As Australia's population continues to swell, so too does the pressure on existing infrastructure. Previously, the equation was simple: more people meant the creation of more roads, more transit, and more capacity to accommodate the growing masses. However, this logic is no longer universally applicable as technology changes and the way that 'consumers' interact with the infrastructure changes.
For instance, for millennials owning a car is no longer a major concern, as their environmental impact has become a significant influencing factor and the 'sharing economy' is quickly becoming the norm. In this case, more roads may not necessarily be the only answer. Greater access to and improving the reliability of public transportation may also be a viable avenue to explore, such as the construction of additional rail and/or light rail lines.
There has also been a notable shift away from owning a home to living in high-density apartments. Factors such as the increasing population, steep property prices and a desire for a more urban lifestyle, have contributed to this change. The trend in consumer demand seems to be pointing to urban consolidation, rather than urban sprawl.

Governments will need to take the changing demand for infrastructure into account when it comes to deciding upon and executing infrastructure projects. A more bottom-up approach to infrastructure planning will be necessary for ensuring that funding will be siphoned into the right infrastructure investments and actually benefit the people that the infrastructure will be serving. Keeping the consumer of the infrastructure top of mind and keeping track of their evolving needs, as well as actively predicting trends, will help to future-proof Australia and adequately accommodate the ever-growing population. Effectively utilising insights regarding the way that people actually use and interact with infrastructure will help to better ground construction planning and improve the longevity and usefulness of the structures.

The growing population and the evolving 'consumer' demand for infrastructure are predicted to spur continued investment into infrastructure projects. The increase in infrastructure construction projects all across Australia will subsequently lead to a boost in the job opportunities available for construction workers, tradesmen, and labourers. It seems that fruitful times lie ahead for job seekers in this industry.

This influx of construction jobs may also be beneficial for labour hire agencies. Since the nature of construction work is ad hoc, time constraints are a major factor, and specific skills, qualifications, and licences are often required, labour hire agencies are a popular choice in the industry as it outsources the arduous process of finding and hiring the right workers. Labour hire agencies are particularly useful when workers are required at short notice. This is because labour hire agencies often have access to a large database of workers with a variety of relevant skills and qualifications, and are able to quickly connect them with the employer. Labour hire agencies possess the expertise to be able to match the right candidate for the job at hand. The predicted infrastructure boom may also be advantageous for labour hire agencies and the employers that require their services.

The answer to infrastructure growth is no longer linear and more novel infrastructure solutions will need to be developed and implemented to adequately cater for the population. The sustained demand for adequate infrastructure in the foreseeable future may also be a major catalyst for long-term investment into infrastructure construction projects, potentially leading to significant job creation. This increase in jobs may also lead to greater use of labour hire agencies in the construction industry.

If you're a worker looking to tap into the infrastructure construction boom or an employer needing quality workers for a construction project, contact us at Workfast today! Visit our website or call 1300 842 403.