2020 top 10 stories

2.Letter to the editor from former Australian PM Kevin Rudd The Fifth Estate was honoured (and a bit bemused) to receive a letter from former PM Kevin Rudd after publishing a piece that compared Rudd’s GFC economic stimulus response to PM Scott Morrison’s Covid response. While the piece defended the infamous pink batts scheme, Rudd […]

Job ads finally on the up + our pick of the jobs

It’s yet to be seen how the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney will affect business confidence and the job market but the good news is that between October and November, SEEK saw the first increase in new job ads since before the pandemic.

On what we don’t want for Christmas (a nonsense government inquiry)

News from the front desk, Issue 509: Just in case you’ve been too busy enjoying end-of-year drinks with your colleagues – as you well should be – news this week included climate sceptic extraordinaire Nationals MP George Christensen picked to lead a parliamentary probe into the legality of insurers and lenders “blacklisting” fossil fuel projects, […]

WA’s post-mining jobs boom + our pick of the jobs

The whole world knows Western Australia is tied to mining and even though the peak has passed, the sector still represents a 36 per cent share of the state’s GDP and employs more than 130,000 people. A new report from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre says this is not a great base for security of the […]

Lights. Camera. Action.

Did we mention we’re live streaming our next event Building Circularity on 24 November with most of our speakers from a television studio in Mascot? Complete with a stage, big screens, and a professional camera crew? We’re bringing you a fantastic virtual conferencing experience with a speaker line up that is sure to knock your […]

Jobs and business news: tradie jobs on the rise + our pick of the jobs

It’s no longer tools down for several different trade professions, according to data from ServiceSeeking.com.au. Outdoor trades in particular are booming, with rubbish removal jobs growing like crazy as people declutter, tripling year on year. Carpet cleaning and door installations have also seen a massive boom, with demand also strong for arborists, roofers, gardeners and […]

Flick the Switch! – the ebook

Flick the Switch is a guide to achieving Net Zero and all-electric buildings. It’s a wrap of our 2020 symposium on this topic plus deep-dive additional interviews and features on the people and topics that are driving change and helping the property industry head in the right direction. Nearly two dozen panellists and speakers generously […]

Job news: Mirvac, Warren & Mahoney, 3XN & megatrends now

It’s not an easy time to be growing a business but industries and companies that keep abreast of major trends such as digitalisation are likely to fare better in the recovery, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm has identified a range of trends impacting the business world, including a rising demand for […]

Our pick of the jobs: Arup; Laing O’Rourke & Maitland City Council

Go and work for Arup, the innovative engineering firm that’s had a hand in everything from the Sydney Opera House to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as a senior environmental consultant. The company is currently working with a multidisciplinary team embedded in alongside Sydney Water to approve and renew its assets. Australian construction and infrastructure company […]

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Market pulse: activity remains strong as sustainability is equated with efficiency

Covid might be stalking the land but in many areas there’s no let up in activity. Especially in sustainability. The pandemic looks to have stirred up new opportunities for companies in the position to expand and pivot into new markets. In June, SEEK’s marketplace for selling businesses observed the highest month ever of traffic and […]

Jobs news: Victoria’s second wave starting to bite + our pick of the jobs

Victoria’s job market is really starting to feel the pinch of its second lockdown, with the state seeing SEEK job ads in July decline by 12.8 per cent on a month-on-month basis. The decline was not as sharp as the first lockdown, however, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks suggesting that small and medium […]

On why personal responsibility is just part of the picture

News from the Front Desk, Issue 493: Sometimes urging people to take personal responsibility is a fraudulent strategy for positive change. A con that says it’s all our own fault if the planet blows up. We need to take shorter showers, recycle, don’t buy plastics, travel less. If we’re fat or sick or work in […]

On what we learnt at Flick the Switch – that we want more net zero

News from the front desk, issue 492: Here at The Fifth Estate our heads are spinning after what was an action packed five hours at our Flick the Switch event yesterday about the transition to all electric, net zero buildings and cities. The subject matter certainly struck a chord – we had record numbers in […]

What we’re reading in Australia and overseas

BNP Paribas does good French bank BNP Paribas SA released A$140 million in green bonds as a reward to 100 companies on the Australian Climate Transition Index. All of these eight year bonds pay a fixed coupon with a potential return based on performance of the index, comprised of 300 Australian companies expected to thrive […]

Flick the Switch! A Fifth Estate symposium and ebook

It’s the biggest, most exciting and critically important challenge we face in the built environment. How to Flick the Switch to a Net Zero future and all electric buildings and cities.

On why the net zero all-electric challenge deserves the biggest brains trust we can manage (on 5 August at Flick the Switch)

News from the front desk, issue 491: There’s pretty much consensus, in The Fifth Estate’s circles at least, that going all-electric is the most straight-forward way for most buildings to hit net zero targets. It makes sense when Australia’s energy network is tracking towards the “biggest and fastest” clean energy transition in the world according […]

Jobs news: Jane Fitzgerald GSC’s interim CEO + our pick

A green recovery is on the agenda for Western Australia, with the state government pouring $60 million into environmental projects to create more than 1000 conservation jobs. The plan is part of the government’s recovery plan and will target revegetation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation. The package includes new funding commitments, environmental offset funds […]