June – August 2016

June - August 2016

New rules around salary packaging

Providing non-cash benefits to your employees can leave you with a steep tax bill. Here’s what you need to know about new changes to fringe benefits tax.  New changes to fringe benefits tax (FBT) legislation from 1 April 2016 have thrown many trade businesses into a tax-time tailspin. But making sense of the new rules doesn’t [...]

June - August 2016

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Lend me your ears

If you work in construction there is a good chance you could suffer serious hearing problems. Here’s how to avoid them. Construction workers are in one the professions most exposed to serious hearing injury. As an everyday part of their job they are exposed to six times the legal noise level limit. Over 75 per cent of construction [...]

June - August 2016

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Working Smarter – Room to breathe

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘work smarter not harder’, but working smarter in construction is about more than just getting the job done. It’s about the right tools for your job and making sure you’re protecting yourself and those around you from the work you’re doing. And this issue’s got you covered, read Fatmag’s special reports on how [...]

Cover Story June 2016

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The Ramset Way

Ramset Fasteners developed a simple idea into a thriving global business on the back of an unshakeable commitment to Australian manufacturing and user-focused innovation.  Ramset Fasteners is a great Australian success story. From humble beginnings in 1952, the company has built a strong reputation within the building and construction industry for developing, manufacturing and supplying leading edge drilling, [...]

Industry In Action June 2016

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Nesting Instinct

When a builder had a vision of constructing a state- of-the-art chicken shed, he turned to a CSS member who understood the difficulties involved. When Sydneysider Eddie Wehbe moved his family to the country, it wasn’t to embrace a relaxing, laid-back lifestyle. Instead, he built and manages a state-of-the-art farm that has him on call 24 hours [...]

Community News June 2016

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Master Builders Association concerned by Senate defeat on ABCC Bill

The Master Builders Association has hit out against the Senate’s negative vote on the ABCC Bill. Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of the Master Builders Association, took the senate to task claiming the Bill’s rejection would cut already dwindling confidence in the sector. “The Senate’s rejection of the ABCC Bills will not boost confidence in the stalled [...]

Community News June 2016

No negativity when it comes to negative gearing

Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out any changes to negative gearing in his upcoming May budget and the Master Builders Association has come out in support. The Master Builders Association has stated it is confident that the current negative gearing taxation system and Turnbull’s statement will continue boosting Australian construction. “The retention of negative gearing provisions for new and [...]

Community News June 2016

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Fat Chance winners

1. Gary Beeston from Brisbane Fasteners, alongside the Gavin & Rod Edwards from Aristo Products. 2. Liam Cummings with Fred Hall from DBF. 3. Owen Pearce being congratulated by Mike Ryan from VEK Tools, McGraths Hill. 4. Mark Brailsford with Ray Patrick from NT Fasteners Coolalinga. 5. Gavan Dixon with David Clarkson from AG Trade, [...]

Community News June 2016

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Jobs boost in Queensland’s largest suburban renewal project

In a major boost to apprenticeships and construction jobs, work has commenced on the biggest stage of Queensland’s largest suburban renewal project. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni assisted today’s concrete pour on the foundations at Cornerstone Living in Sunnybank. “This ten year, ten hectare project will deliver 1200 brand new apartments [...]