MASTER BUILDERS HIGHLIGHTS ELECTION PRIORITIES
Written on the 13 January 2015
WITH the Queensland Election 2015 less than three weeks away, Master Builders has identified a number of priorities for the new government that will make a demonstrable difference to Queensland's building and construction industry.
The building industry is the cornerstone of the Queensland economy: the number one employer of full-time jobs and the number one contributor to gross state product. There is no doubt that the industry is positive about the future, following an improvement in conditions over the past 12 months.
However, Master Builders' deputy executive director, Paul Bidwell, said that while things have improved, the news is not positive right across the state or for all areas of construction and further policy reform is needed to support continued growth of the industry.
"The residential sector in the south east corner is particularly strong, however, Central Queensland and Mackay and Whitsunday, which have relied heavily on the resources sector, are still languishing and the commercial sector also continues to struggle with the lack of demand," says Bidwell.
"We have seen positive policy changes on a range of fronts in recent times that have assisted the building industry right across the state.
"Changes to workers' compensation and right of entry laws have both helped to improve efficiency and create confidence, while reforms to the building industry regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, have gone a long way to addressing problems with building disputes and licensing.
"However, there is no doubt that more needs to be done to build on the reforms of the past two years and continue the good work to bolster the industry."
Coming into the election, Master Builders is calling on all parties to commit to initiatives that will chart a course for growth in the building and construction industry. Master Builders will be urging the new state government to:
"These actions will go a long way to addressing a number of constraints that continue to plague the industry," Mr Bidwell says.