Welcome to our new communication platform, the pilot issue of THE DIRT, where we can ‘dish the dirt’ on our industry. Great, amazing, impressive and need-to-know dirt.

A positive channel through which we can celebrate, listen, educate, illuminate and keep up-to-date on all things related to our South Australian civil industry. This comms platform also reflects CCF SA’s desire to reframe itself to be a more progressive, live and dynamic resource. A resource that can support and promote our civil businesses, those currently in and wanting to join our industry like apprentices, and our community’s needs. Your success is our main priority and we are here to support you to achieve it.

Please feel free to email me at rpickering@ccfsa.com.au or give us a call to tell us: what you want to read about, and what is helpful or hindering your business or career. The next 4 years will be extraordinary with more than $16 billion to be spent within our construction and infrastructure industries. We want to maximise your opportunities during this unprecedented time so join in and share your thoughts with us. I hope you enjoy the read.

Recently, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport released their Market Call Forecast to August 2021.

See forecast

The revised version of the Building and Construction On-Site General Award 2020 came into effect from 1 March.

Watch briefing

Infrastructure Australia released the 2021 Infrastructure Priority list, with South Australia having six projects identified.

Media release

2021 Priority list

During March, Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd (CACL) and Civil Train SA conducted a progression assessment for 14 apprentices transitioning into the second year of their three-year civil apprenticeship. The progression assessment allows CACL and hosts to identify the apprentice’s proficiency level and identify any areas where the apprentices may require improvement.

For information about apprenticeship training please contact our GTO Field Coordinator Zac Slade at zslade@ccfsa.com.au or call 08 8111 8000.

To celebrate the fantastic work the Women in Civil do, and to coincide with International Women’s Day 2021, some of these fantastic women have had their photo taken with none other than the Hon. David Pisoni MP.

You will be seeing more of them in an upcoming issue of the best magazine of the civil construction industry which comes with a new look, a new size and more importantly, a brand new title!

Celebrating 21 years of the Heysen Tunnels this March

Named after artist and benefactor Sir Hans Heysen, the Heysen Tunnels were constructed as part of the $151 million Adelaide to Crafers Highway Project.

The tunnels were opened on Sunday, 5 March 2000, with each constructed to carry 3 lanes of traffic.

As of 2018, more than 50,000 vehicles pass through the tunnels daily.

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Member Update

South Road commuters are closer to a clearer run on the busy thoroughfare with the Regency Road to Pym Street upgrade set for an early completion.

Well done to CCF SA Members McConnell Dowell and the Alliance, along with their Industry Partners Bardavcol, have shown that early engagement, contractor consultation and team work really does make the dream work!

10 Things You May Not Know About…

Rebecca Pickering – CCF SA’s CEO

Pickering is the first woman to head the male dominated peak industry body at CCF SA after pipping a legion of other candidates to the post for the role of CEO.

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Training and Courses

Civil Train (RTO 45621) is approved by the South Australian Government to offer discounted rates for JobTrainer-eligible apprentices/trainees.

In addition to the usual funding eligibility requirements, if your worker is aged between 16-24, we may be able to claim additional concessions which Civil Train will pass directly on the employer at the point of sale.

These are available for a limited time only – don’t miss out! Contact courses@ccfsa.com.au for a phone consultation or visit

Comings and Goings

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Funnies Sunnies or just a bit of Dirt

“Creating jobs, generating economic opportunities and boosting the skills of workers right across Australia are at the heart of our national economic recovery plan, as we build back from the Covid-19 recession.

“With 100,000 new apprenticeship positions already snapped up, it highlights the confidence businesses have in the future of the Australian economy.”

– Scott Morrison / 09 March 2021

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Feedback and Suggestions

To reiterate, THE DIRT is created to help you keep up-to-date on all things related to our industry here, and support your business and network. So please give us your feedback to make this a useful resource for you.

And that’s not just it. Share with us news on what’s happening in your organisation – who is celebrating a birthday, getting promoted, or if you have a job vacancy to fill.

Promote an event you are hosting. And help us laugh or cry with your jokes, pictures or words.

Together we will make this a good read!

Contact us at: ccfsa@ccfsa.com.au

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