Australian Construction Achievement Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Australian Construction Achievement Award winner, McConnell Dowell Corporation Ltd, for their delivery of the Melbourne Port Capacity Project – Maritime Works.

The Port Capacity Project in Melbourne is a $1.6 billion upgrade that includes the redevelopment of Webb Dock to create a third international container handling facility alongside the development of a dedicated facility for automotive import-export trade.

McConnell Dowell was the Principal Contractor for the Maritime Works Package of the Port Capacity Project. Working within a live port environment this $400m project comprises the design and construction of improved marine infrastructure, including new and rehabilitated berth facilities, major dredging and upgraded navigation aids.


The Australian Construction Achievement Award was first presented in 1997, as an annual award to recognise and reward innovation and the highest standard of work in the Australian construction industry. The award celebrates the skills, productivity and prosperity that the industry brings to Australia.

Entry is open to all Australian construction companies (individually or as part of a joint venture or contractual alliance), with direct responsibility for the construction of the nominated project. Finalists are chosen from initial entries, followed by a detailed judging process by an independent judging panel involving site inspections to select the winner.

Previous winners of the award include:

  • Port Botany Expansion Project – Baulderstone Pty Ltd
  • The Glebe Island Bridge (now the ANZAC Bridge) – Baulderstone Hornibrook Engineering Pty Ltd
  • The Wandoo B Offshore Oil Platform  – The Wandoo Alliance
  • Stadium Australia – Multiplex Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd
  • The Queensland Clean Fuels Project – Queensland Clean Fuels Project Alliance
  • The Woronora Bridge – Barclay Mowlem Construction Limited
  • The Brisbane Inner-City Bypass – Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
  • Australasia Railway, Design and Construct Contract –  The Darwin Alice Springs Railway, (ADRAIL Joint Venture)
  • The Bond – Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd
  • Runway Main Construction Works Tullamarine,Victoria – John Holland Pty Ltd
  • Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Victoria  – Leighton Contractors Pty Limited
  • Perth Seawater Desalination Plant – Brookfield Multiplex
  • EastLink Project, Melbourne, Victoria – Thiess John Holland Joint Venture
  • Melbourne Convention Centre – Brookfield Multiplex
  • West Gate Freeway Upgrade – West Gate Freeway Alliance
  • RMIT Swanston Academic Building – Brookfield Multiplex and The New Royal Children’s Hospital – Lend Lease Joint Winners
  • Cape Lambert Marine Works – Phase A – John Holland
  • Victorian Regional Rail Link Project
  • Moorebank Unit Relocation Project – Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

Find out more about the Australian Construction Achievement Award.

Services to Construction Award

The ACA Services to Construction Award was established to recognise outstanding individual contributions to the industry.

Many of the ACA’s member companies have played a major role in the development of the Australian construction industry. And many of those companies have been built on the imagination, the business acumen, the engineering skills and sheer perseverance of a small number of construction industry pioneers, whose personal and corporate skills have added greatly to the achievements of the industry as a whole.

However, before deciding to proceed with an award, the Board of the ACA determined six criteria that any candidate for the award must be able to satisfy:

A Life in Construction

The association expected that a candidate for the award would be approaching the end if his or her working life, having spent a significant proportion of it engaged in the building and construction industry in Australia.

Corporate Leadership

The candidate would, through his/her enterprise and initiative, have taken a leading role in the corporate success of one or more Australian construction industry companies.

Leadership in Industry Affairs

The candidate is expected to have been a leader in industry affairs, either in industry associations, professional institutes or in government advisory bodies relevant to the development of the Australian construction industry.

Management of Significant or Landmark Construction Projects

The candidate would have played a leading role in the development of one or more significant construction projects ‑ projects that were marked by their size and complexity or the engineering excellence that brought them to completion.

Export Development

The candidate would have made a significant contribution to the development of the export market for the Australian construction industry. This contribution may have been made through the completion of a major construction project outside of Australia, or through leadership of an industry organisation developing new market opportunities for Australian consortia. Finally, and perhaps most importantly:


The candidate must be of good character, such that his/her integrity in business affairs would be unchallenged.

Previous recipients of the award include:

Mr Geoff White (1996)
Mr Harold Clough AO OBE (1997)
Mr Ken Roche AO (1998)
Mr John Roberts AO (1999)

Sir John Holland AC (2000)
Mr Ian Barclay CBE (2000)
Mr Martin Albrecht AC (2001)
Mr Franco Belgiorno-Nettis AC CBE (2002)

Mr Frazer Henry AM (2003)
Mr Neville Walker AM (2003)
Mr John Cassidy AM (2005)
Mr Tony Shepherd (2009)