Sep 16, 2020

Extra voice in Australian contractors lobby group

Extra voice in Australian contractors lobby group

Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) has welcomed specialist rail infrastructure company Martinus as a member of the group, which aims to fight for a fairer deal for homegrown mid-tier contractors on major public projects.

Martinus delivers medium to large scale rail infrastructure and systems across the country and in New Zealand, with current projects including Adani’s Carmichael Rail Network.

AOC chief executive officer Brent Crockford said the group now represented 18 of Australia’s top locally owned mid-tier construction companies, collectively comprising nearly 20,000 employees and subcontractors (see full list of members below).

“All AOC members are united in the fight to push change to procurement processes for our largest taxpayer-funded projects,” Mr Crockford said.

“Across the country multi-billion-dollar tender packages are bundled to favour big foreign-owned Tier One construction firms and this needs to end.

“The involvement of Martinus in our efforts expands the breadth and depth of the AOC and we welcome the company to the fight for local opportunity and competition, local skills development and domestic company growth.”

Martinus chief executive officer and managing director Treaven Martinus said that now more than ever Australian-owned companies must be given the opportunity to showcase their world-class capabilities.

“The Australian construction industry has always played an integral role helping bolster the economy during uncertain times,” Mr Martinus said.

“With the Australian government expected to inject more than $100 billion to deliver various infrastructure projects across Australia, there should be more pressure for them to delivered by Australian companies to keep profits here, rather than offshore.”

Mr Crockford said that as governments helped kickstart COVID-19 economic recovery by fast-tracking more infrastructure projects, it was essential that Australian-owned businesses were given more head contract leadership opportunities.

“If we are to have any hope of growing domestic skills and allowing mid-tier Australian-owned businesses to grow and evolve into our new leading Tier One players, then we need practical action to reform procurement on major projects to encourage more work and less barriers for our mid-tier contractors,” he said.

Members of Australian Owned Contractors are:

  • Majority Australian owned and controlled – at least 51 per cent owned by Australian shareholders
  • Have revenue in excess of $250 million
  • Companies that have participated in Federal and State Government funded infrastructure