Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA)

 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.

2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award finalists

The finalists in the 2020 ACAA are:

  • Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project, Caulfield to Dandenong, Victoria by CTD Alliance
  • Clarence Correctional Centre, Lavadia, New South Wales by John Holland Pty Ltd
  • Darlington Upgrade Project, Adelaide, South Australia by Gateway South
  • New Museum of WA, Perth, Western Australia by Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Newcastle Light Rail Fixed Instructure, Newcastle, New South Wales by Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
  • Sydney Metro Northwest, Rouse Hill to Chatswood, New South Wales by Northwest Rapid Transit

Read about the finalists here.

2020 ACAA event in Melbourne POSTPONED

Due to the current world events, the ACAA event in May has been postponed.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

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Previous winners of the award include:

2019, Chith Export Facility – McConnell Dowell
2018, Optus Stadium and Stadium Park – Multiplex Constructions
2017, Melbourne Port Capacity Project, Maritime Works – McConnell Dowell
2016, Moorebank Unit Relocation Project – Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction
2015, Victorian Regional Rail Link Project
2014, Cape Lambert Marine Works, Phase A – John Holland
2013, RMIT Swanston Academic Building – Brookfield Multiplex, and The New Royal Children’s Hospital – Lendlease Joint Winners
2012, Port Botany Expansion Project – Baulderstone
2011, West Gate Freeway Upgrade – West Gate Freeway Alliance
2010, Melbourne Convention Centre – Brookfield Multiplex
2009, EastLink Project Melbourne – Thiess and John Holland Joint Venture
2008, Perth Seawater Desalination Plant – Brookfield Multiplex
2007, Southern Cross Station Melbourne – Leighton Contractors
2006, Runway Main Construction Works, Tullamarine – John Holland
2005, The Bond Sydney – Bovis Lend Lease
2004, Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link – ADRAIL Joint Venture
2003, The Brisbane Inner-City Bypass – Leighton Contractors
2002, Woronora Bridge – Barclay Mowlem Construction
2001, Queensland Clean Fuels Project – Queensland Clean Fuels Project Alliance
2000, Stadium Australia – Multiplex Constructions
1998, The Wandoo B Offshore Oil Platform – The Wandoo Alliance
1997, The Glebe Island Bridge (ANZAC Bridge) – Baulderstone Hornibrook Engineering

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 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.

The six criteria any candidate for the award must be able to satisfy include:

A Life in Construction – A candidate for the award would have spent a significant proportion of their career engaged in the building and construction industry in Australia.

Corporate Leadership – The candidate would, through their 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 ‑ 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.

Character – The candidate must be of good character, such that their 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)