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CEO Update: What Our Industry Needs for the Future



What Our Industry Needs for the Future


This week the MBA held four sector council meetings to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ACT industry. Based on member feedback, the key advocacy priority at the moment is securing a future pipeline of work for local builders, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants. The response from the ACT Government to date has been welcomed, but much more is needed to sustain employment in the industry over the next 12 months.


Updated MBA Australia industry forecasts confirm what our members have told us – over the next twelve months there will be a sharp decline in residential and commercial building activity, followed by a slow recovery phase.


In addition to increasing capital works expenditure, the ACT Government can help support the industry by encouraging private sector investment. Measures such as reducing or waiving LVC, fast-tracking approvals and unit titling applications, and giving confidence to the sector by providing certainty in the approval process, would all assist.


This week we have engaged with the ACT’s new Work Safety Commissioner, Jacqui Agius, and will work closely with her over the coming months to help her understand the safety issues facing our sector.


Over the coming weeks we will be launching a new series of member events, designed to help members survive and thrive over the next twelve months. Topics will include IR, safety, digital marketing and mental health. Keep your eye on our member alerts and our website for details.