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Australia’s Home-Grown Workers, Work to Grow Homes; Growth of the Skilled Trade Workforce

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How many days a week can you go without hearing about the housing availability crisis here? In the previous five years, the number of households in Australia increased by 990k. The prediction for the next five years is 1.2+ million. Our quality maths education will help us to calculate we need to build +240K homes per year to achieve the target.

Last year we built 163,836. That happens to be the lowest number in decades and occurred during a housing initiative. At the same time, the construction industry is unprepared to respond to demand with a robust and skilled workforce. Aussie Electrical & Plumbing trades, Construction Management, and Civil Engineers are among the most secure jobs in the nation. Material availability and cost increases are not helping the issue.

Career planners, finance & budget coordinators, or production managers possess similar skills to construction managers. The location of work and the materials you work with are different, but the planning methodologies do not change. The construction industry is looking for educated and experienced people. They can teach you about the what and where. Show them proof you know how.

Mechanical, electrical, and structural engineers make excellent team members in the civil engineering profession. Civil engineers plan, design, and oversee the conception and maintenance of roads, tunnels, bridges, and municipal water systems. This field isn’t one you can jump into. A depth of knowledge and experience in multiple engineering roles are required to fulfil this position.

Another engineering subset is the industrial engineers. The best title is Efficiency Experts. They design the waste of capital, material, effort, and time out of procedures and processes. Through analysis and detailed understanding of multiple systems and processes across industries, they can predict results and recommend changes to avoid fatigue, failure, disasters, or otherwise calamitous outcomes.

When building one hundred homes, a construction budget coordinator is a busy role. Working with larger sums than a personal accountant but applying similar principles. In construction, we divide expenses between soft and hard costs. The hard costs are labour, equipment, materials, or fees affiliated with construction. Engineering, municipal permitting, and project management costs are soft costs. Big projects need big budgets.

Our zoning laws, construction codes, and regulations come from our government departments. Land-use regulations determine what municipality or where residential housing will be built. Controlling where housing develops is important for long-term transportation infrastructure and utility planning. The conundrum is poor planning and oversight led to the US crisis in 2008. Who will oversee the oversight?

State and Commonwealth governments are responsible for affordable housing provisions. Australia is ranked as the least affordable housing market in the world. We’re #1! We can be fairly certain that the offices responsible for affordable housing have failed when your country is the least affordable.

Is population growth, an underdeveloped workforce, expensive materials, or “leadership” the greatest contributing factor to the housing affordability crisis?

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