News bulletin 14 ->
News bulletin 14 -> 13 Apr 2021

Around 1500 construction apprenticeships will be made available through Victoria’s new $33 million Big Build Infrastructure Program, via a new body, Apprenticeships Victoria. A minimum of 10% of construction hours on projects will be completed by these apprentices (pictured) and a walk-in centre will be established in Melbourne’s CBD.

In Tasmania, it has been estimated that 7000 more construction workers will be needed over the next five years to meet workforce demands with $16 billion in public and private sector projects in the pipeline.

Meanwhile in Queensland, the construction boom in the north of the state is happening so fast that there are concerns over a shortage of skilled workers that could cause delays in projects.

Infrastructure Australia has commenced a Regional Strengths and Gaps consultation process to compile a report focused on the 48 regions defined by Regional Development Australia. Submissions are invited on diverse strengths and infrastructure gaps facing these areas which close on Friday 16 April 2021.

The Northern Territory is appointing an Investment Commissioner and Major Projects Commissioner to turbocharge major projects and grow the territory’s economy goal of $40 billion by 2030.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the discussion paper, Draft National Building Assurance Framework, to aid in the development of a new framework to address problems associated with building product safety. Submissions close 6 June 2021.