March 06, 2018 / News
Queensland has been identified as a growing economic hub in Australia.
The rising prominence of Queensland's economy is underpinned by four main sectors - agriculture, resources, construction, and tourism. Of these four sectors, Queensland's construction industry is expected to be a very significant source of employment opportunities in the near future. Currently, the construction industry is the third largest employer in the state with approximately 217,000 Queenslanders in employment. This number is expected to expand with a number of civil construction projects underway, or in the pipelines. These projects are a direct result of the growing population and the need to ensure that Queensland's buildings and infrastructure will have the capacity to accommodate this influx of people.
Within the construction industry, there are three main categories - civil/engineering construction, residential building and non-residential building. Of these three sub-sectors the largest contributor is civil/engineering construction, which made up 63% of Queensland's total construction work ($28.1 billion) in 2015 .
Civil construction is concerned with the development and maintenance of infrastructure in the the built environment, such as roads, bridges, railways, mines, airports, bridges, dams, and so on.
Constantly evolving infrastructure is the key to future-proofing Queensland, as the existing built environment will soon become insufficient for the inflating population. Queensland has generally exhibited growth in the realm of civil construction and the continued investment in these projects has highlighted a commitment to building a strong state economy, generating job opportunities for locals and future-proofing the state.
Brisbane's Cross River Rail
There are a number of civil construction projects that have been initiated or approved that will enable Queensland to continue to thrive.
One prominent example, is Brisbane's Cross River Rail Project. The Brisbane Cross River Rail project will commence in 2019, with the digging of tunnels. Currently, companies are vying to design the tunnels, stations, and the rail and information systems for the Cross River Rail. It is expected that this rail project will create 7700 jobs during the construction phase alone, as well as thousands of other jobs relating to the operation and maintenance of the new track/stations, and indirect jobs. With Queensland's Cross River Rail expected to finish in 2024, this project will help to boost the economy over a number of years. The Cross River Rail will also continue to be economically beneficial after completion, as it will enable greater productivity due to the elimination of the current bottleneck in South East Queensland's public transportation system, improving accessibility to places of work and study.
Bruce Highway Upgrade Program
The $8.5 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is the largest road infrastructure program in Queensland's history. Beginning in 2013 and expected to finish in 2023, the purpose of this 10-year program is to improve the safety, flood resilience and capacity of the Bruce Highway. The Bruce Highway is a very important stretch of coastal road connecting Brisbane to Cairns, so this upgrade program will not only help improve the longevity of the road, but also help alleviate congestion. The upgrade program will be beneficial for economic activity, as it will allow for more efficient transportation of road freight, and improve the commute time along this route. The extensive and long-term nature of this civil construction project, will mean that there will be a steady stream of jobs available on the sites along the Bruce highway.
Civil Construction Jobs
The civil construction projects that are currently in progress, or in the process of commencing, have helped to reinvigorate Queensland's labour market. The surge in construction throughout Queensland, has caused heightened demand for a range of roles in trades and construction. This increase has helped to counteract the massive loss of 30,000 jobs that occurred in Queensland in 2015-2016.
Some of the roles that will be required on these civil construction sites, include:
- Traffic controllers
- Project managers
- Civil plant operators
- Site supervisors
- Trade assistants
With more projects likely to spring up in the future, civil construction projects are expected to continue to be a rich avenue for employment opportunities in Queensland.
Workfast Labour Hire has a number of civil construction jobs available in the Queensland area. So, if you're looking for a job in the field of civil construction, contact us at Workfast Labour Hire and we'll help you connect with work that is best-suited to your skills, qualifications and experiences. Call 1300 824 403 or sign up with Workfast Labour Hire by clicking on this link.