The Construction sector is made up of businesses in building and construction, and the construction trades that support the industry.

The sector includes 383,300 businesses and contractors, and employs 1,181,200 people.

Construction is a large employing industry and many new jobs have been added over the past five years. Technicians and trades account for over half of those employed. There are few disruptive threats to jobs in the Construction sector.

Facts & figures

Employment:    1,181,200

Organisations:    383,300

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Opportunity & Threat


As a collaborative industry, technology has been used for many years to manage the building process from design through to building completion and then on into maintenance and building management, with all trades and activities included in the software management systems.

Technologies, such as Drones allow building inspection and insight from new angles and perspectives once complete.  AR and VR provide existing and new perspectives on a building or landscaping whilst still at the design stage. Laser scanning increases the accuracy of surveying, construction and installation.

On large scale, expensive projects, VR and BIM provide a reality check for everybody from investors, developers, architects, engineers, builders and trades.


Robots and automation are increasingly being used in new “green field” projects and developments and 3d printing has been used to create a house and building components from concrete, stone waste, wood or resin.

However, most countries have a huge stock of existing traditional brick, stone, concrete and wood homes and buildings, where the main requirement is for maintenance and renovation using traditional trade skills, as well as new complementary ICT skills in home solar, energy and water, entertainment and security systems.


The coronavirus impact on construction has been mixed, with many construction workers still able to work.

But negative impacts are arising as building activity slows and new residential projects dry up. Architects have reported widespread cancellation of projects, as homeowners and developers worry about job security and cash flow.

Second wave outbreaks of COVID are also contributing to labour shortages and disruption to supply of materials cause by quarantine and travel restrictions.

Uncertainty is unlikely to diminish until a vaccine is widely available.

What Is Building Information Modelling (BIM)?

Many structures popping up all over the world—from skyscrapers to bridges—are designed and built using Building Information Modelling (BIM), a 3D-modelling process that is transforming the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

With the evolution of parametric modelling and reality capture, structural data is becoming increasingly rich and complex, saving time and money in project preparations while preventing errors and expensive change orders.


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Job & Study options

Jobs options

jobactive is the Australian Government’s free service that connects job seekers with employers, delivered by a network of jobactive providers across Australia. The jobactive website will help you to find out more about jobactive and to find your local provider. Job seekers can also call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

Job Outlook can help you make decisions about study and training, getting your first job, or the next step in your career. It provides information about Australian careers, labour market trends and employment projections. This website provides more detailed statistical information for the occupations included in the Australian Jobs Occupation Matrix.

Job Jumpstart website is a one-stop-shop for practical, independent and free employment planning advice.

What’s Next? The What’s Next? website provides a range of online resources to help workers facing retrenchment to manage the transition to their next job as quickly as possible.

Skills options

Australian Apprenticeships provides information on apprenticeships and traineeships, including factsheets and links.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching  provides information about Australian universities, including study experiences and employment outcomes.

MYSKILLS  is an online database of Vocational Education and Training options, including information about providers, courses, outcomes and fees.  for information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and Registered Training Organisations.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research  provides research and statistics about Vocational Education and Training and the links between education and the labour market.

myfuture is an online career exploration service which includes information on a range of career-related topics.

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