Unlocking construction opportunities in Victoria

Posted by Design & Construct on 08-Dec-2015 08:44:26

With so many states focussing on construction projects, it can be hard to determine where the best prospects can be found in the country.

In this article, we'll take a look at what Victoria has to offer those looking for their next opportunity in construction recruitment.

Residential opportunities see an increase

The Victorian government recently highlighted some key areas of growth in both employment and construction.

Following the announcement from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the government released the state-specific findings, which  revealed construction work in 2015 increased 14 per cent compared to the previous year. New building approvals also rose by 26.8 per cent in October, highlighting the strong potential for residential construction. Victorian approvals made up 30 per cent of the Australia-wide total, the highest activity in the country.

Residential construction has been a key area for Victoria.
Residential construction has been a key area for Victoria.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne was confident that activity would be strong moving into 2016.

"This year, major inner city tower approvals have generated $4 billion in construction and there are another $4 billion worth of development applications in the pipeline," he stated.

"We are getting on with approving developments while improving the standard of new high-rises to come."

Overall, Mr Wynne has approved 23 developments which account for 1,600 hotel rooms and over 7,000 new apartments. With the state hosting the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country, it's clear that construction roles will be ready for the taking in 2016. 

Infrastructure a key priority for the state

Work is already well underway in Victoria as one of the largest hospital projects reaches the final stages of construction.

In the final stage, workers will be required for the installation of features such as flooring, lighting, electrical work and plumbing.

The Bendigo Hospital saw a record $630 million of investment from the government and is set to see completion by 2017. In the final stage, workers will be required for the installation of features such as flooring, lighting, electrical work and plumbing.

The hospital has been a key supplier of construction jobs and will eventually have a capacity of 372 beds, 72 one-day places and an 80 bed mental health ward, delivering more healthcare services to the growing state. 

Healthcare isn't the only area seeing attention. Other key infrastructure projects set for the next few months include the Monash Freeway Upgrade, the Metro Project and the CityLink Tulla Widening.

If you want to become a part of the growth in this state, speak to Design and Construct today to find the best construction talent and opportunities.