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Construction and Infrastructure

Construction is one of the Central Queensland’s trending industries and now is the time to gain or upgrade your skills or start you job search here.

At the 2016 Census, construction was the fifth largest employing industry in Central Queensland, employing 8,032 people or 8.2% of local jobs. The largest sub-sectors in Central Queensland for employment were Building Installation Services (1,674 persons), Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (1,516 persons) and Building Completion Services (947 persons) (ABS, 2016 Census).

Livingstone Shire Council (including the coastal towns of Emu Park and Yeppoon) saw a 49.6% increase in the number of persons working in construction between 2017/18 and 2018/19. Gladstone Regional Council had an 8.9% increase in the number of persons working in construction during the same period (Economy ID).

Trades workers are vital to construction, with apprenticeships and traineeships the main entry pathway. CQUniversity and other register training organisations are a great way to gain skills to enter this field.

According to Dennis Bryant from Master Builders (QLD) in Rockhampton, the building and construction industry was regarded as an essential service during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Construction has been able to continue with employers able to keep their staff, subcontractors and suppliers busy and productive, which has been great for the region.

The major projects in CQ will provide a huge demand in the Civil sector with ancillary works for the building and construction industry.

The value of these works for the CQ economy is enormous, however, the challenge that we continue to face is the demand for workers and tradespeople is outstripping our local supply.

The projects will also see an increase in demand for accommodation which will provide further opportunity for investment as current vacancy rates are at an all-time low.

Nationally, trends for the Construction industry are as follows:

Strong growth in:

  • Building and Plumbing Labourers - average weekly income $1,458 before tax
  • Civil Engineering Professionals - average weekly income $1,962 before tax
  • Concreters - average weekly income $2,100 before tax
  • Construction Managers - average weekly income before tax $3,450 before tax
  • Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians - average weekly income $1,784 before tax
  • Gardeners - average weekly income $1,078 before tax
  • Handypersons - average weekly income before tax $1,068 before tax
  • Other Mobile Plant Operators - average weekly income $1,375 before tax

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