Productivity is the skills silver-bullet, not migrants or training

It may seem heresy to say this but increasing migration will not solve Australia’s critical workforce shortage—particularly Australia’s third largest industry, construction. Read More

Construction ripe for productivity picking at Jobs Summit

The Federal Government’s recently announced Jobs and Skills Summit in September is aimed at addressing current economic issues such as skills shortages by driving reforms in areas like employment participation, productivity and skilled migration. Read More

National approaches required to address major productivity problem

The Productivity Commission is considering how the pandemic shaped Australia’s productivity challenges and arguably it does not have to look far to see the opportunities. Read More

Same, same but different inquiry

Productivity is once again the subject of a Federal Government review and, again, the real challenge is the actual adoption of better practice. Read More

Unforeseen significant escalation should not be a contractor or supply chain risk

The construction industry is experiencing ‘hyper-escalation’ – unpredictable, rapid price increases in key commodities combined with supply issues. Read More

Locking in - who wins?

In this blog we examine the concept and consequences of ‘price certainty’ and the need for solutions to address the steep and unpredictable change in pricing of key commodities in construction. Read More

Reflections on sustainability and the Future of Construction 2022

Headline sponsor at the Future of Construction Summit #FCON22 - Autodesk - reflects on the Sustainability panel and roundtable discussion. Read More

Building Culture

How we communicate, who we trust, or how we assess and share risks are all culturally determined and affect how we interact with one another. These behaviours need to be understood for organisational culture problems to be addressed and rectified successfully. Read More

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

In an effort to limit point scoring opportunities, both main parties have so far shied away from committing to much needed reforms. Chanticleer has called this a wakeup call for industry. Read More

Leading the ACA – President, Duncan Gibb

Duncan Gibb writes about why he accepted the role of President of the Australian Constructors Association. Read More