On 26 January 2020 the Government released the three year Construction Sector Transformation Plan (Plan) which aims to ease the delivery of the workforce and productivity gains needed to boost the construction sector and deliver the recently announced infrastructure projects. According to the National Construction Pipeline Report 2019, construction activity is due to total $214.9 billion over the next five years (not including the further $12 billion investment announced in December).
Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building and Construction announced the Plan by saying:
"The action plan launched today delivers on the Government's Construction Sector Accord promise in April to develop a tangible plan that ensures industry has the rights skills, the right people and the right internal coordination to lift its productivity and take advantage of the quarter of a trillion dollars of public and private construction work expected over the next five years"
This is the first Industry Transformation Plan and is part of the Construction Sector Accord's (Accord) programme of works. The only remaining phase of the Accord's programme is the Building System Legislative Reform Programme. The Bill is due in the first half of this year and we will provide our review on this when it is released.
The Plan is a three year plan which aims to remedy some of the challenges in the construction sector including skills shortages and development, allocation of risk, complex contracts, the boom and bust nature of the industry and aims to address issues with procurement and mental health in the sector.
The Plan sets out six main areas as follows: