Our industry is changing, and the workforce will need to change too. 

Published On : 16 Oct 2019

Site Skills Training has received CSQ funding at a good time. Our industry is changing, and the workforce will need to change too. 

In the past it was led by the privately funded residential construction sector, but ever since the softening of the housing market in 2017, the industry is shifting elsewhere for growth. From 2020, growth is expected to come from publicly funded infrastructure projects. As this change develops, workers in Queensland will need to adapt to the new market demands, with new skills.

This article looks at; sectors that will grow the most, the outlook of the residential sector and how the labour force will need to adapt to stay competitive.



Shift to Infrastructure Construction

Heavy and Civil Construction industries are expected to lead the industry for the next few years.  The Queensland government has committed $23 billion to develop transport infrastructure including roads, rail, airports and ports1. With these projects the demand for engineers is expected to go up by $800 million a year into 20212.

Many of the planned projects will take place in regional Queensland. As a result, areas like Mackay, Gladstone, Whitsundays and Queensland’s Far North are going to see a boom in employment opportunities.

Construction Skyrocketing for the Manufacturing Industry

Australia has been fighting a losing battle with the manufacturing industry for the last few years. The government now plans to fight this head on with various funding options, such as; Supporting Advanced Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Transitioning Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry. Through these funds, the government wants businesses to develop innovative production methods, invest in new manufacturing facilities, technology, and develop infrastructure to test new products in Australia. In-turn this will lead to construction projects across the state developing more advanced manufacturing facilities.    

Construction in Residential Market Shrinking

The residential market is likely to take the biggest hit in the coming years. An unstable housing market, an oversupply of urban dwelling units, tighter lending conditions and fewer government dwelling approvals all point to a continued decline in this sector3. While certain regions such as Central and Northern Queensland, and Mackay are forecasted to grow, SEQ will see a continued decline.   

How Industry Changes are Likely to Effect Labour

Many large infrastructure projects will be established in regional areas. This is going to create new kinds of jobs and change the labour requirements across the state. Rural areas could experience a shortage of skilled workers (within the heavy and civil construction sector) whereas urban areas such as SEQ are going to have an oversupply of (residential construction) workers2.

As market dynamics change, part of the labour force in SEQ can take advantage by re-skilling. They may need to do this to meet the demand for the large infrastructure projects. There is also potential to see workers migrate from SEQ to regional Queensland for employment opportunities.

CSQ Funding aims to make cross-skilling for these changes easier. At Site Skills Training we have a range of courses in the Construction Industry that provide access to CSQ funding. Below are some of our most popular courses to help you keep up with the shifting demand.

Cert IV in Work Health & Safety – Save $2700

Conduct Civil Construction Skid Steer Loader Operations – Save $500

Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations – Save $500

License to Perform Dogging – Save $600

Basic Scaffolding – Save $300

Traffic Control – Save $150



Article Sources

  1. http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/6/11/queensland-jobs-boosted-by-record-roads-and-transport-investment
  2. https://www.csq.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CSQ-Industry_Outlook_2019-20.pdf
  3. https://www.globaldata.com/store/report/gdcn0482mr--construction-in-australia-key-trends-and-opportunities-by-state-and-territory-to-2023/