Published 03 Apr 2019 / By Gary Montgomery
When facing the need for transport improvements several years ago, the Australian government began planning investments in infrastructure. Most of the initial investments went toward road upgrades, with many rail projects set on the backburner. A number of those rail plans are now coming to fruition. Major projects are underway in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and this activity is bringing significant stimulus to the industry. A wealth of jobs are being created for Australia’s construction and engineering professionals, who will be needed to make these endeavours a success.
When facing the need for transport improvements several years ago, the Australian government began planning investments in infrastructure. Most of the initial investments went toward road upgrades, with many rail projects set on the backburner.
A number of those rail plans are now coming to fruition. Major projects are underway in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and this activity is bringing significant stimulus to the industry. A wealth of jobs are being created for Australia’s construction and engineering professionals, who will be needed to make these endeavours a success.
Below, we go over the biggest rail projects of the moment and the doors they are opening for qualified talent.
A few large rail projects were already active in NSW, such as the North-South Rail Link and the Sydney Metro Project. However, these are soon coming to a close.
Sydney’s current major rail project is the Parramatta Light Rail. Stage 1 is planned to connect Westmead to Carlingford through the Parramatta CBD and Camellia. Running 12 kilometres, the 16-stop line will meet high public transport demands by departing every 7.5 minutes during peak commuting hours. Stage 2 will be a 9-kilometre route, connecting the first route to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park, as well as Sydney Metro West and other key transport points.
Construction of Stage 1 just began in the summer of 2018, and is expected to continue until 2023. Stage 2 is set to begin after that, with no current estimate of when work will be complete. There may be additional extensions should investigations find that they satisfy important transport and economic needs. All of this means that jobs will be bountiful for Sydney’s blue-collar workers through at least several years to come.
Victoria is getting its own grand rail upgrade via the Melbourne Metro Project. Just this February, construction kicked off with the arrival of tunnel boring machines from Germany, which are currently being used to dig the project’s two 9-kilometre metro tunnels.
These tunnels will run between South Kensington Station and South Yarra, creating 5 new stations along the way. It will connect other metro lines, and free up space on the currently- congested underground loop. Analysis shows that more than half a million more commuters will be able to make use of the metro thanks to this.
The $11 billion project is predicted to create a total of 7,000 jobs. Work is scheduled for early completion in 2025.
The dominating rail project in Queensland is now the Brisbane Cross River Rail. Plans lay out a new 10.2 kilometre rail line that runs between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills. Approximately 5.9 kilometres of this tunnel system will stretch beneath Brisbane River and the city’s CBD.
Budgeted at $5.4 billion, investment in this project is expected to significantly increase the city’s rail capacity. Government projections estimate that the Cross River Rail will create more than 1,500 jobs per year, until the line becomes operational in 2024. As many as 3,000 jobs will be available during the project’s peak years, and 450 slots will open for apprentices and trainees.
With massive rail projects active throughout the nation, Australia’s top construction pros will have their pick of roles to choose from. We at Core Talent can connect you with the industry’s most desirable, lucrative positions.
Or, if you would like to find out about the trends in Rail salaries, or how your salary compares to industry averages, you can download our 2019 Rail Salary Survey here.
In an effort to reduce pollution, resource consumption, and contribution to climate change, countries and major cities around the globe are striving to become more sustainable societies. Australia and its capitals are among them, setting green building goals and adopting more environmentally-friendly practices.
This shift in focus is making 2019 a strong year for sustainable construction. There are 4 trends in particular that are shaping the industry, influencing the types of building products created and the types of projects undertaken.
Australia has made pledges to reduce its emissions, including signing the Paris Climate Agreement. This requires the nation to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, with several milestone targets in between.
One of the ways the construction industry is contributing to this goal is by erecting more buildings and infrastructure that have zero energy consumption. These designs will produce as much energy as they use via renewable energy installations such as solar panels. By converting most of the country’s structures to this standard, the need for high-emission electricity production means (such as coal) will be dramatically lowered.
Modular construction has become increasingly popular thanks to its speed, efficiency, and sustainability. By pre-fabricating building components off-site and delivering them already assembled or ready for assembly, modularisation reduces the carbon footprints of building projects.
Buildings made with modular components send less construction waste to landfills, lower environmental exposure to volatile organic compounds (typically from chemical finishing techniques and installations), require fewer labourers, and take less energy to complete.
With building regulations becoming more focused on sustainability and more projects aiming for environmentally-friendly outcomes, Australia’s demand for green building materials grows and grows.
Manufacturers are starting to produce green alternatives to traditional materials, such as eco concrete, green insulation, and sustainable timber. They are also rolling out innovative new products that solve top sustainability concerns, such as rainwater harvesting containers for water conservation, or smart lighting and HVAC systems to lower electricity usage
Climate change is causing dramatic weather changes all over the world. In Australia’s unique climates, we can expect to see extreme heat waves and other weather events that will take their toll on built structures.
This has created a demand for resilient buildings made with durable materials. These constructions must have minimal need for part replacements and repairs, and require few resources to maintain. Both the manufacturing and contracting sides of the construction industry are being affected by this trend, as workers are now tasked with developing resilient solutions and implementing them in building projects.
The drive for greater sustainability in Australia is leading to a rise of projects throughout the construction sector. Employers are currently seeking the country’s most qualified candidates to complete their crews and fill important roles. This is also leading to an increase in many salaries throughout the construction industry.
Find out if your salary is one of those that will experience this increase by downloading our 2019 Salary Survey.
Here at Core Talent, we can help you find attractive opportunities in the field. Reach out to our team to learn about the many promising career paths that lie before you.