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Launch of the Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling

2 December 2014

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I am pleased to be here with you to launch the Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling. It goes without saying that the building and construction industry is a very important part of our economy and our society.

The industry provides us with the physical infrastructure we need to maintain or improve our living standards — houses, offices, schools, shops, roads, factories, ports, utilities and many other things. It also employs more than a million people and creates high-skill jobs and investment in other industries that lead to further social and economic benefits for many Australians. In short, when industries like the building and construction sector thrive, so does the nation. That is why a key focus of the Government is to create the conditions that will make Australian industry competitive and more productive.

We appreciate the impact that efficiency improvements can have on the competiveness of the building and construction industry. We want to see the industry thrive and create more jobs and we value methods that can help ensure efficient and quality construction in Australia, including methods that new technology has to offer. All around us, we are seeing rapid changes occurring in response to advances in digital technology. The Australian economy itself is evolving in response to these changes. From an economy based on capital-intensive heavy industries, we’re making a transition to a knowledge-based, high-value added economy, led by innovation.

This can provide us with opportunities that can complement the traditional ways of design and construction—and the digital representation of the building process is a good example. I’ve had a good chance to look through the Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling. It is a great resource that will provide practical advice to people working in the building and construction industry on Building Information Modelling—or BIM—and help them better understand the opportunities that BIM can deliver. By providing consistent procedures and protocols, the framework ensures BIM can be consistently applied on projects and its data shared among all project parties. The framework’s explanation of the challenges that project teams can face in implementing BIM is also valuable.

I commend the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council and the Australian Construction Industry Forum for developing this resource and providing advice on the use of BIM. The Government recognises the potential value of BIM as an enabling technology. We support industry-driven adoption of new technologies and processes, based on their clear commercial value. In keeping with our deregulation agenda, the Government does not seek to tell industry how it should operate, nor does it mandate specific technologies or processes.

It is Industry, rather than government, that is best placed to make its own commercial decisions on enabling technology. The Government’s role is to create the right policy setting to make it easier for business and industry to operate and succeed. As a former builder, and with family working in the trade, I’m pleased the building and construction industry has been performing strongly in recent months. The latest AiG/HIA Australian Performance of Construction Index shows the sector expanded for the fifth consecutive month in October.

The Government recognises the competitive pressures industry faces and we are committed, in fact very committed, to helping ease these pressures. We will continue to press ahead with the work we began late last year to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, including businesses in the building and construction industry.

We’ve abolished the carbon tax and mining tax, which will reduce cost pressures on businesses and households, as well as restore Australia’s attractiveness as a preferred investment destination. We’ve also repealed thousands of pieces of legislation and regulations this year, with total net savings for business of more than $2.1 billion. This is over and above our commitment to cut red tape by $1 billion per year to reduce the regulatory burden on industry and the community. And last month we made good on our pledge to deliver an Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.  The reforms outlined in this agenda will help us create a lower cost, business-friendly environment, produce a more skilled labour force, generate better economic infrastructure, and foster industry innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ladies and gentlemen, we will continue to work with industry to get the economic settings right so businesses can grow, invest and create more jobs. The Abbott Government values collaboration with industry and this framework is an example of industry and government organisations working together to increase efficiency and productivity in industry. Ladies and gentlemen, I take a great deal of personal pleasure on being here to officially launch the Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling.

Thank you.

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