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AMCA welcomes new Chief Executive Officer, Scott Williams

The AMCA is pleased to announce Scott Williams as its new Chief Executive Officer, starting on 10 August.

Published: 6 August 2020

What do I get for my AMCA membership?

Members of the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) get unrivalled access to critical information, training, and support.

Published: 31 July 2020

Healthy buildings: what they mean for the HVAC industry

The healthy building movement promotes the health and wellbeing of its occupants, but how does it impact the HVAC industry?

Published: 21 July 2020


Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Reform

QLD government makes changes to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 to ensure fair payment of trade contractors.

Published: 20 July 2020


COVID-19 Guidelines for Victorian Building Industry: Version 5

Version 5 of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria's Building and Construction Industry now available.

Published: 15 July 2020

Specialists not subbies: the benefits of becoming a HVAC specialist

If you’re looking for a rewarding career, consider becoming a heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) specialist.

Published: 13 July 2020


Prioritise needs of employers in review of education and training system

An effective training and education system must recognise the pivotal role of employers by providing incentives and removing impediments, making it easier to invest in the training of staff.

Published: 9 July 2020


New CPD to build industry understanding

NCC CPD courses will be launching in mid-late 2020, giving building and plumbing practitioners an opportunity to undertake online, self-paced and affordable training to advance their knowledge of the NCC.

Published: 30 June 2020


Reflections and update from Cbus CEO, David Atkin

In a new video, Cbus CEO, David Atkin reflects on what’s been an unprecedented 12 months.

Published: 29 June 2020


Tax for HVAC tradies: what work-related expenses can I claim?

As tax time rolls around, it’s time for workers in the HVAC industry to prepare their tax returns. Here are the work-related expenses you can claim.

Published: 26 June 2020


COVID-19 Guidelines for Victorian Building Industry: Version 4

Latest version of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria's Building and Construction Industry now available.

Published: 26 June 2020


QBCC warns licensed contractors to submit Annual Financial Reporting now

If you're a licensed contractor in QLD and you haven't submitted your Annual Financial Report to the QBCC yet, there’s still time—but be quick.

Published: 24 June 2020

Guidelines to managing safety-in-design in the HVAC industry

Safety-in-design is a statutory responsibility for all those involved in building services design and construction, so it is important that we have effective end-to-end procedures that manage our safety-in-design responsibilities.

Published: 11 June 2020


Ventilation can help reduce risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19

HVAC systems can help reduce the risk of airborne transmission, but should be considered as just part of a broader strategy to limit the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Published: 1 June 2020


AMCA welcomes new Executive Director in QLD and NSW

The AMCA is pleased to announce that Adrian Shackleton started work this week as Executive Director of both AMCA Queensland and AMCA New South Wales.

Published: 28 May 2020


Industrialised Construction: The way to rebound from COVID-19

New white paper says the industrialisation of construction can help lead the sector through the COVID-19 while transforming the industry into a higher-performing and more sustainable model.

Published: 8 May 2020


Building owners and managers advised to prepare HVAC systems for the return of workers

Before reopening after a period of shutdown, building heating and cooling systems should be thoroughly inspected and serviced to avoid health and safety risks.

Published: 6 May 2020


WorkSafe webinar on industrial manslaughter

WorkSafe Victoria will be hosting a free webinar on the Industrial Manslaughter legislation, which comes into effect 1 July.

Published: 29 April 2020


ATO extends time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme

The ATO has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.

Published: 27 April 2020


With Cbus, you are not alone

Cbus Chair, Steve Bracks AC and CEO, David Atkin, have recorded a message about how Cbus is set up to manage super through these turbulent times.

Published: 21 April 2020


COVID-19 Guidelines for Victorian Building Industry: Version 3

Latest version of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria's Building and Construction Industry now available.

Published: 21 April 2020


ASHRAE statements on COVID19 and HVAC

ASHRAE has published two statements regarding COVID-19 and the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

Published: 14 April 2020


QLD Government releases coronavirus FAQ

QLD government confirms ESM should continue throughout COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 9 April 2020


AMCA welcomes statement from Victorian Treasurer

QLD government confirms ESM should continue throughout COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 8 April 2020


Technical guidelines issued by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) has recently updated Health Technical Advice which provides important information for HVAC project delivery and service and maintenance activity within the Victorian health sector.

Published: 8 April 2020


​COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building Industry

Statement released from the Victorian Building Industry Consultative Committee regarding practices on building sites.

Published: 6 April 2020


Government announces $130b JobSeeker Payment

the Federal Government announced a new $130 billion JobKeeper package, which aims to keep workers connected with their employers and keep Australians in jobs.

Published: 3 April 2020


COVID-19: Cbus response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Cbus continues to do all it can to assist members, employers and sponsoring organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published: 27 March 2020

COVID-19: ATO website updated with latest news

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has updated its website with essential information about tax and superannuation changes.

Published: 27 March 2020


COVID-19: Building and construction industry employers and unions unite on COVID-19 safety message

Victorian industry unites to stress the need to follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open.

Published: 25 March 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) declared global health pandemic

The World Health Organisation has formally declared COVID-19 a global health pandemic. Public health officials and experts are encouraging all individuals, businesses and the community at large to do their part to respond to the emerging public healt

Published: 18 March 2020


Cbus works hard to keep members covered

Cbus and other industry stakeholders have engaged closely with government to ensure at risk workers retain automatic insurance protections.

Published: 26 February 2020


NSW Government to recognise Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme

NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has announced major changes to the regulatory regime for fire protection systems.

Published: 25 February 2020


Update your Red Card to nationally recognised White Card

Are you eligible to transfer your Victorian 'Red Card' to a nationally recognised 'White Card'?

Published: 19 February 2020


QLD Government responds to building fairness reform recommendations

The Queensland Government has either accepted or accepted in principle all 20 recommendations proposed in the Building Industry Fairness Reform Report.

Published: 18 February 2020


Expressions of interest needed for fan engineering program

AMCA Tasmania is seeking expressions of interest for a training program targeted at fan engineers who currently work in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry.

Published: 18 February 2020


BIM use by mechanical contractors delivers business value

Join our webinar to learn how mechanical contractors are using BIM to reduce labour and materials costs while improving schedule performance and productivity.

Published: 12 February 2020


HVAC Centre of Excellence wins international award

AMCA and Holmesglen institute recognised for HVAC Centre of Excellence with CIBSE award in the category of Learning and Development.

Published: 12 February 2020


Register your interest for study tour in Seattle

Join a group of AMCA members for an invaluable study tour in Seattle that includes site tours of leading US contractors and global innovators, Amazon and Boeing.

Published: 30 January 2020


Smoke haze alert: Keeping your employees safe from bushfire smoke

As bushfires continue to burn across the country, the AMCA is encouraging all members to review relevant health and safety policies.

Published: 30 January 2020


Plans released for the future of building and construction in NSW

New plans to introduce new ratings system for industry professionals, powers for the building regulator.

Published: 30 January 2020


Queensland Government to release draft principles for Lean construction

Have your say on the Queensland Government's new draft principles for lean construction on government projects.

Published: 30 January 2020


Kickstart the new year with fresh goals

Whether you’re trying to get fitter, quit a bad habit or save a little more – here are a few ideas to help you and your employees put your best foot forward in 2020.

Published: 30 January 2020


AMCA announce Apprentices of the Year at Charity Dinner

Held at the beautiful Adelaide Zoo rotunda, AMCA South Australia proudly announced joint winners of this year's Michael Barnes Apprentice of the Year award.

Published: 18 December 2019


QBCC annual reporting requirements due 31 December

Due 31 December 2019, new reporting requirements aims to ensure every building contractor in Queensland has a strong, financially sustainable business.

Published: 18 December 2019


Government takes next step to strengthen protections against unfair contract terms

A new round of consultations has been announced to explore options to further enhance Unfair Contract Term protections for small business.

Published: 16 December 20