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August 2014

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It's been a busy month for BIO as we get closer and closer to unveiling our major 2014 development release.  There are a number of new features coming on board including a Finance Module, Asset Management Module, a new Tender Alerts system, Award Reporting and Blind Quoting capability.  All very exciting features with some definite industry firsts.  We are bursting at the seams with excitement and can’t wait for you to be able to use these tools to support your business.  Although our efforts have been behind-the-scenes, we were pretty chuffed to have caught the attention of the National Association of Women in Construction. BIO's Managing Director, Tanya Stainton, was nominated for the Innovation in Construction award. 

We're also delighted that the BIO software has captured the interest of Queensland builder and developer, Shoreline Redland - as you will see from the article below. The BIO team pride themselves on their ability to adapt our software to meet emerging market requirements and it was great to work with Shoreline through this process.

The proposed amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act were introduced into parliament on August 7th.  Read below to find out what this means for you in this month legal update.


The team is pleased to announce the addition of builder and developer, Shoreline Redlands, to the BIO network. Shoreline Redlands, the joint venture of Fox and Bell Group and Fiteni Homes, will make a significant impact on the Redlands landscape with housing, education, restaurant and shopping facilities to accommodate up to 10,000 residents.

BIO was chosen for its ability to support project management across the two companies, and its willingness to implement bespoke development to meet the company's feature criteria.

Read more about the Shoreline Redland venture and BIO's development of a supersede approval workflow from a link in an email.


Our "Current Projects" page provides all website users with a snap shot of "open" BIO projects!  

Some projects are listed below. Members - login to view full details of all current projects today!

  • Airport DFO stage 4, Brisbane
  • St Patrick's Sports & Cultural Centre, Brisbane
  • Tobruk Pool Redevelopment, Cairns
  • Rockhampton Hospital ICU Fitout
  • Casino Memorial Hospital


Hopefully you've not only seen the changes to the BIO system menu, but have chosen your preferred features for your 'favourites' menu.

In case you missed the email update, in early August BIO released several enhancements to the left-hand menu, including:

1. Revised labelling of the menu options to better clarify their purpose

2. Reorganisation of system features under more appropriate headings

3. A 'Favourites' option enabling you to restrict the number of features you see in your menu for faster access to frequently-used capabilties.

You can get more information about menu changes to builder and developer accounts here; and consultant, supplier and contractor accounts, here.



The Leadership Leap – Foster Talent and Develop Emerging Leaders

Are the next generation of leaders equipped with the right skills and qualities to confidently handle the unique challenges of the future workplace?

A new report (“Leadership Qualities: How Emerging Leaders Differ From The Crowd”) by Hudson has revealed some insights at odds with popular belief in this area. The report followed a survey of over 100 emerging leaders in Australian businesses and compared them to established leaders – those of whom they are intended to succeed in the next 5 years. Surprisingly, what this highlighted was a tendency for emerging leaders to be averse to change and have a preference instead to rely on proven ways of doing things.

It is likely that what worked for many of us when we first started our careers may not necessarily work now. This is evident in the identified skills gap of emerging leaders. Many of us started our careers in a technical space and after some time we became proficient enough to be regarded as an expert. An expert is then promoted to a management role, mainly because of their ability to work independently and achieve results, and is automatically assumed to have the right leadership qualities to succeed.

This strong task focus appears to come at the cost of building effective relationships, even though communication was otherwise identified as a strength in emerging leaders. So while a strategic focus is adopted, motivating and influencing other people to embrace that vision sometimes receives insufficient attention.

The report recommends that HR practitioners focus on four key areas in the development of emerging leaders – improving their confidence in decision-making, embracing change, encouraging more participative leadership styles and coaching in the art of persuasion and motivation.

Read the full article here.

Call 1300 604 001 and ask for BIO HR Helpdesk

The BIO Business Assistance Portal is a complimentary service for BIO Business Network Members. You will need to quote your membership number at the time of call.  Please note that these complimentary services are not available to users who are only registered as part of a Builders Preferred Team.


BIO Legal Help Desk

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BIO Legal provides a complimentary help desk for members requiring preliminary guidance about legal matters.  All calls received by the help desk are treated as confidential. Time limits apply.

The Queensland help desk service is provided by BIO’s Legal Partner MacDonnells Law.

Our Services Include:

  • Building & Construction Law
  • BCIPA Payment claims
  • Debt recovery
  • Contract Development & review
  • Credit Agreements
  • Company & Tax Law
  • Business structuring
  • Litigation Services
  • Industrial Relations Law
  • Property Law
  • Family Law

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The Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (the QBCC Amendment Bill 2014) was introduced into the Queensland Parliament by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Hon. Tim Mander MP, on 7 August 2014.

The explanatory notes accompanying the QBCC Amendment Bill 2014 state that it is intended to implement the third implementation stage of the Government's Ten Point Action Plan by:

  • Implementing amendments to update and improve the licensing system;
  • Introducing an approved demerit point system that includes heavier sanctions for I recalcitrant contractors and better protection for consumers;
  • Expanding the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme to extend coverage, including to new swimming pool construction and manufactured homes, as well as introducing optional additional cover and clarifying the provisions of this scheme to reduce uncertainty and assist with the management of claims;
  • Introduce an early dispute intervention process to allow the QBCC to conciliate/mediate disputes between consumers and contractors at no cost; and
  • Repealing the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 and introducing a new part into the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991(QBCC Act) which details the minimum requirements to be included in domestic building contracts and includes the introduction of Level 1 contracts and Level 2 contracts.

Find out what this means to you - and other related legal news in this month's legal update.

For more information on these issues, please contact Melinda Foley on (07) 4722 0220 or or Patrick Day on (07) 4722 0220 or at or call directly on (07) 4722 0220.

This article is intended only to provide general information about current legal issues and does not constitute, nor should it be used or treated as, professional or legal advice. Readers should make their own enquiries or seek legal advice before making any decisions concerning their own interests.

BIO Legal Help Desk is a complimentary service for BIO Business Network Members. You will need to quote your membership number at the time of call.  Please note that these complimentary services are not available to users who are only registered as part of a Builders Preferred Team.



FSC and AS4801 Systems

Did you know that Safety In Industry design, develop and implement Safety Systems to Federal Safety Commission and AS4801 Safety Management System Standards?

We build systems for operational excellence that are both efficient and effective.

If you’ve been considering FSC or Certified Management Systems for Safety, Quality or Environmental, then give me a call on 0458 797 836.

Safety in Industry have helped countless builders and contractors across the country in meeting their obligations under the WH&S Act. Safe Work Method Statements, Safety Management Plans and Manuals and implementation of accredited FSC / AS4801 / ISO14001 / ISO9001 certified management systems.
We provide a number of other specialist services such as capability statement writing, tender and bid writing, management training and a number of other business enhancing services.

Craig Clancy

Safety In Industry
B.Ap Sc – Construction Management
Masters Bus Process Management

M: 0458 797836
(Systems in Industry supplies tender development and bid writing services to the construction industry as well as systems development. 30yrs industry experience, government and defence tender experience).



BIO is running a FREE training session and invite you to come along to see how to access & respond to work / Tenders though the Building Industry Online system

It is important for your company to be fully aware on how to access the system and to respond to any requests for quotations as it can be the only avenue to access the builders projects.

Who Should Attend:

Estimators, Project Managers, Sales Representatives / Account Managers, Business Owners, Anyone who responds to tenders.

Location: BIO Boardroom
Venue: Level 1, HQ North, 540 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley Q 4006,
Ph:1300 604 001

(Note - Click on the Session Time to register for that training)

Training Type Date Session 1 Session 2
Subcontractors / Consultants Wed 3rd Sept 9-10am 2-3pm
Builders/Developers/Architects Wed 10th Sept 9-10am 2-3pm
Suppliers Wed 17th Sept 9-10am 2-3pm



Capital expenditure rises on service sector expansion
A rise in business investment in buildings, mostly by services firms, has boosted the Australian dollar. Read more.

Fraud costing construction industry $3b a year
Criminal prosecution for fraud may be an option in dealing with those responsible for construction industry losses of up to $3.2 billion a year. Read more.

Boral returns to profit on housing rebound
Housing market recoveries in Australia and the US should help Boral go from strength to strength after the building products maker swung back into the black. Read more.

Lend Lease boosted by asset sales
Global property developer and investor Lend Lease has reported net profit after tax of $822.9 million - a 55 per cent rise - for the year to June 30, which was in line with its recent guidance, after the sale of the Bluewater shopping mall in the UK. Read more.

ACCC forces recall of electrical cabling sold nationwide and fitted in 40,000 buildings
Defective electrical cabling sold through major hardware stores and fitted in 40,000 homes and businesses nationwide has been recalled due to a risk of fire. Read more.

Construction work down as surging residential fails to offset falling mining
Construction work done has fallen for the third straight quarter as the resources building boom winds down. Read more.

Construction sector plagued by phoenix tax, pay dodges
Some of Australia's biggest construction projects are being probed by regulators in relation to claims of corruption and tax avoidance. Read more.

Employers push back on right of entry for unions
Employers are pushing the Abbott government and the states to force union officials to wait at least 24 hours before accessing construction sites on health and safety grounds. Read more.

Solar boom drives first global panel shortage since 2006
The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut. Read more.

Grocon accuses CFMEU of intimidating building workers
Construction union boss John Setka has been accused of telling a Grocon manager suffering from cancer that he hoped the man died of his illness. Read more.

Why a ban on developer donations safeguards democracy
In November 2009 as NSW premier, I stood before the NSW ALP conference and announced that the Labor Party wouldn’t take another cent from property developers. Read more.


(QLD) Bowen Hills bus depot to be sold for $7.3 million
Brisbane City Council is set to receive $6.7 million for the sale of the Bowen Hills bus depot, which may be redeveloped into a concrete batching plant. Read more.

(QLD) Coast named biggest improver for building approvals
The Sunshine Coast has been the biggest improver in Queensland for building approvals with a 66% increase for the 12 months to June 2014. Read more.

(QLD) Rockhampton building industry on the verge of a recovery
Adrian Price believes Christmas will mark the resurgence of the local building industry. Read more.

(QLD) Self-funding library on site of former Wynnum Central School
A new community library will form part of highly anticipated redevelopment plans for the former Wynnum Central State School site, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced. Read more.

(QLD) Bargara Beach Estate is back
Almost 50 acres of "neglected" land in Bargara may soon turn into a 181 lot residential development. Read more.

(QLD) Woodgate sees wave of development activity
Development is progressing in Woodgate as an application extension for nine units, a cafe and a shop for the town's Esplanade sits with the Bundaberg Regional Council. Read more.

(QLD) Plan to transform Gold Coast into the new Venice
Could the Gold Coast be the next Venice? The Gold Coast City Council and the Gold Coast Water Authority are on a mission to transform its lesser known canal and river network into the Glitter Strip's new jewel. Read more.

(QLD) $200 million Albion development to boost urban renewal in Brisbane’s north
Property developer Arden Group has appointed Hutchinson Builders to construct a $200 million residential development which will become part of the urban renewal of Brisbane’s inner north. Read more.

(QLD) Boom time for businesses as LNG projects spend
Gladstone businesses have heavily profited from LNG construction, with the big three LNG proponents spending more than $4.6 billion with businesses since they began. Read more.

(QLD)Housing Minister to dodgy builders: We are coming for you
Queensland Housing Minister Tim Mander says the proposed overhaul of the building regulator is sending a crystal clear warning to dodgy builders: we are coming for you. Read more.

(QLD) Union says Fair Work order doesn't apply to its action
Construction workers protesting to get negotiations on their work agreement back on the table gave no sign of giving up yesterday, despite Fair Work Commission orders from 1pm for all industrial action to cease. Read more.

New South Wales

(NSW) Bunnings breaks ground at new site
New jobs and a boost to the regional economy were the benefits of a Bunnings Warehouse destined for a Princes Highway site, business and shire officials claimed on Thursday. Read more.

(NSW)New committee to develop the government's vision for Sydney's harbourfront
Responsibility for the future of Sydney's harbour foreshore will be handed to a high-powered committee led by former transport mandarin Les Wielinga. Read more.

(NSW) Surry Hills designer building has 57 people vying for every apartment — and it’s not even built yet
The Foveaux, to be built on the former Legion Cabs taxi rank in Foveaux St, will officially go on sale on September 6 but by Tuesday this week there were already 3150 buyers registered. That amounts to 57 people vying for every apartment in the block. Read more.

(NSW) Building finally to start on Woolgoolga Heights blocks
It's been years in the making but Woolgoolga Heights is now officially on its way. Read more.

(NSW) Another brick in the wall: Orange museum finally given tick of approval
After months on the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel’s website, the Orange Regional Museum has finally gained development approval. Read more.

(NSW) CSU building works approved
The official planning approval for the building phase of a multi-million campus is the latest landmark in Charles Sturt University’s commitment to Port Macquarie. Read more.

(NSW) Engineers working hard to stop Collaroy unit block collapsing into huge hole
A woman whose house is delicately balanced on the edge of the giant hole in Collaroy left by a landslip has described the development as ‘scary’. Read more.

(NSW) City project moves $2m closer
Shellharbour City Council is edging towards the final steps in the design, construction and funding phase of the City Hub project. Read more.

(NSW) Sydney shortlists five bidders to develop Central Barangaroo
Developer groups Cbus, Frasers, Grocon, Lend Lease and Mirvac are now competing to shape Central Barangaroo, three parcels of land on the Sydney Harbour waterfront. Read more.

(NSW) Property developer Hilton Grugeon casts doubt over former Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell's evidence at ICAC
Disgraced former Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell faces allegations that he and his wife lied to a corruption inquiry after a property developer gave explosive evidence implicating the couple in a "scam" artwork sale to disguise an illegal $10,000 donation. Read more.


(VIC) Clayton industrial site with development potential to go under the hammer this Friday
A corner development site at the junction of Main Road and Fairbank Road, Clayton will go to auction this Friday with $900,000 expectations through Crabtrees Real Estate. Read more.

(VIC) Sparkies threaten strikes over draft building code
The Victorian construction industry is heading for strife with a powerful building union warning that talks with employers are at a stalemate over workplace deals covering 11,000 electricians. Read more.

(VIC) Mernda rail extension plans on the drawboard
Plans for a new rail line in Melbourne’s booming outer north are quietly being drawn up by the Napthine government, just three months out from a state election in which transport issues are tipped to swing many votes. Read more.

(VIC) Growing prefabrication building industry could assist displaced auto workers
A new hub for the prefabricated construction industry was launched yesterday at an event in Melbourne. Read more.

(VIC) Observation wheel constructor vows to fight court writ
The construction company being sued for $6 million by the owner of the troubled Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has vowed to vigorously contest claims it failed to hand over proceeds of an insurance claim. Read more.

Western Australia

(WA) $1million funding for Fairbridge homes and jobs
Housing Minister Bill Marmion opened the $500,000 refurbishment of Fairbridge’s historic Saumarez Cottage, providing eight supported accommodation units for young people in need. Read more.

(WA) Indigenous learners renovate a reputation
Jaleel Olman is among 21 indigenous apprentices using their talents to transform a reclaimed orphanage in Western Australia’s southwest. Read more.

(WA) WA surge in new home building
WA is in a residential building boom, with the State on track to build a record number of new homes this year, according to a peak housing body. Read more.

(WA) Western Australian Building Commissioner fines another unregistered builder
Reliable Renovations & Construction, the TRADING name of unregistered York builder Bruce Alistair Beaton, has been ordered to pay $5,500 in fines and $900 of costs after being prosecuted by the Building Commissioner. Read more.

(WA) Apartment tower for ABC site
A $220 million development on the site of the historic former Australian Broadcasting Corporation studios is set to become the latest addition to the Perth skyline. Read more.

(WA) Premier reveals plans for $2 billion airport link tunnel
Despite state debt at record levels, the Premier has announced plans to build an underground rail tunnel from Bayswater to the airport - at a cost of $2 billion. Read more.

South Australia

(SA) Lameroo school rebuild in final stages
Plans have been approved, the concrete slab has been refurbished and tenders have closed - now, work will soon begin on the technology building Lameroo Regional Community School has been waiting for over the past 10 months. Read more.

(SA) Port Lincoln rezoning given green light for $289m housing, fishing industry development
A rezoning of land near Port Lincoln for a $289 million housing and fishing industry development has been approved by the South Australian Government. Read more.

Australian Capital Territory

(ACT) Fluffy demolition will reverberate for years
The expected demolition of up to 1000 Mr Fluffy homes across Canberra will reverberate around the city for years, not only as a massively expensive exercise but one with enormous complications and anguish writ large. Read more.

(ACT) Historic moment as ACT's top apprentices share award
Getting to work under the wide Canberra skies with some technical thinking in the mix is what the ACT's top apprentices, Garry Mills and Bradley Monkhouse, say keeps them on the job. Read more.

(ACT) Tradies and homeowners happy with tagging of contaminated Mr Fluffy homes
Canberra’s tradespeople will ultimately pay the highest price for exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos, according to the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union. Read more.

(ACT) Tenders called for contractor to build indigenous drug and alcohol retreat
The ACT government is finally taking steps to build an indigenous bush retreat for drug and alcohol rehabilitation near Tharwa. Read more.


(TAS) Tasmania's First Home Builders Boost grant cut
The Tasmanian Government will continue the First Home Builders Boost (FHOB) grant, but at a reduced rate. Read more.

Northern Territory

(TAS) Prisoners help build new Top End abattoir
Northern Territory prisoners are helping to construct cattle yards at the Livingstone abattoir being built south of Darwin. Read more.



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New videos are available demonstrating how you can create and manage your tender and construction stages. If you're a builder or project manager there may be features of the BIO tool that you're not using. 

Maximise your use of BIO and check these videos out now:

Creating a tender - part 1

Creating a tender - part 2

Managing the construction phase


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"ADCO Constructions recently completed a full assessment of our online tendering needs for both our estimating and construction departments, BIO came out in front. Now having moved to use the system for all our tenders and some of our live construction projects, we are very happy with the exceptional service we have received and are impressed with the support systems they have in place for Subcontractors and Suppliers. We also approached BIO with regard to upgrading the system to suit some requirements that ADCO would like implemented, they were very forthcoming with the requests and had the system upgraded within days which was incomparable to other systems we had researched. The BIO team are very innovative and seem to be focused on being number one in online document management systems and their endeavour to get there was another reason for ADCO to sign up. As the BIO system improves and updates at the rate it currently is, other systems will struggle to keep up."

Luke Annear, Senior Estimator - ADCO Constructions April, 2011


"RCQ Construction (Commercial Builder) has been using the BIO Website as a tender and document control system since BIO was first established. We have found the website has at least halved the time and resources spent to distribute tender documents out to the tender market. We have also found that BIO covers nearly 90% of all subcontractors and suppliers in the North Queensland area and is continually expanding all the time. BIO is also a great document control system that can be used from the infancy design stage right through to completion of our major projects. Full credit to BIO on getting a tender and document control system that works for our Construction Industry."

Chris Ahern, North Queensland Manager, RCQ February, 2011


"Woollam Constructions has been using Building Industry Online for the last 12 months and it has really helped to streamline our tender operations. I think the biggest benefit to us and to the subcontractors, consultants and suppliers who use Building Industry Online is the fact that we (Estimators) get to deal directly with construction industry members assisting us to price our projects. Without the direct channels created through BIO subcontractors and suppliers have to go through our support team who help us to manage the information flow on each job. BIO is like our internal support team. So by using BIO, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants get to deal directly with us!. We would highly recommend membership to this system."

Geoff Holmes, Woollam Constructions February, 2011


"My company had only just joined BIO when we received an invitation to a networking event, we attended this function which was held at Woolloongabba and found the event to be very informative and refreshing on many levels. I could see the benefits of becoming a member straight away. I have also had a number of inquiries come through to my email requesting quotes for certain jobs from other BIO members so the impact of joining BIO has been instant!. Thank you to the BIO team for your efforts thus far and we at Quiet Please Acoustics are looking forward to what BIO has to offer moving forward."

Lance Courtenay,

Quiet Please Acoustics Pty Ltd


Davies Climate Control have been members of BIO for a number of years. The team at BIO offer a fantastic service!. I can’t fault it. We would highly recommend BIO to anyone working within the Construction Industry”, Michael Davies, Davies Climate Control.


“I find the ability to easily review an entire document set for a project is an invaluable tool, coupled with the user friendly interface and support as well as the real time notification of addendums; BIO has become a cornerstone of our Tendering process.” Roy Bouttell Ruswin Locksmiths


“BIO has greatly helped us expand not only our name, but our product and client base as well. The service and feedback from the BIO crew has been fantastic for our business, particularly with new staff. Worth every cent! “

Shane Miller The Easylift Group Pty Ltd

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