According to media reports the construction boom is expected to expand to regional areas as population growth rates rocket and interest rates remain low. A Regional Building report by BIS Shrapnel recently found that regional parts of New South Wales, The Northern Territory and Western Australia are likely to see construction growth of about 50 per cent.
In order to accommodate this increase in industry activity we are going to require more workers. The potential for growth in the construction industry is one of the reasons why it is such a draw card for young people finishing school or those looking for a good long term career.
According to the BIS Shrapnel report, coastal areas in particular are expected to boom in the years to come. This excerpt from a post on Abc.net.au explains further:
“These regions on the coast of NSW saw a drop-off in building and that was an experience shared with many similar destinations across the country,” Dr Hawtry said.
“But as a result of that we now find that there’s an under-supply of homes. Our report finds that growth will return in these regions.”
Dr Hawtry says it is unclear whether the surge in home building in areas like Coffs Harbour and Grafton in New South Wales, and the Goldfields and Wheatbelt in Western Australia, will be enough to offset a dramatic decline expected in other areas.
“There are a number of positive signals developing in the economy and in the housing market,” he said.
Another industry experiencing a boom is the mining industry. See: http://www.whitecardaustralia.com.au/white-card-news/australias-mining-boom-and-your-place-in-it/
It is important to remember that to enter into either of these prosperous and rewarding industries, where work is abundant, you must be in possession of a White Card – a national construction safety qualification.
With the number of construction jobs available increasing over the next few years, there are going to be a number of people entering the industry. It is important that principal contractors, employers and workers ensure that they and those they work with on site are in possession of this qualification, not only is it the law but it can save lives in this challenging and dynamic industry.
Anyone wishing to enter into the construction or mining sectors need to be aware of the fact that hazards are a part of work on every site. For this reason workers need to be equipped beforehand to handle the challenges and risks presented by construction and mining construction work, to protect themselves and avoid endangering their co-workers on site.
It is also important for workers entering the construction industry to be aware that while it is lucrative, the temporary nature of construction work means sometimes work in specific areas may be scarce. The good news is that the White Card online qualification is nationally recognised which means during these times you can obtain work anywhere in the country without having to undergo General Construction Safety training again.