Industry Profile

The building and construction industry in Western Australia plays a significant role in the economic prosperity of the State. The building and construction industry currently employs about 130600 people, or almost 11 per cent of all Western Australians. It is the second largest employer behind the health and social assistance sector. The building and construction industry contributes directly to the economic growth and living standards of Western Australians, including those in regional areas. In recent years, there has been a large increase in trade apprenticeship training, with the industry currently employing about 40 per cent of Western Australia's 7900 apprentices.

Due to the strength of its resources sector, the State leads national construction activity alongside Queensland. This is despite having a significantly smaller population and associated residential building sector than New South Wales and Victoria. Builders in the residential and nonresidential sectors are also anticipating a significant rise in activity due to positive trends in the State's economic drivers, such as strong population growth and low unemployment. Increasing electricity costs and an increased awareness of the energy consumption of new buildings has led to a greater emphasis on efficient practices and materials in recent years.

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