Around seventy government and construction industry representatives will gather at the “leaders’ forum” to map out the blueprint for the Queensland construction industry’s future.
The construction industry leaders are meeting to plan for the next few decades of industry success. They will be charting a long term blueprint for the construction sector’s future.
The Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander recently released a statement in which he revealed a 2 part forum which will build on reforms introduced last year and chart an industry plan to realise the sector’s full potential over the coming years.
The forum, known as ConstructionQ will commence with a leaders forum and will be followed by a larger forum to be held in September which will be attended by several hundred delegates.
The recent overhaul of building industry regulation saw the replacement of the Queensland Building Services Authority with the new Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Now the forum has been announced as part of the new 10 point plan to improve regulation within the construction industry.
The Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that reforms were meant to build on plans made and allow the government to hear the industry’s point of view about other issues that need to be addressed in order for success to be achieved in terms of the 10 point plan. Mander emphasised the industry’s role in driving reform in the sector, working in conjunction with the government whose role it is to facilitate the process.
Mander was quoted on Sourceable.net as saying:
“To get the best possible plan we need to hear from those in the industry about where they would like to see the industry go and how we should approach future challenges and opportunities,” he said. “Although we’re hosting ConstructionQ, the Government will work with the sector to help deliver the initiative as we want stakeholders in the construction industry to take the lead.”
Industry insiders also welcomed the initiative, one of them being Master Builders deputy executive director Paul Bidwel who said it would provide a much needed boost to the industry in the housing sector while improving productivity. He was quoted as saying:
“This is a unique opportunity for us to work alongside government and map out measures that will support the growth of thousands of building businesses across the state,” Bidwell said. “We will be looking to use the forum to address a number of issues that impact both the housing and commercial sectors.”
Another crucial benefit of this proactive approach towards the Queensland construction industry’s future is the boost in construction employment numbers. There have been numerous reports which stressed the need for new workers in the construction sector in order to maintain productivity over the next few decades. This is because in the recent past the number of new workers entering this industry dropped because of the decline in the sector, however with the growth and anticipated continued growth in the residential and commercial construction sectors, we need to start recruiting more apprentices and develop more skills in the industry.