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Master Builders SA
10 August 2018
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2018 Building Excellence Awards
The annual Master Builders SA Building Excellence Awards is a time to celebrate and enjoy all of the positive aspects and achievements of our vibrant industry. It's a time to acknowledge some of the most outstanding accomplishments and recognise world class building projects. It's also a highly entertaining evening, and next week's Building Excellence Awards promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

For the first time in its 20-plus-year history, the event is a sell out with close to 1300 industry delegates and representatives attending. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued outstanding support for the South Australian building and construction industry's "night of nights".

Next Friday at the Adelaide Convention Centre guests will enjoy a night of fantastic entertainment, headlined by MC Sam Newman and Cosentino The Grand Illusionist. The Awards will also be televised on Building Ideas on Channel Nine on Saturday 22 September at 4:30pm.

Tickets were posted to attendees this week so expect them to arrive any day now! We look forward to celebrating with you and best of luck to all entrants.
Standing up for members on smart meter bungle
Master Builders SA has been lobbying furiously to fix a bungled government program that is causing delays of up to to 16 weeks for new electricity "smart meter" installations for new homes.

Under the "Power of Choice" program, in December last year responsibility was moved from electricity distribution companies to retailers. The resulting blowout in waiting times for new and replacement meters has left tens of thousands of families, builders and subcontractors frustrated, suffering financial hardship and in some cases even homeless.

After numerous complaints, Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg submitted a rule-change request to the Australian Energy Market Commission in March that would ensure meters were installed within six business days, as was previously the case. However, with a draft determination not due until 20 September and expected completion by mid-December, the wheels of government are moving far too slowly for the many people who are suffering on the ground.

Retailers have shown they can't be trusted. Unless there is immediate action, there will continue to be a ripple effect through the entire South Australian economy. A six day time limit for installations with significant penalties for non-compliance must be introduced immediately. Furthermore, builders' electricians, who are qualified tradespeople, should be given the authority by the energy retailers immediately to install meters and let families move into their own homes.

This problem was completely unnecessary, but the solution is simple. All it takes is our politicians to stand up for South Australian consumers and small businesses.
Want to become a builder? We can help!
The next Contractors Licensing Course starts on Saturday 1 September.

This course is mandatory when you apply for any builders licence with Consumer and Business Services. Master Builders SA members are given priority registration and a discounted rate on the face-to-face course.

The course is also available online and may attract a CITB rebate upon successful completion.

For more information, click here.
FREE industrial relations evaluation
Master Builders SA offers free industrial and workplace relations evaluations to members to assist your business to comply with continually changing and complex workplace laws. Contact us today on 8211 7466 to arrange a comprehensive review of your business' employment practices.
Fees dropped - Building Indemnity Insurance eligibiilty
Good new for Master Builders SA members! Effectively immediately MBA Insurance Services have been able to reduce your fees on Building Indemnity Insurance eligibility.

The fee structure is now:

New eligibility establishment and/or reviews - $110 ($330 for non-members)

New eligibility establishment and/or reviews with an adverse financial history, ie previous insolvencies - $330 ($550 for non-members)

That said - for any reviews/limit increases, etc there will be NO CHARGE if the builder has purchased a BII certificate within the past 12 months.

For more information, contact Candice Klau on 8461 8288.
Building Ideas
Watching Building Ideas on Saturdays at 4pm on Channel 9? If not, get on board - it showcases the best products, builders and trades South Australia has to offer!
FREE Members legal advice service
Master Builders SA is pleased to offer members a free face-to-face initial legal advice service for construction law matters. This service is provided by experts from leading South Australian construction law firm Fenwick Elliott Grace.

Members can seek advice in respect of a number of issues including contracts, disputes, industry specific matters, tenders and security of payment.

This service is available on the first Monday of each month at Master Builder SA, Level 1, 47 South Terrace Adelaide.

Contact the Industrial Relations Team on 8211 7466 to book your 20 minute session.
Enterprise Agreements
It is important for businesses to ensure they are covered by enterprise agreements that are current. If you don't have a current enterprise agreement in place, contact the Industrial Relations Team on 8211 7466. We can assist with preparing new agreements and reviewing and updating existing agreements.
Footy tips going down to the wire!
The Crows might have blown their finals chances this year, but Master Builders SA Footy Fever tipping comp is going down to the wire! With only three weeks to go, we have a tie for first place with many other members breathing down their necks!

First prize is two tickets for the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb - check it out at
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