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The Education Building is Just Around the Corner

clock icon Published Friday, July 26, 2019 / By Gary Montgomery

In the past few years, the Australian government has been kicking off a series of investments in various categories of infrastructure. Big funding approvals started for transport upgrades, improving roads, rail, and metros. This has created a demand for investments in other sectors, including education.


In the past few years, the Australian government has been kicking off a series of investments in various categories of infrastructure. Big funding approvals started for transport upgrades, improving roads, rail, and metros. This has created a demand for investments in other sectors, including education.

As new transport lines start opening up across the country, more businesses and homes are attracted to the areas they run through. The need for schools in these locales arises as new residents seek education options for their children. Other key factors compounding the demand for schools include:

  • Increased Urban Living
    More Australians are flocking to dense urban centers, driving the need for more inner-city schools.
  • Major Population Growth
    With higher numbers of citizens, particularly from migration, we can expect coming generations of children to be increasingly large. In response to the swelling demand for education facilities, some of Australia’s states are rolling out ambitious building programs backed by massive investments.

For example, School Infrastructure NSW has issued $6 billion to design and build 170 new and upgraded schools. The Victorian School Building Authority is also investing $3.8 billion for 70 new schools, as well as over 1300 school upgrades and a number of other education projects.

When is the Boom Coming?

Near the end of 2016, the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) released its annual Construction Market Report. This analysis showed that the value of work done building universities, schools, and other education facilities has been steadily rising the past years. The value went from $4.421 billion in 2015-16 to $6.375 billion in 2017-18. By 2019-20, ACIF expects the value to rise up to $7.471 billion. This is when Australia’s education boom is projected to be at its peak. The increase is happening just when residential building will be experiencing a downturn, giving the nation’s trade workers a brand new crop of projects to transition to.

What Does this Mean for Australia’s Trade Workers?

The large number of education projects rolling out is creating a high demand for workers with experience in building non-residential property. Sizeable government investments in NSW, VIC, and NT are set to establish many diverse job openings, giving tradies of various skill sets the chance to find work.

Tradies who join the boom will gain experience building in the public and education sector. But even greater is the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of Australia’s educational system and the future of younger generations.

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