Important Updates: Skilled Migrants Information

The Australian construction industry generates AUD$360 billion in revenue (9% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) and has a projected annual growth rate of 2.4%. As of November 2021, the construction industry employed approximately 1,18m people., forecast to grow to 1.26m by 2025.

The sector is experiencing significant growth and high demand for labour at all levels. The five year pipeline for major public infrastructure projects is valued at AUD$237b for 2023-28. This excludes other segments such as housing and commercial/industrial development.

According to Infrastructure Australia’s report Infrastructure workforce and skills supply (published October 2021), demand for labour is going to reach “unprecedented levels” by 2025. The report warns that labour shortages may peak “at a likely shortfall of 93,000 workers in early 2023 or 48% higher than projected supply”.

Across the next three years, occupations in most demand will be:

  • project management professionals,
  • engineers,
  • scientists and architects,
  • structural and civil trades and labour,
  • finishing trades and labour.

Top Construction Occupations

1. Carpenters and Joiners
2. Electricians
3. Construction/Project Managers
4. Plumbers
5. Building and Plumbing Labourers
6. Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
7. Painting Trades Workers
8. Earthmoving Plant Operators
9. Earthmoving Plant Operators
10. Concreters
11. Landscapers

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