On Friday last week, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a valued member of ACIF, and in this article from NAWIC, they articulate how to increase the pipeline of women in construction. To tackle the persistent challenge of the construction industry’s ‘leaky pipeline’, NAWIC has adopted a proactive strategy to redefine opportunities for women in the sector. The construction industry has a long way to go.

The AFR has recently reported that new house approvals have fallen to their lowest level in nearly 12 years. January’s 9.6 per cent month-on-month decline resulted in total approvals of detached houses dropping to a seasonally adjusted 7565. This is the weakest since June 2012. The reason for this is thought to be that higher borrowing and building costs put buyers off committing to new homes.

Given these figures, the federal Labor Government’s target of 1.2 million new homes by 2029 is ambitious, and development struggles between state and local governments are ongoing. One example of this is that concept plans for a 1751-apartment development of greenfield land in Sydney’s north-west will test the NSW Department of Planning’s Rezoning Pathways program. The plans put forward by Provincial Investments (NSW), are for the division of a 6.3 hectare site at Schofields, into six lots for future development.

The ACIF Forecasts provide a reliable source of information on the upcoming pipeline of work. They cover 20 industry sectors which align with the ABS, and every state and territory. The Customised Forecasts Dashboard has data going forward ten years, while the Australian Construction Market Report has graphs and commentary on all aspects of the forecasts.

I’d like to welcome the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute (KBDi) as the newest member of ACIF. KBDi is Australia’s premier specialist kitchen and bathroom designers’ association, with chapters located around Australia. The institute has a strong commitment to continual improvement and professional development, and KBDi Designer Members are committed to their profession and their industry sector.

Best regards,

Dr James Cameron
ACIF Executive Director

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