Construction Industry News


16 January 2015
Tradie Shortage As Building Booms

A surge in home building has ushered in boom-time conditions for WA’s bricklayers and roof carpenters, sending rates higher as the industry struggles to meet demand. The State’s biggest builder, BGC, is employing more bricklayers than ever before.

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16 January 2015
Construction Employment Surgest to Record Highs

Even as the general economy slows, employment levels within the construction industry in Australia have soared to record highs. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the overall number of people employed throughout the sector in the three months to November rose by 6,600 (0.63 per cent) from 1.048 million to 1.0546 million – 58,700 more than the same period last year and accounting for almost one in every 10 Australians employed across the economy.

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15 January 2015
Top 10 Things Employers Look for in University Graduates

About 180,000 Australian students graduate each year so competition for coveted positions offered by leading organisations is fierce. A big part of the problem is the Australian economy, yet much of the challenge for graduates is individual – convincing an employer you’re the one that they want.

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12 January 2015
Queensland election 2015: $640m boost for infrastructure

Campbell Newman was flanked by Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss this morning to announce southeast Queensland road upgrades along the national highway, totaling almost $280 million, and $360m in other unspecified infrastructure boosts.

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10 January 2015
New Rules Allow Apprentices to Claim Expenses

New rules introduced by the Australian Government mean that apprentices can now be reimbursed for a number of outgoing expenses. Australia’s 62,000 apprentices will carry less short-term financial burden by claiming back costs for textbooks, course fees, travel and accommodation.

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8 January 2015
Building approvals hit highest level on record

Residential building approvals recorded their best month on record in November, easing concerns the construction boom has peaked. Bureau of Statistics figures showed 18,245 dwelling units were approved, seasonally adjusted, up 7.5 per cent on October’s approvals.

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