On Monday this week, the first ACIF Member Meeting of 2022 was held, and it was a successful and valuable time of sharing perspectives and moving forward on various key topics. Four hours is a long time for an online meeting, and hopefully they will be face-to-face going forward. There were so many issues to discuss, that it was not possible to make it shorter. Guests from Safe Work Australia, the Department of Industry and the Australian Building Codes Board spoke with members for almost two hours of the meeting.
With Probuild going into administration, it is a shock for the industry, and troubling for their workforce of around 750. Hopefully the company can either restructure, or a buyer can quickly be found. After speaking to Probuild staff, my understanding is that the reasons for the financial difficulty are unique to Probuild, and are not symptomatic of wider industry issues. However, the administrators will build a detailed picture of the nature of the issues, and the rest of us will only hear pieces of the puzzle in the meantime.
I’d like to welcome the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA). to the ACIF membership. CHIA is the peak industry body for the Australian community housing industry, which provides one in five of Australia’s social housing properties, complementing public housing. Community housing providers manage a $30 billion-plus portfolio of more than 100,000 rental properties. CHIA members are involved in both construction and facility management, and I’m really pleased to have them on board with ACIF.
I’d also like to welcome John Kilgour as the new CEO of the Fire Protection Association of Australia, and Adrian Shackleton as the CEO of the National Fire Industry Association . Both are long-standing and valued member associations of ACIF.
Finally, our thoughts are with those coping with floods in northern New South Wales and Queensland, and the brave people of Ukraine at this time.
Dr James Cameron
ACIF Executive Director
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