Record $32.8B building work in Victoria 2016-17

One of the key indicators for the building industry is the number of building and construction permits issued by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

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Here is a press release from the VBA that will be of great interest to our readers and followers…

Press Release

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Record $32.8b building work in Victoria in 2016-17 – rural growth outstrips metropolitan

The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

Across the state, regional and rural Victoria performed better growth-wise than metropolitan Melbourne with the value of building permits outside Melbourne up 6.9 per cent from the 2015-16 value to $5.8 billion. Inner and outer Melbourne rose a combined 3.4 per cent to $27 billion.

VBA Chief Executive Officer Prue Digby said that the value of domestic building permits (houses) for the year was a record $17.3 billion – almost 7 per cent higher than the previous record of $16.2 billion in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, residential building permits (including apartments) fell 11 per cent to $5.3 billion when compared to the previous financial year – still the second highest value on record for this building use category.

Ms Digby said that by local government area, the City of Melbourne remained the number one municipality in the state, with $3.9 billion of building work, followed by the City of Wyndham ($1.8 billion, almost 20 per cent above the 2015-16 level) and the City of Casey ($1.6 billion, also almost 20 per cent higher). The City of Greater Geelong was the number four municipality in the state at $1.4 billion, a rise of 12.8 per cent over 2015-16. Eight of the top 10 municipalities reported works of more than $1 billion in 2016-17.

The biggest building permit issued in metropolitan Melbourne (and Victoria overall) in 2016-17 was for a mixed use Commercial development at Narre Warren valued at $98 million. In rural Victoria, an aged care facility at Armstrong Creek in the Greater Geelong municipality accounted for the highest cost of work, at $28.6 million.

By building use category, the value of building permits in 2016-17 compared with 2015-16 showed:

  • Domestic (houses) increased 6.9 per cent to $17.3 billion
  • Residential (including apartments) fell 11.0 per cent to $5.3 billion
  • Commercial rose 11.8 per cent to $4.1 billion
  • Retail fell 12.2 per cent to $1.7 billion
  • Industrial rose 11.5 per cent to $614 million
  • Public buildings rose 31.9 per cent to 2.7 billion.

By region, the value of building permits in 2016-17 compared with 2015-16 showed:

  • Inner Melbourne increased 0.8 per cent to $14.8 billion
  • Outer Melbourne rose 6.8 per cent to $12.2 billion
  • Gippsland fell 0.4 per cent to $884 million
  • North Central fell 9.0 per cent to $953 million
  • North East rose 14.0 per cent to $838 million
  • North West rose 8.9 per cent to $974 million
  • South West rose 15.7 per cent to $2.1 billion.

Building surveyors submit information relating to their building permit functions to the VBA each month. The information provided by the VBA is drawn from and is reliant on this information.

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Sun Safety on Construction Sites

Melbournians typically welcome summer with open arms. It’s the start of beach cricket, picnics, BBQs and having a good time but we must also remember the dangers that come along with those good times, especially in the work place.

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As we all know Melbourne weather can deliver 4 seasons in one day however is not uncommon for us to experience days where the weather can hit the high 30’s. If the correct precautions are not taken this can result in heat stroke where the body temperature rises up to 40.5º and the body’s internal system starts to shut down. Some symptoms of heat stroke are throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, red, hot & dry skin, rapid shallow breathing, lack of sweating and unconsciousness just to name a few. These symptoms can lead to serious injury to the brain and other internal organs.

When approaching extreme weather days we need to consider the types of work that will be taking place and whether these can be re-scheduled, whether more man power needs to be hired to ensure the work is completed on time and allowing workers to take more frequent breaks.

Outdoor workers receive five to ten times more sun exposure each year than indoor workers. Spending long periods outdoors can put your workers at high risk of skin cancer.

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Some ways of preventing heat illness on the work site:

  • Provide shade close to the work site where possible for refuge from the direct sun and for rest periods
  • Provide SPF30+ broad spectrum sun cream on site
  • Ensure workers have frequent rest breaks and/or rotate duties to allow people to cool down and to limit exposure.
  • Ensure adequate PPE for hot weather is worn, i.e. light breathable clothing, full brim hats etc
  • Provide and encourage the use of mechanical aids
  • Try to organise strenuous work for the cooler parts of the day or consider earlier starts to avoid the heat
  • Provide fluids close to the work area and encourage construction workers to make up for body fluid lost through sweating. A useful “rule of thumb” is that workers should drink at least half a litre of water each hour if hot environments result in excessive sweating
  • Inform and train construction workers to recognise symptoms of heat-related illness

Troubleshooters Available has a legal obligation to ensure its contractors are provided with a safe working environment. For your peace of mind and ours, our safety division, Site Safety Audits Victoria (SSAV), conducts regular site inspections throughout the year providing feedback and suggestions regarding OH&S on site.

Visit our website for further information.

Troubleshooters – Always Available

Troubleshooters Available has been providing construction personnel to the building industry for over 40 years. Proud, strong and committed, we have successfully navigated our way through the many peaks and troughs experienced by the industry, periods of union militancy and times of economic uncertainty.

With a flexible approach and standards set higher than our competitors, our focus has always been on meeting our clients needs and providing a labour hire service that exceeds expectations

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Our personnel are bona fide contractors who are accountable for their performance on a daily basis. Many of our contractors have their own businesses and obtain work via Troubleshooters in between projects and during down time. They have a broad set of skills and experience and a greater understanding of the nature of the industry having been involved in all facets.

By utilising our labour hire services, our clients can avoid the costs and responsibilities associated with recruiting and directly employing staff. It also allows you to overcome the problems of having core staff during quiet times or periods of inactivity.

At Troubleshooters we pride ourselves on the successful long-term relationships we have built with our clients and contractors.  Our name is one you can trust and our longevity in the business is testament to our ability to respond to the needs of our clients and the demands of the industry.

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Whether it be for casual labour, to supplement your workforce or as an integral part of your construction workforce, the services provided by Troubleshooters Available can benefit your organisation.

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Contractors wanted for Troubleshooters – Carpenters Urgently

With the weather improving, building and construction projects are well underway right across Melbourne. From Provincial nearby cities such as Geelong and Ballarat right through to the CBD of Melbourne, projects are flying along with new opportunities every day for Troubleshooters Contractors. In many cases a Christmas deadline means projects continue non-stop where possible..

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Right now we are searching for Carpenters. Whether it’s framework, formwork or a myriad of other other tasks, we need carpenters. Troubleshooters has long and short term assignments for Carpenters with immediate starts. Contact us now

Troubleshooters are a long standing player in the Building and Construction Industry. With a no-nonsense approach and a commitment to supplying reliable proficient contractors, Troubleshooters continues to maintain a loyal client base in the building industry largely because of this.

With Troubleshooters, contractors are paid at competitive rates, with superannuation contributions. All Contractors are paid on a weekly basis. OH&S is vitally important to Troubleshooters with all sites contracted required to provide safe working environments. Regular site visits are conducted by our OH&S advisors to ensure that OH&S requirements are being met.

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As a Troubleshooters Contractor, you can achieve flexibility and freedom, working the hours and locations suitable to your requirements.

For builders, construction companies and developers, Troubleshooters provide a simple, effective and flexible labour force when you want it and where you want it. Troubleshooters take care of all ‘paperwork’ including payroll, superannuation and Worksafe requirements.

So for both Contractors and Builders, it’s time to leverage with Troubleshooters. Call now on 03 9568 4877 or leave your details here. Timely, efficient and profitable. It’s time for a Troubleshooters solution.

“40 Years Serving the Building Industry”

The Christmas Rush Has Started!

It’s on. Projects scheduled for that Christmas finish. A real energy drive and a rush to complete before the Christmas deadline. Its an annual event for the building and construction industry.

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With so much pressure, the best laid plans can unravel. Delays in materials can throw scheduled tasks completely out of kilter. With tradesmen and labour following similar deadlines, builders need a failsafe solution.

At Troubleshooters we understand. With real building industry experience, we ensure that we have the right contractors on standby, ready to go at short notice. However, if you see it coming – give us more notice for an even smoother transition.

And right now Troubleshooters are making a shoutout for qualified Carpenters and Labourers with genuine construction industry experience. You’re wanted! Now!! So give us a call on 03 9568 4877 or visit our website and leave your contact details and we will call you back ASAP. Joining Troubleshooters means you’re part of an organisation with over 40 years Labour Hire experience.

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For many Construction sites, shut down over the Christmas period is compulsory. For other Builders and Construction companies this is not the case.

Troubleshooters are fully operational over the Christmas / New Year period and early January, ready and able to provide quality personnel at short notice.

Vacation time for some means finding fill-ins and replacement staff. Flexibility with full coverage of all contractual requirements – Workcare, salary provision and appropriate gear, tools and equipment – Troubleshooters simply do not miss a beat – we are there when and how you need us.

Choose Troubleshooters, get professional skilled qualified personnel and real service – when you need it.

Troubleshooters – Your Labour Hire Solution.

A new brand, A new website – Welcome to Troubleshooters

Welcome to Troubleshooters new website and social media. Today we commence our series of articles on both our latest news page and of course, here on Facebook. We will also be posting regular updates on LinkedIn via our staff pages.

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This is a refreshed start for Troubleshooters. We hope you like our new Brand and our new website.

Troubleshooters are as relevant today as they were twenty years ago. For excellent contracted staff and the highest operational standards look no further if you are a builder or developer. Experience does count as does genuine expertise and a real understanding of the Building and Construction industry. We can provide you with the right staff, from skilled personnel to labourers, when you need them, at the right price.

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Or if you’re a contractor look no further. Troubleshooters provide solid, reliable working conditions, flexibility, regular payments and one of the best safety records in the industry.

At Troubleshooters, we are justifiably proud of our reputation and felt its time to match our image with that reputation.

Whether your project is in the CBD, the outer suburbs or a nearby provincial city, make Troubleshooters your first port of call. Let us take care of your Workcare, payroll and other paperwork. No trouble for Troubleshooters – its simply what we do best.

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Call now on 03 9568 4877 for a competitive quote. Speak to our staff and discuss your needs. Fill out our contact form or if you are a contractor, download the relevant forms and apply for a Troubleshooters role. Follow the directions on the forms and the website.

We look forward to keeping you informed and up to date on a raft of issues – industrial relations, work safety, building statistics and other industry news.

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For now remember

Troubleshooters…

  • Available right now
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Don’t Delay, call now on 03 9568 4877