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NSW’s construction sector crucial to boost nation’s productivity

Australian Constructors Association 2 mins read

A new report released by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) today reveals the construction industry is key to lifting national productivity.


ACA CEO Jon Davies said the call for increased productivity growth has never been more urgent and there is no better place to start than the NSW construction industry.


“There is no other industry that compares to the level of combined value and job creation that the construction industry produces yet its productivity performance is among the worst,” said Mr Davies.


“Just raising construction productivity to the national average would restore the nation’s faltering productivity growth to levels not seen since the 1990s – this is a $56 billion opportunity.


“With ever increasing project costs it is no surprise that the NSW government is reviewing whether to pause or cancel projects but they don’t have to do either if we get serious about improving productivity.


“NSW stands to be the greatest beneficiary of improved construction productivity, with the potential to realise over $17 billion in savings across the state.


“Sydney Metro West and other projects could all proceed as planned and with money to spare if we address this issue.”


ACA’s report, Nailing construction productivity, reveals there is no shortage of solutions available to drive construction productivity but the sector’s ‘operating system’ requires a complete overhaul to realise the benefits.


“ACA is calling on the federal government to bring together state and territory governments, industry and unions, to urgently develop a comprehensive National Construction Strategy,” said Mr Davies.


“With National Cabinet oversight, implementation of the National Construction Strategy will provide a focus on improving this critical industry that has been missing for too long.


“The path to a more healthy and productive construction industry needs to be a collaborative one.


“We urge the government, industry and unions to come together and make improving construction productivity a nation-building priority.”


Quotes attributable to ACA President Annabel Crookes:

"ACA’s report, Nailing construction productivity, is a call to action.

"By bridging the gap between government, industry and unions, we will pave the way for a more efficient and thriving construction sector.

“With a comprehensive National Construction Strategy, we will drive transformative change that will create a ripple effect that positively impacts the lives of all Australians.

Download Nailing Construction Productivity report.

About us:

The Australian Constructors Association is the only representative body for contractors delivering vertical and horizontal construction projects, as well as undertaking infrastructure asset management. Our members construct and service the majority of major infrastructure projects built in Australia every year. Our goal is to create a more sustainable construction industry.

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