Staying ahead in the construction industry: your guide to reliable information sources and influencers

Looking to stay up to date on the latest trends, regulations, and technologies in the construction industry? Check out the many resources available to help. From official industry bodies and media outlets, to publications and industry influencers, there are a variety of ways to stay informed and continuously learn.

The construction industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies, equipment and regulations being introduced all the time.

Staying up to date is crucial for businesses and individuals in the industry to make informed decisions and remain ahead of the competition.

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Official industry bodies, such as the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), are also an excellent source of information for anyone involved in the construction industry. They provide up-to-date information on industry events, training and regulatory updates. You can find more localised industry news and updates by targeting your local CCF branch, such as CCFWA and CCFNSW.

Other notable industry bodies to follow include:

By following industry bodies like those listed above, you can stay informed about the latest changes in regulation, policies, and standards.

In addition to official industry bodies, Australian media outlets are great sources of industry news for anyone interested in the construction sector.

There’s a number of trade & non-trade publications offering a wealth of information on the latest heavy machinery, equipment and technologies used in the construction and mining industries. They provide valuable insights into the latest developments in the industry, including new product launches, regulatory updates, and industry trends.

Some examples include:

National Resources

  • Earthmoving Equipment Magazine: Covering the latest news, reviews, and updates on heavy machinery used in the earthmoving, construction, and mining industries.
  • Australian Earthmoving: News, reviews, and updates on earthmoving equipment and machinery used in the construction and mining industries.
  • Quarry Magazine: Covering the latest news and developments in the quarrying and mining industries, with a particular focus on heavy machinery used in these sectors.
  • 7NEWS Construction: National mainstream site offering written and visual stories filtered to state and city.
  • 9NEWS Building: Capital city news delivering information, updates and announcements to a mainstream audience.
  • ABC News Infrastructure & Construction Industry: Mainstream site delivering news to the public. Various topics to explore including transport, government projects and region specific news.

NSW/ACT Resources 

WA Resources

  • Inside Construction WA: State based industry publication covering the latest updates on construction projects of state significance.
  • Development WA: West Australian Government publication providing official announcements, updates and news on state supported construction projects.
  • The West Australian Construction: Perth based publication covering local, state-wide and national projects.
  • PerthNow Construction: Digital publication reporting on industry news across WA. Industry influencers are also an excellent source of information and insight into the industry.


Influencers are generally experts in their fields, offering valuable information and opinions on the latest industry news, trends and emerging technologies. By following industry influencers, you can learn from the best in the business and gain valuable insights that can help you improve your own skills and knowledge. Often, influencers release information ahead of it hitting more mainstream newsstands or information outlets.

Some of the most prominent influencers include:

  • Master Builders Australia (MBA): Advocates for policies and initiatives supporting the building and construction industry and promote its growth. The MBA is active across a range of social media channels, amplifying its key messaging.
  • Catherine King: Australia’s Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Minister King is a key decision maker in setting policy and initiatives that impact the construction industry.
  • Joe Barr: CEO of John Holland Group, one of Australia's leading engineering and construction companies and has extensive experience in the construction industry and has worked on several major infrastructure projects in Australia, including the Sydney Metro Northwest and WestConnex.

State Government Ministers, Local Government & Government Bodies

It’s a good idea to keep up to date with government bodies and figures in the area you operate in. They’ll be the first to publicly speak about new regulations and project announcements.

  • NSW: A good place to start is the NSW Government ministerial media releases to keep abreast of industry news.
  • WA: A good place to start is the WA Government ministerial media releases to keep abreast of industry news.

With a variety of resources available, from official industry bodies and media outlets to publications and industry influencers, there are many ways to stay informed about the latest trends, regulations, and technologies.

By staying informed and continuously learning, you can make informed decisions and improve your skills and knowledge to thrive in the ever-changing construction industry.

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