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Population growth the key to economic growth

Population growth the key to economic growth

Building approvals data released by the ABS today highlights why population growth is so important for the building industry and the wider economy, Master Builders SA says. The trend estimate for the total number of private sector houses in South Australia was flat in...

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Home ownership must not be an unattainable dream

Home ownership must not be an unattainable dream

Home ownership will be an unattainable dream for most young South Australians unless stamp duty exemptions are introduced, Master Builders SA says. According to ABS data out today, the number of loans to South Australian first home buyers fell to the lowest amount in...

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ABS Building Activity data a mixed bag

ABS Building Activity data a mixed bag

Data released by the ABS today shows why optimism is on the rise in the South Australian commercial building sector, but again highlights the need for policies to stimulate the struggling housing sector. The value of work done for the September 2017 Quarter was $1.319...

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Taking the axe to stamp duty a “no-brainer”

Taking the axe to stamp duty a “no-brainer”

Master Builders SA is calling for immediate reforms to increase building approvals and protect jobs across the industry. Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos said data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today again highlighted the need for stamp duty...

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Non-housing residential construction at all-time high

Response to 4 Corners Story on Cladding

“Master Builders and its 33,000 members want the community to have faith in the safety of our built environment,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “It’s completely understandable that fires at the Grenfell Tower in the UK and the Lacrosse building...

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Reform needed for flagging sector

Reform needed for flagging sector

A persistent decline in South Australian building approvals demands immediate reforms to protect jobs across the industry, Master Builders SA says. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today shows 673 new homes were approved in July 2017, down 6 per...

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Non-housing residential construction at all-time high

Cladding audit a vote of confidence in SA building

Cladding audit results showing no properties represent a safety risk is a reassuring outcome that is a vote of confidence in South Australian building, Master Builders SA says. Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos said the audit – undertaken by the State Government, the...

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Unemployment wins and losses

Unemployment wins and losses

This release can be downloaded as a PDF here. A celebration of South Australia’s falling unemployment rate must be tempered by concerns about the State’s near-20 year high in youth unemployment, Master Builders SA says. Data released today by the Australian Bureau of...

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Fact Sheet – Job Accelerator Grant

Fact Sheet – Job Accelerator Grant

What is the Job Accelerator Grant? The State Government is introducing initiatives such as the $200 million Future Job Fund and an extension of the successful Job Accelerator Grant, offering $10,000 for each new employee hired. This was extended in the last State...

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Unlicensed builder fined

Consumer and Business Services has had another win with an unlicensed air-conditioning contractor ordered to pay more than $34,000 in compensation and fines for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. Kain Selby-Fullgrabe, 43, sole director of Town and Country...

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New pathways to success

Master Builders SA has completely rewritten its approach to industry education to offer more pathways to success. Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos said the building and construction industry had always been best-served by ongoing education – but moving from...

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New tax adds to cost of living

New tax adds to cost of living

This release can be downloaded as a PDF here. A proposed new carbon tax on cars would add a $5000 burden on businesses trying to survive and eat into household budgets already stretched by South Australia’s high costs of living. Master Builders SA Chief Executive...

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