The latest ABS building approvals data shows a 13 percent rise in non-residential building approvals recorded over the 12 months to April 2018.

According to Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia, “This surge in commercial building, including the construction of offices and new facilities in the education, health and aged care sectors has been a major driver of jobs growth and is set to continue.”

“In the past year alone the industry created more than 100,000 new skilled jobs, accounting for more than 1 in every 4 new jobs created. That means employment growth in building and construction was 9.6 percent, three times the rate of jobs growth in the wider economy."

“More than 370,000 small builders are playing a key role in kicking the surge in jobs growth along. People should pay more attention, there are more small businesses in building and construction than any other sector in the economy,” Wawn says.

“In the residential building sector the total number of new dwelling units approved in April was 18,701, up by 1.9 percent over the year, supporting Master Builders’ view that the trough in the housing construction cycle is likely to be moderate and short lived,” she says.

“Continued growth in the work done by the industry is forecast to continue but it can’t be taken for granted. Investment decisions and business confidence, particularly in the commercial construction sector are heavily impacted by the policies of political parties,” Wawn says.