The latest figures released by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Australian Industry Group (AI Group) show that the rate of construction in the housing industry has begun to soften, posting 35.8, up 4.9 points, where any recording below 50 is a contraction and the distance from 50 indicates the rate of contraction.

The Queensland Government and Gold Coast Council have announced they are planning to call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to develop an international cruise ship terminal and associated development on the Gold Coast.

The Federal Government has backed a plan by the Northern Territory Government to construct a gas pipeline to Gove.

The Federal Government has released it’s long awaited Energy White Paper, which is due to form the centrepiece of the country’s future energy policy.

The Queensland Office of Best Practice has handed down its Interim Report on ways the best ways to cut onerous red tape and regulation by 20 per cent.

Long serving director of Qantas John Schubert has announced he is to retire from his position of Director of Qantas after serving 12 years in the role.

The Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce has handed down its final report, identifying key strategies to be used to improve the match between training and job outcomes for individuals and employers.

Transfield services has announced it has been awarded the $200 million contract to provide maintenance and operations services to QGC’s upstream coal seam gas (CSG) assets in Queensland.

The Victorian Government has announced it is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIS) in delivering Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technologies to expand access to natural gas throughout the state.

The Western Australian Government has signed the Natural Gas (Canning Basin Joint Venture) Agreement with JV partners Buru Energy and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Rail and port operator Asciano has finalised its acquisition of New Zealand ports and stevedoring operator C3 for a reported $55.3 million.

International infrastructure services group Cardno has announced that it has acquired Sydney based surveying firm Hard & Forester.

Housing prices have only risen modestly in the September quarter, according to the latest ABS Index of Established House Prices.


Asciano has announced the appointment of Roger Burrows as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.

A.P Moller – Maersk Group subsidiary Damco has announced the appointment of Ivan Thuysnma as Global Head for the Mining Vertical, having responsibility for the global development of customers in and around the mining industry.

Australia will soon have updated rail safety worker medical standards after Commonwealth, State and Territory Transport and Infrastructure Ministers unanimously agreed to the reform.

The Federal Government has approved the Parafield Airport’s 2012 Master Plan, which sets out its strategic direction and intended uses over the coming 20 years.

Rail services giant QR National has announced the appointment of two globally-significant executives from leading North American railways to the company’s senior management team.

The Queensland Government has moved to reassure resources companies that it will continue to pursue policies and initiatives aimed at encouraging growth and exploration in the sector across the State.

The South Australian Government has officially opened the new $7.3 million Anangr Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjtjara (APY) Trade Training Centre at Umuwa, aimed at providing opportunities for skills training and career pathways for young people living in remote Aboriginal communities in the State’s north-west.

The Federal Government has announced the opening of the $8.9 million Tamworth and Districts Trade Training Centre (TTC).

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