The NSW Government says Sydney is on the brink of its biggest-ever housing construction boom, which will see almost 200,000 homes built in the next five years. They’ve called out for smaller, cheaper houses as there is an undersupply of 100,000 homes in the state, with an ageing society and households in need of affordable smaller homes.
Despite an explosion of technology that could drive increased accuracy, efficiency, and profits, Australia’s $300 billion building sector continues to lag in adopting new technology tools.
“If we want to increase the number of women in Australia's construction sector we need to be willing to challenge working conditions for men.”
That's the unexpected conclusion reached by Louise Chappell and Natalie Galea after investigating why Australia's building sites, and the many professional services that support them, have remained virtually no-go zones for women despite significant workplace gains for women elsewhere.
There seems to be a lot of chat of late about the construction industry slowing in Australia, but on the job front, it’s quite the opposite with the actual number of jobs advertised higher than this time last year, according to Seek, Australia’s leading jobs website. Read about how ConX is working to solve this:
Hundreds of subcontractors and their employees are left in the lurch as Senator Bob Day’s The Home Australia group has gone into liquidation and construction on 207 properties around the country has been put on hold. Read more about what's happening here:
We wrote a blog piece on Hadrian in November last year when Fastbrick Robotics, the local Aussie company behind the Robot, listed on the ASX. Originally created to meet labour shortages the innovative company plans to begin building its first homes in Australia in the third quarter of 2017, and plans to manufacture about 8,000 of the robots over the next decade.
Battling to get paid for jobs you've sucussfully completed? At ConX, we're working hard to come up with a solution to reduce the risk of general contractors claiming insolvency and leaving sub-contractors to go broke.
Read the Executive Summary of the Senate report on Insolvency in the Construction Industry published in December 2015. This highlights the major problems and where they are stemming from.