Construction Services in North Queensland
With more than $16B in infrastructure projects either underway or soon to commence, Townsville North Queensland’s construction industry has experienced, and is set to continue to experience, a period of strong growth with current figures suggesting the sector contributes more than $2.9 billion to the regional economy and employs over 22,000 locals.
With residential lot registrations growing by 66% in 2020, along with significantly expanding residential developments, the region is well positioned to see continued and sustained growth within the industry.
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- Building Construction
- Construction Services
- Heavy & Civil Engineering
- Survey & Drafting
- Land Development
Businesses in this industry are mainly involved in activities like:
- demolition, clearing and site preparation
- residential and non-residential building
- heavy and civil engineering construction
- other construction services
Many workers complete Vocational and Education Training through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Although a third of workers are employed in lower skilled jobs that do not need post school qualifications.
Most people with their main job in this industry work full-time.
Average earnings are $1,305 per week, higher than the ‘all industries’ average of $1,200.
Several technological and policy changes are driving rapid change in the building construction industry. These include the growing use of prefabricated elements in construction, and an increasing demand for green and smart buildings. All construction professionals will need an understanding of sustainable building practices and the use of smart technologies.
Employment in Construction Services is projected to grow by 66,400 (or 5.8%) over the five years to November 2026.
Given the size and the nature of its activities, the construction industry has a key role to play in achieving environmentally friendly and sustainable development in Australia. This includes detailing and describing measures put in place to address environmental issues.
Contractors in the construction industry now also deal specifically with erosion, waste materials and products, lack of water, energy and ecological issues.
Top Employing Occupations
- Construction Managers
- Project Managers &Administrators
- Carpenters & Joiners
- Building &Plumbing Labourers
- Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians
- Earthmoving Plant Operators
- Bricklayers or Stonemasons
- Plasterers & Concreters
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TAFE Queensland offers Building & Construction courses from Certificate to Diploma as well as support in sourcing apprenticeships and traineeships.Visit TAFE Queensland
JCU offers a range of courses in Design, Construction and Engineering. Visit the university website for pathway and course information.VISIT JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
Tec-NQ is a registered training organisation delivering nationally accredited qualifications through the provision of full-time apprentice training, VET in Schools programs, short courses and training.Visit Tec-NQ
CQ University offers courses in Construction and in Engineering from Cert 1 through to further degrees and educational qualifications.VISIT CQ UNIVERSITY
MEGT is a great place to find currently advertised traineeships and apprenticeships in North Queensland.Visit MEGT
Apprenticeships QLD is a website that directs trainees to field based apprenticeships in Queensland.Visit Apprenticeships QLD