Journal article

IT-based control and assessment of partnering relations in construction projects

This paper presents a digital system for controlling and assessing partnering relations during the carrying out of construction projects, called “B-rel”. The study shows that developing partnering relations in construction projects has the greatest carryover to benefits concerning their time and cost.
Journal article

Identification of potential uses of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for construction supply chain management: Preliminary studies

Supply chain construction continues to grow and becomes important in project management. This study aims to identify the potential use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction supply chain management.
Report

Industrial relations in a post-COVID world

Industrial relations regulation in Australia is an historical anomaly. It is highly prescriptive and complex, with substantial third party involvement. The economic shocks of COVID-19, and the associated government responses, have rendered aspects of our industrial relations regulations unworkable. This paper proposes some solutions.
Policy report

The economic challenge of COVID-19

This paper argues that attempting to eradicate the COVID-19 virus would impose unbearable economic and social costs and Australia must find low-cost ways to live with the virus, rather than remaining constrained while waiting for a vaccine that may take years to arrive, if ever.
Journal article

The influence of trust in traditional contracting: investigating the "lived experience" of stakeholders

Contractual design encourages stakeholders to defend their own individual interest to the likely detriment of project objectives. These failings are not disputed, however, given that trust is a fundamental requirement for human interaction the influence of trust is potentially important in terms of stakeholder relationships...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Would building workers have less rights than ice dealers under ABCC laws?

The CFMEU claims that if the Coalition re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission, a worker will have "less rights than an ice dealer".
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is the CFMMEU the most unlawful organisation in the history of Australia's industrial laws, as Christian Porter says?

As the Federal Government seeks support for tougher union penalties under its proposed Ensuring Integrity Bill, Attorney-General Christian Porter has repeatedly criticised the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union, or CFMMEU, labelling it
Report

Promoting compliance through behavioural insights

This report looks at how behavioural insights techniques could be applied to reduce costs and barriers to access for employers and employees who use the Fair Work Commission’s services, and improve overall compliance with unfair dismissal and enterprise agreement lodgment requirements.
Discussion paper

Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework

The Australian government is committed to an industrial relations system that balances the needs of both employees and employers, including those engaged in small business. This paper seeks input from the community about the operation of the current compliance and enforcement framework.
Discussion paper

Secondary boycotts in Australia: history and context

Australia has a long history of secondary boycotts, which have been widely used for causes now generally accepted. This paper outlines the argument that expanding laws primarily intended to limit union power to outlaw advocacy campaigns is illiberal, and would require significant changes to the...