students from remote areas of North Queensland while they attend high school, providing life-changing opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the country.

Paynters is continuing to work with the NRL Cowboys charity arm to provide trade training opportunities to students as part of their ongoing development program.

Haley Pearson is one such student.

Haley commenced his traineeship with the Paynters Townsville team in 2021 after completing a work experience placement. Fast forward 12 months later, he has successfully finished his Certificate II in Civil Construction, officially signed on to commence his Carpentry Apprenticeship with the team, and will continue to work across Paynters North Queensland project portfolio.

Haley was a Year 11 school-based apprentice when he chose woodwork over an automotive apprenticeship.

He said his desire to move away from the automotive industry to take up the trade in civil construction was driven by where he saw himself spending his workdays.

“I just wanted to be outdoors more,” he said. “I attended work experience placements with a few businesses which was great, and one of them was Paynters, where I enjoyed working the most.

“While I was on placement, I made sure I left a good impression with staff and supervisors because I wanted to return for another work experience block, but instead of being offered another placement, they offered me a school-based apprenticeship, which was unexpected.

“I enjoy working with the people at Paynters, and they really support me. I feel comfortable speaking up if I have any questions, and I’m also enjoying the exposure to different areas of construction.”

Haley now finds himself working on several significant projects, with his site experience providing valuable firsthand exposure to the structural aspects of construction.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are enabling NRL Cowboys House students, generally in years 10 to 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education or Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Paynters Project Manager Paul Goldsack has overseen Haley’s traineeship progress on site these last 12 months at the Mater Hospital and has been thoroughly impressed with his ongoing commitment to developing his trade skills.

“The Certificate II in Civil Construction has provided Haley and many other young students with hands-on and practical exposure to the construction industry, which is a great way to know if a trade is the right pathway” he said.

“We were so impressed with Haley’s efforts

throughout his traineeship, it was an easy decision to bring him on as a full-time apprentice. He has shown the attributes we look for when employing our next generation of construction workers – eager to learn and does not shy away from a challenge. He shows up, contributes greatly to our team culture on site.

“Haley is a great role model for young individuals considering an apprenticeship. His engagement, enthusiasm, and manners will take him a long way in his working life.”

Paynters’ praise for Haley’s work ethic is only further solidified by his achievements at his recent graduation ceremonies, as he took home the Year 12 Carpentry Student of the Year and the Year 12 Indigenous Student of the Year awards at the TecNQ Annual Awards Night. Haley also received the Training Award at the NRL Cowboys House graduation ceremony, which recognised his successful transition from Trainee to Full-Time Apprentice.

Haley’s career aspirations include finishing his apprenticeship with Paynters, with hopes to one day become a manager. 

With a higher purpose of making a difference and creating a better future, Paynters is committed to fostering an environment that is respectful and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

Their Reconciliation Committee, led by their Indigenous Engagement Manager Grant Marshall, is working hard to close the economic, social, and health gaps and create more opportunities for young individuals like Haley who aspire to start their career in construction.

The team at Paynters is committed to fostering a working environment where everyone is free to be themselves and individuality is celebrated and encouraged.
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5 minutes WITH...

We catch up with a couple of our members for a quick chat to see what they have been up to.

George Built Constructions

Malcolm George and his team at George Built Constructions walked away with a golden gong at the 2022 National Excellence in Building & Construction Awards for their Mackenzie project.

The home won the Master Builders Insurance Brokers National Contract Home from $350,000 to $500,000 category.

The Mackenzie is a Hampton-style family home that Malcolm and his wife Sarah designed and built for themselves. There was nothing that was missed in the modern interior, from double walk-in robes, a huge ensuite, fireplace, and walk-in pantry, to integrated appliances.

We caught up with Malcolm to see what makes him tick.

Who or what inspired you to get into the building and construction industry?

From a young age, I always had a passion

for building different things. When it came time to look at school holiday jobs, I chose to gain experience with building through a local builder.

What was your first job – and a memorable moment from those early days?

It started with school work experience and then holiday work at a local builder. A memorable moment would be working with and learning from knowledgeable builders, not just about work, but also about life. Tell us about your current role – and what you love most about it.

I am the director and owner of George Built Constructions. I get great enjoyment out of the whole process – from the initial meeting when the client comes with ideas and the process that happens to get you to the handover, to when you see the owners so proud of their new home. This makes all the long hours spent in the office and on the tools worth it.

What project are you most proud of?

The Mackenzie project is the build I am most proud of.

What’s the toughest lesson you’ve learned, or biggest challenge you’ve overcome? Managing clients and the diverse needs that come with this.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Continue growing George Built Construction as a business, ensuring that we keep the morals that we have established already. Continue to see clients’ dream homes become a reality.

Tell us about any awards you’ve won and/ or training you’ve completed with Master Builders?

Last year, I won the Rising Star title at the Downs & Western Housing & Construction Awards. This award really meant a lot to me, and I was very humbled to win it.

Further to this award, also in 2022, The Mackenzie won a regional, Queensland, and National Master Builders award for its category. Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

You never say no to a job, because you never know what it may lead to. 

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A memorable moment would be working with and learning from knowledgeable builders, not just about work, but also about life.


Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast

Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast carpentry apprentice Sam Apthorp is an ardent supporter of women in construction and believes they bring a unique skill set to the table.

The Operations Manager and Contracts Administrator at Stroud Homes Sunshine Coast is currently enrolled in a Certificate III in Carpentry.

Why did you decide to study a trade?

I wanted to be able to sit in a meeting or be onsite with the trades and not only understand the problem entirely but offer solutions and guidance to support my team. The qualification is the first step towards getting my builder’s licence.

With a family and a full-time job, what are the challenges that you’ve faced “going back to school”?

There are challenges of course, time management being one of the hardest. When you are at times doing 50 to 60 hours a week, after family obligations, it can be tough sitting down to smash out a few hours of theory or spending a day on-site doing the practical work.

I am very fortunate to have an incredibly supportive family and work team, as well as a great bunch of tradies on hand who are willing to show me everything they know.

Being a woman in the construction industry, you’ve no doubt had to break a few stereotypes of your own. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in breaking down those stereotypes and proving yourself?

I have found that trying to balance career and family requirements can be challenging at times. Men in similar roles who take a day off or cancel a meeting at the last minute due to a sick child or have a family emergency are hailed as heroes and good parents. Women doing the same thing are seen as lacking focus or commitment.

When I first started working in the industry, I was in positions that were typically womencentric roles, such as document control, administration, and contracts. I joined a company as a Housing Coordinator, which enabled me to be on site while being trained by construction and project managers.

I know there are a lot of women out there who are pigeonholed and face a lot of push back when trying to progress in their careers. But I have been so fortunate to work with companies that take on active roles in recruiting and encouraging women in the industry.

I have no problem asking for what I want and calling out behaviour I do not find acceptable. I think having that confidence in myself and my ability and the way I communicate with others helps those around me feel the same.

What do you think is the biggest myth busted about women working in our industry? That we don’t have the skills, strength or ability to do whatever role we are in or that the reason we got to where we are is because of personal relationships and nepotism. Another common myth is that, as women, we must choose between focusing on a family or a career. There is this misconception that they are not something that can coexist.

What qualities and skills do you think women bring to the table in the building and construction space?

The women I know in the industry all share similar qualities. They are passionate, hardworking, and tend to have a slightly more empathic approach to their day-to-day dealings, and this helps significantly with clients, trades and suppliers.

This is not to say that we are not strong, confident and determined women… simply that knowing the balance between being fierce and feminine has advantages and can open doors and opportunities that a blunter approach may not.

Why do you think it’s so important to recognise and empower women in the industry?

It’s important that there are more female role models to stand up and show that a career in construction is a viable option for women. That interest needs to be nurtured and promoted through school years so that girls and young women know early on that this is something that can be done.

Finally, what advice would you give to other women who are considering carving out careers in building and construction? Know your strengths, use them, and evolve with them as you learn and grow. Ask for what you want, put yourself out there, and show the enormous amount of value that you are adding to whatever role/job/trade you want. 

I have no problem asking for what I want and calling out behaviour I do not find acceptable.
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McHugh Steel was founded in 1992 by Robert McHugh and Sonja PresslerMcHugh as Outback Sheds, then McHugh Constructions, and eventually McHugh Steel. We have been a huge part of the steep evolution, as the company is Australian and family-owned. Our primary goal is to provide personalised constructions in Queensland that satisfy the needs of our consumers. We devote special attention to individual needs by providing flexibility in design and finishes, as well as putting forward the best personnel, products, and services. Depending on your requirements, McHugh Steel manufactures at their factory in Bundaberg and supplies prefabricated wall frames and trusses for delivery to your site or supplies your job in complete knock-down form for easy assembly on site.

We proudly use the ENDuROFRAME and FRAMECAD efficient framing system, which produces accurate and easy-to-assemble wall frames and trusses. Manufactured for difficult Australian climate conditions, structures are 100% termite-proof and perform well in bushfire areas, giving you

peace of mind that your home is built to last. Steel Frames are priced competitively and will not shrink or warp with moisture changes.

McHugh Steel presently holds a QBCC Open Builders Licence. We can provide our customers with comprehensive supplies and fit packages. We can supply and deliver

McHugh Steel designs and constructs custom-designed and guaranteed residential, commercial, and industrial carports, sheds, and garages.

quality custom-made BlueScope steel products for all project sizes, because we manufacture our own products.

How we operate:

McHugh Steel has over 40 pieces of plant equipment within our company, all of which operate from our 3,100m 2 workshop in Bundaberg. We are known for our lean manufacturing, whereby we ensure the most effective path of movement.

McHugh Steel has a fleet of over 20 vehicles, which can on any day carry up to 40 tonnes of material. By owning and operating our own fleet, we can remove additional delivery costs.

our key Service Areas

As one of Queensland’s largest steel manufacturers, we design, manufacture, and deliver to locations throughout Queensland such as Emerald, Gladstone, Agnes Water, Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie, and Sunshine Coast.

Services and Divisions

McHugh Steel offers a range of services that add value to residential and commercial developments. It is your one-stop shop to meet your customers’ residential, commercial, and industrial needs by providing the skills and know-how for the following divisions: Sheds, Carports, Garages; Steel Framing; Rollforming Products; Patios; and Roofing.

Steel Framing

McHugh Steel manufactures both FRMAECAD and END u ROFRAME® building systems – a light-gauge steel framing system that’s been designed for the builder. Building with steel is an investment for the future, McHugh Steel framing is 100%

termite-proof. When you’re building with these systems, you can be assured of precision manufacturing, full engineering, straight walls, and simple electrical and plumbing installation. The FRAMECAD and END u ROFRAME™ systems are also fully compliant with the BCA, Qualified & Efficient builders. McHugh Steel is owned and operated by a qualified builder. Rest assured, we know what’s involved in the building process. Our journey has enabled us to have processes and procedures in place to ensure a LEAN solution is available to all customers; we manufacture our own steel frames and trusses, which means that we can provide you with quick and reliable supply. We can provide frames and trusses either prefabricated, ready for installation onto your building site, or supply products as a kit of parts for your own assembly. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered! McHugh Steel is your go-to framing specialist in Bundaberg and the Wide Bay.


McHugh offers a wide range of Stratco patios for sale, and our knowledgeable patio sales team would be happy to assist you with all your home improvement or building product patio questions. Get a 100% custom-designed, engineered, and manufactured patio that re-invents how you look at outdoor living – choose from a wide range of patio styles.


Any roofing project undertaken by our team undergoes numerous quality checks to ensure you get what you pay for. Our manufactured products come in standard Colorbond, u ltra, Zincalume, and Galvanised.

Our Profiles can be used for wall and roof sheeting sheds, patios, and industrial and commercial buildings. We can supply and fit new roofing as well as replace or repair existing roofing. All our fitters are fully licensed, and all QBCC standards are met on each job. Our weather here in Queensland is never predictable, so choosing quality is the safest bet for our seasonal extremes.

Roll forms

Rollforming is a process that is used to incrementally bend a metal sheet into identical panels that can be used for such things as cladding or roofing. The benefit of this process is that it quickly and accurately produces the panels at an unlimited length. We manufacture many Rollform products such as C Purlins, Z Purlins, Sheeting, Gutter, Fascia, Flashing, and Brackets, to name a few. All our products are manufactured in our Bundaberg-based factory using stateof-the-art machinery with well-trained and experienced operators.

The Rollformed steel we manufacture is then used on our sheds and garages, ensuring that the entire build process is kept in-house. This means that we produce only what we need to and can stand by the quality of all our industrial sheds and garages as we’ve processed the materials ourselves. 

For additional information about McHugh Steel’s wide range of products visit

We can supply and deliver quality custom-made BlueScope steel products for all project sizes because we manufacture our own products.

Need your Waterproofing licence?

Our course is a combined RPL skills assessment and short skills workshop1, helping you get qualified fast with industry experts. Open to builders and anyone with experience who holds a relevant construction trade qualification.

Don’t get caught out fixing expensive waterproofing issues. Learn the ins and outs of internal and external waterproofing, and gain the skills to take on larger projects. We’ll get you up to speed on:

• Product suitability and tool selection

• Common defects and rectification

• Surface preparation

• Application factors

• Gold Coast | Tuesday, 14 March to Sunday, 19 March

• Rockhampton | Wednesday, 10 May to Monday, 15 May

• Mackay | Thursday, 25 May to Tuesday, 30 May

• Townsville | Friday, 9 June to Wednesday, 14 June

• Cairns | Saturday, 17 June to Thursday, 22 June

• Sunshine Coast | Wednesday, 19 July to Monday, 24 July

• Injection systems

• Subterranean applications

• Practical application of waterproofing products

• Manufacturer certification.


• Brisbane | Thursday, 3 August to Tuesday, 8 August

• Toowoomba | Tuesday, 22 August to Sunday, 27 August

• Bundaberg | Thursday, 7 September to Tuesday, 12 September

*See QBCC website for full list of licensing requirments. CSQ funds to a maximum of $5500 for this course (subject to funding availability and eligibility criteria). **To apply for your waterproofing trade contractors licence through QBCC, applicants need to provide the current establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures unit in conjunction with the Certificate III waterproofing qualification. ^CPC31420 - Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing | ¹6-day course - RPL eligibility criteria requirements for course entry | RTO 30097
Gain the qualification you need to apply for your Waterproofing licence through the QBCC, with Master Builders’ CPC31420 - Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing ** .
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CSQ FUNDING $1495 REDUCES PRICE TO SAVE $5500! * for eligible students* CALL 1300 13 60 02 TO ENQUIRE



Start your own shed business or complement your existing business by selling sheds. McHugh Steel is proud to offer a program that designs and engineers custom sheds. Our authorized dealers using the McHugh Steel Program take care of quoting, designing, and selling steel sheds to their customer bases, and, even better, there are no licensing fees. McHugh Steel is able to distribute sheds Queensland wide, and you can rest assured our premium products are of the highest quality and integrity. Get in contact with Rob McHugh to learn more.


SwitchMix® by Phoenix is a revolutionary innovative technology offering the ultimate flexibility with bathroom fittings. It consists of two main components, the Rough-In Kit (in-wall component) and Fit-Off Kit (the cartridge, handle, and backplate). As the cartridge is supplied with the Fit-Off Kit, box sizes for the Rough-In Kits are compact and easy to store or carry, readily available for the next job. There is no risk of damage to finishes on the construction site, as these parts are stored separately in the Fit-Off Kit box. Available now through plumbing merchants.

N EW gYPR o C k EC08™ Ex TREME

The newest addition to Gyprock’s EC08 board range, EC08 Extreme is a multifunctional plasterboard engineered to deliver exceptional impact resistance across hard- and soft-body impacts as well as surface indentation. This makes it ideal for walls in hospitals, mental health facilities, correctional facilities, sporting facilities, schools, or anywhere extreme impact damage of all different types is a risk. To find out more, speak to your local Gyprock representative about EC08 Extreme.


The benefits of using Rondo light-gauge Steel Studs in internal non-load-bearing applications are too significant to ignore. Rondo Steel Studs are the superior choice due to their precision-engineered design and unrivalled quality. Standout features:

• Folded hems for added protection and strength

• Knurls for better control and efficiency

• Boxed stud arrangements for perfect boxed stud profiles

• Bellmouth service holes for installer protection and preservation of fed cables and pipes

• Optimum Z275 Zinc coating for maximum protection against corrosion

Rondo Steel Studs are the real deal, compliant with NCC construction codes and all relevant standards. products/walls/steelstud-track-wall-framingsystem/

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A quick look at the latest products and services that can help you in your business.


Efflock was launched in Sydney in October 2012 by small builder and NSW Master Builders member Ben Burdett. It has since become standard specification for architects and quality builders on many projects large and small. The product is most often used in tiling and brickwork to prevent unsightly leaching. Efflock’s repellent effect provides a primary water barrier to waterproofing and has big advantages for your building program – minimising the hassle of weather delays caused by rain on outdoor tiling screeds.

A NEW RAN g E o F C o Lo URS F o R C o Lo RB o ND ® STEEL

COLORBOND® steel launched four new colours as an update to the core colour palette. The refreshed palette offers new, paler colours, inkeeping with an increased focus on sustainable design, and complements new and popular building styles and applications. Elegant and versatile, Southerly® is a reserved hue reminiscent of coastal shorelines, distant hills, and the inviting relief of a cool change. Inspired by Australia’s natural landscapes, COLORBOND® steel has the durability to perform in some of Australia’s harshest conditions. Discover COLORBOND® steel’s new and refreshed palette on our website.

F o R A STR o N g ER k F o RCE

SE Qld VAs was established to provide a solution for small to medium enterprises based in South East Qld. With the cost and headache of employing onshore staff seemingly only increasing, we aim to give you access to a larger pool of workers. Global companies that are household names have a large presence throughout the Philippines.

We’ve had Virtual Assistants over a number of years and have put what we’ve learned from our own mistakes into our business model so that you have the best chance of success.


As commercial projects ramp up in Queensland, the favourite supplier for building and commercial contractors is becoming Pro Plaster; the largest independent plastering compound manufacturer in Australia, locally made in sunny Queensland. From hospitals to high rise units, plastering compounds such as 4T, TradeBase, and Hamiltons are set every day on site. Cut out the corporate and the price tag without compromising on quality and compliance. All our products are made to Australian standards and warranted on any brand of Plasterboard.

Join the Pros and find out how you can save and experience our personalised service for plasterers by plasterers today.


The PERMALITE® aluminium products range from Lysaght is increasingly the preferred cladding and rainwater goods solution for residential properties in coastal environments. PERMALITE® roofing and walling products are shaped from 5251/5052 marine-grade aluminium that offers exceptional resistance to corrosion in marine or industrial environments, hence its suitability for harsh coastal locations. The availability of either pre-painted or unpainted finish options, a range of profiles, and the inherent corrosion resistance of aluminium gives the PERMALITE® range the edge over many other materials, even in the most demanding environments.

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Our panel of industry experts share some of the common questions they are asked.

Advocacy & Policy

Are building contractors insured under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme?

The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme financially assists homeowners who suffer loss because a building contractor has carried out defective or incomplete residential construction work on their home.

The Scheme does not provide insurance cover for building contractors.

Is the builder liable if a claim is paid regarding their work?

If a claim is paid by the Scheme, the QBCC may recover the payment amount as a debt from the building contractor who carried out the defective or incomplete work. Potential consequences for not paying the debt are serious and may include licence cancellation or suspension.

The QBCC can also recover insurance monies paid for a claim from other persons involved in the work. For example, depending on the circumstances, recovery action could be taken against a company nominee, a subcontractor, or a company director where their actions contributed to the defective or incomplete work leading to the claim.

Who pays the premium?

A licensed contractor who carries out residential construction work for a consumer must collect the premium from the consumer and pay it on their behalf to the QBCC. This must be done within 10 business days from entering the contract or before work commences (whichever is the earliest). If there is no consumer (e.g., a spec home), the licensee must pay the premium before work commences.

Contractors performing work for the holder of an owner–builder permit do need to collect or pay a premium. Also, there is no requirement for subcontractors to pay a premium for work performed under their subcontract.

What work is insured under the Scheme? Most building work valued over $3,300 for a

Remember, if you’re seeking professional advice, call Master Builders

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detached house, a duplex, or a unit building of not more than three storeys must be insured under the Scheme.

However, it can be quite confusing at times to work out when insurance must be taken out for specific kinds of work. To assist in this regard, the QBCC has published a comprehensive guide on its website – “A–Z guide of insurable building work”. Members can also contact Master Builders for expert assistance.

Does Master Builders offer training about home warranty insurance?

Master Builders is currently developing a short business workshop to assist building contractors to understand and comply with their home warranty insurance obligations. The workshop will be available later in 2023. 

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Building & Planning Licensing

Is building in koala habitat allowed?

Building a home in a koala priority area can be tricky. The clearing of a koala priority area or core and locally refined koala habitat area within a koala priority area is prohibited, but there are certain exemptions.

Exemptions include the ability to clear a development footprint up to 500sqm, clearing for firebreaks, maintenance, and other activities that are considered reasonable to allow landholders to live on and manage their properties. The full list of exemptions can be found in Schedule 24 of the Planning Regulation 2017.

If your property is in a koala habitat area, under the Planning Act 2016 , you may need a development approval before interfering with koala habitat.

What areas provide the best habitat for koalas?

The State mapping identifies koala priority areas that provide the best habitat for sustaining koala populations in the long term.

• Koala priority areas are large, connected areas that focus habitat protection, habitat restoration, and threat mitigation on areas that have the highest likelihood of safeguarding koala populations in SEQ.

• Core koala habitat areas represent the best quality koala habitat areas, based on the modelling of biophysical measures including climate, suitable vegetation for both food and shelter, and koala sighting records.

• Locally refined koala habitat areas include areas of mature vegetation that might not meet the Queensland Government’s criteria for core koala habitat areas. However, these areas may contain locally important vegetation for koalas, including some areas previously protected under local government planning schemes.

Locally refined local habitat areas are provided the same level of protection within the Queensland planning framework as core koala habitat for a transitional period of two years. These areas can be transition into the core habitat map.

• Koala habitat restoration areas identify land that could be restored and established as koala habitat areas. They feature low threats/constraints and high conservation opportunities.

There is no statutory requirement to accept restoration on your property if it is mapped as a koala habitat restoration area.

How to find out if the property you’re building on is affected by koala habitat?

To find out if the property you are building on is affected by a koala habitat area, you can download a free vegetation management report – Property reports and vegetation mapping | Environment, land, and water | Queensland Government (

Koala habitat mapping is also available via the Queensland Globe, an interactive map where users can view a range of spatial layers. 

Are you aware of the changes to the Australian Standards and the NCC (coming from 1 May 2023) for waterproofing domestic wet areas?

The main changes coming include waterproofing the shower wall, wet area floor-falls (gradients), and membrane-falls (gradients), and along with this come changes to design requirements, application practices, and risk levels.

Can adding waterproofing to my licence reduce problems with the certifier?

The certifier is to deem the builder or contractor both competent and correctly licensed prior to receipt of Form 43 and Form 12. While licensed builders can apply waterproofing within their scope of work, it is up to the certifier to accept and deem them competent and appropriately licensed. Please refer to the “Appendix – explanatory information” on Form 43 and Form 12.

A certifier can reject the Form 43 or Form 12 certificates, potentially resulting in expensive rectification work. It is important to consult with your certifier before any work has been completed. You may need to provide a resume or evidence of technical qualifications and confirm you hold the appropriate QBCC licence class. The person must be assessed and appointed as competent by the certifier.

How do you add the waterproofing class to your QBCC licence? You will need to have a current qualification, Certificate III in Waterproofing CPC31420 or its equivalent (and the managerial course). QBCC will only accept current qualifications or the equivalent, so if you completed the study some time ago, it may not be accepted by QBCC.

When you have the qualifications in hand, complete the QBCC’s individual application form to add waterproofing to your existing licence. If you are trading through a company structure for building work in Queensland, then the company must also have a QBCC licence and apply!

one-stop shop.

The Master Builders Training team run the Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing, which is a combined RPL skills assessment and short skills workshop, bringing together an excellent combination of technical and practical experience in the application of waterproofing products. You can also complete the managerial course requirement with Master Builders.

The Licensing team can help you with the application forms, required attachments, and the application process. 

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It is important to consult with your certifier before any work has been completed.


Nurturing our future industry leaders

Designed specifically for the commercial sector, the Master Builders Building Leaders in Construction program provides a professional development pathway for staff.

The program is delivered over five mandatory, live-in, three- and two-day workshops, with one session per month.

John said the course is unique as it’s designed and delivered to help participants become effective leaders.

“It takes them out of the workplace, so they step outside the hectic world of construction and into an environment conducive to real learning,” he said.

Covering topics including problem solving, emotional intelligence, and workplace relationships is all part of the learning curve.

“Anyone can learn technical skills, but leadership is about getting other people to do things in such a way that they want to do it.

“Insight into yourself as well as others is crucial for leadership. It’s important to not only be aware of your emotions, but be able to read others.”

Highly regarded and unique to this industry, the course is a premium management and leadership program for hand-selected participants, providing them with a nationally accredited Diploma of Leadership & Management qualification. Course facilitator John Wood said the course is open to site supervisors, project managers, leading hands, and finishing and structural foremen who have been in their current role for at least two years.

Building companies nominate employees for enrolment, and the course boasts an interactive learning environment tailored to the construction industry.

Focus is on communication skills, planning and organising, problem solving, and decision making, as well as conflict resolution, negotiation skills, and team effectiveness, including workplace relationships.

The extensive course takes 10 months to complete including residential workshop and assessment support sessions.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with colleagues across the industry. It’s also a nationally recognised qualification which will serve them well as they progress with their career,” John said.

John said the program had been running since 2012, and the demographic has changed, the course attracts a cross-blend of middle- to upper-management-level participants.

The learning process is supported by guest speakers from the industry, who share the ‘war’ stories of their successes and failures. Participants can also meet and interact with guest speakers during the course.

John said the course was not rushed but was an intensive 10 months with participants experiencing growth and a transformation during the program.

“I have seen students go on to move up the ranks of their company to become team leaders, operations managers – it’s a great foundation for future leaders of our industry,” he said. 

The next Building Leaders in Construction Program starts in March 2023. The course is held on the Gold Coast and commences only once a year with a limited number of seats available.

To register your interest, call 1300 13 60 02.

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Your workers are your lifeblood. Master Builders designs and delivers a range of courses that help move your business, and our industry, forward.





• Residential Building Contracts Administration

• • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing^

• • • Paying your People

• • Building Consultant and Expert Witness

Learn how to correctly complete residential building contracts.


Reduce defects and provide better supervision of waterproofing work. Brisbane & Gold Coast

Get a refresher on your obligations under the Modern Award and Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to wages and other conditions of employment.

Get the information you need to help take you from the job site to investigating building disputes, problem solving ,and report writing.

• • Project Trust Accounts Learn how to set up and manage project trust accounts to avoid serious fines and potential jail time.

• Payment Claims & Schedules Learn what you need to know about protecting your right to payment and avoiding hefty fines.

• Practical Licensing Applications Workshop Learn a method of how to write the site experience section of the builder’s licence application.

• Financial Essentials Learn essential business skills including cash flow management, bookkeeping, basic P&L, forecasting, and more.

• Silica Awareness understand the health impacts of silica dust and the fit testing requirements.

• Negotiation Skills Gain the tools to promote effective negotiation and techniques for turning face-to-face confrontation into side-by-side problem solving.


Gold Coast, Toowoomba, & Brisbane

Livestream & Brisbane






• Asbestos Awareness understand your legal obligations around removing non-friable asbestos. Livestream

• Paying your People Get a refresher on your obligations under the Modern Award and Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to wages and other conditions of employment.

• Certificate IV in Building and Construction^^ Get the technical qualification you need to apply for a Low Rise Builders Licence.

• Commercial Building Contract Administration Learn the ins and outs of contracts including legislative restrictions, dispute scenarios, project delays, and more.

• • • Business Management for Trade Contractors* Apply for your trade contractor’s licence.

• unfair Dismissal Learn how to minimise the risks associated with disciplinary action and terminations.

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Brisbane, Rockhampton, & Toowoomba


Due to the changing times, course dates may change or new dates may be added after the publication of our magazine, so contact our training team on 1300 13 60 02 or visit for more information.

Livestream workshops will be hosted via ZOOM. ^CPC31420 – Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing. ^^CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction. *BSBESB402 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures. | RTO 30097

Specialist Building Industry Accountants

/ Job

Optimisation / Cashflow & Profit Coaching / QBCC Licensing

/ Tax Optimisation / Bookkeeping & BAS / Asset Protection

To book your free QBCC Consultation call (07) 3124 8666, scan the QR code below, or visit

To book your free QBCC Consultation call (07) 3124 8666, scan the QR code below, or visit

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We offer a range of events across Queensland for members. From fun, social days and fancy nights out, to informative workshops and industry networking opportunities, there’s always something happening.


Christmas Smoko end-of-year festivities at Gallopers Sports Club on Thursday, 24 November. Members gathered to reflect on 2022 and share Christmas cheer.


Townsville Festive Season Celebration at the Master Builders Townsville office on Thursday, 8 December. Members gathered to celebrate the highs of 2022.

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The Gold Coast office reopened after a revamp, and members were celebrated for reaching anniversaries of 10 years and over.

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W oo MBA go LF DAY Golfers teed off at the Toowoomba Golf Club Middle Ridge on 14 October.

Master Builders BUSSQ Roadshow 2023 kicks off in May

This eagerly anticipated annual event will see Master Builders representatives travel across Queensland to each of our regional centres, bringing the latest industry news to members while showcasing exciting and innovative products.

The informative tour will be led by Master Builders CEO Paul Bidwell and other Master Builder experts, who will highlight issues affecting builders and tradies.

In each town we visit, an expert panel will discuss the latest industry topics, while members have the opportunity to browse our trade exhibition and network with other local industry professionals and members.

More details will be revealed through member communications in the coming weeks, including the topic our experts will discuss and the many trade displays and key speakers that will be part of this must-visit event. 

For more information about the Roadshow, visit


B u SSQ Roadshow.

While topics are still being finalised, we’ve locked in the following dates, so please save the date. Where you’ll find us:



Wednesday, 17 May 2023 Hervey Bay

House Hotel

Thursday, 18 May 2023 Bundaberg Bundaberg Multiplex Convention Centre

Monday, 22 May Central Queensland The Frenchville Sports Club

Tuesday, 23 May Mackay Mackay Entertainment And Convention Centre (Mecc)

Wednesday, 24 May Townsville Townsville Stadium

Thursday, 25 May Cairns Pullman Reef Hotel

Tuesday 30 May Downs & Western Rumours International Convention Centre

We are back on the road again in May for the 2023 Master Builders
DATE R E g I o N vENUE Tuesday, 9 May 2023 Brisbane Kedron-Wavell Services Club
11 May 2023 Gold Coast Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club
Events Centre
16 May 2023
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* Dates and locations may be subject to change.

Thursday, 2 March 2023

Monday, 6 March 2023

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Brisbane South Industry Info Session

Sunshine Coast Industry Info Session

Toowoomba Industry Info Session

Wednesday, 8 March 2023 Gympie Industry Info Session

Friday, 10 March 2023

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Brisbane Master Builders Golf Day

Townsville Industry Info Session

Brisbane Accountant in the House One on One Sessions

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 Cairns Industry Info Session

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Sunshine Coast Influencers (Women in Building) Workshop


Sunshine Coast

Downs & Western

Sunshine Coast


North Queensland


Far North Queensland

Sunshine Coast

Friday, 17 March 2023 Hervey Bay Master Builders Golf Day Wide Bay Burnett

Thursday, 23 March 2023

Rockhampton Influencers (Women in Building) Workshop

Friday, 24 March 2023 Gold Coast Influencers (Women in Building) Workshop

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 Cairns Trade Contractor Forum

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Friday, 21 April 2023

Sunshine Coast Business Resilience Breakfast - Accounting

Gympie Golf Day

Central Queensland

Gold Coast

Far North Queensalnd

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

UPCoMINg EvENTS 59 Master Builder EVENTS Get started today. Visit Got a question? Call 07 3225 6558 or email ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE OPTION Using DocuSign integration FREE ONLINE CONTRACTS & DOCUMENTS* Excludes suite of CSIRO and other selected documents* EXPERT SUPPORT We have a support team, online video tutorials and free workshops to support you. SAVE TEMPLATES & CREATE COPY TOOL Who said free eDocs? * Access a wealth of online contracts, supporting documents, SWMS and Safety Plans for free* Eligible Master Builders members¹ can now sign up and access a wealth of eDocs contracts and documents for free as part of their membership subscription.* We’ve got both the residential and commercial sector covered, with head and support contracts, safety and support documents, COVID-19 forms and more. Power through business faster: *T&Cs apply – visit Excludes the suite of CSIRO online documents and other selected online documents. ¹Eligible members include licensed builders, licensed tradies, manufacturers, and suppliers.

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