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Commonwealth welcomes Queensland Government support for the Construction Industry reform strategy



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MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SENATOR PETER COOK

Monday 13 April

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

COMMONWEALTH WELCOMES QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REFORM STRATEGY

At a meeting of the Construction Industry Development Council in Melbourne today, the Minister for Industrial Relations, Senator Peter Cook and the Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs, David Beddall, welcomed the support of the Queensland Government for the Federal Government's Construction Industry Reform Strategy.

At a signing ceremony in Brisbane last Thursday the Queensland Minister for Administrative Services, Ron McLean, pledged the State Government's support for the reform strategy.

The Ministers said that the support of almost all State and Territory Governments, all key industry bodies and unions was vital to the success of the reform strategy.

"To date the governments of Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory had signed the Agreement, which commits the parties to specific measures designed to improve the performance of the

industry up to world class practices and standards," Mr Beddall said.

"All the major stakeholders are now·committed to the successful implementation of the strategy. This represents an unparalleled approach to reform of this industry in this country."

Senator Cook said that the reform strategy reflected the Government's strong commitment to a program of action directed towards achieving critical and substantial micro-economic reform in Australia's construction industry.

The Council discussed the opportunities provided by the Government's One Nation Statement and the linkages with the reform and development strategy for the construction industry.

"We see the strategy as providing the underpinning to the substantial infrastructure spending outlined in the One Nation program," the Ministers said.

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"The cornerstones of the strategy include:

- a wide ranging In-principle Reform and Development Agreement, embracing hard challenges and objectives that are necessary yet realistic and achievable

- the establishment of the Construction Industry Development Agency, a statutory authority which is focussing on implementing the key elements of the strategy

- the tripartite Construction Industry Development Council, composed of more that 50 senior union, industry and government representatives and which provides a national voice for the construction industry

- the development and implementation of an effective Code of Practice, to initially apply to all major public works projects, providing a vehicle for achieving reform and increased efficiency in the industry." '

Today's meeting of the Council was provided with the draft Business Plan of the Construction Industry Development Agency. The Plan is the blueprint for the Agency's objectives for reform in the industry. It will be finalised over the next month on the basis of further discussion within the industry.

The Council also discussed ways of formatting model projects as a practical means of achieving improved productivity and quality of output in line with international best practice.

Contact:

Tery Brosnan (Department of Industrial Relations) 062437521 Gary Quinlan (Minister's Office) 062777320