Over 300 members of Queensland’s $60 billion building and construction industry, including members from six architecture firms, have met in Brisbane in a bid to develop a blueprint for the industry’s long-term future.

Launched by the Queensland Government, ConstructionQ brought together building industry, government and associated industry representatives to discuss, debate, workshop ideas and develop solutions to formulate a business plan to guide the strategic direction for the building construction industry.

Joining the industry representatives for the forum on 2-3 September was Architectus, Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley architects (CGRAMW), Noel Robinson Architects, ABM Architects, Eco Effective Solutions and Fulton Trotter Architects.

Topics for the forum were already established in May at the initial ConstructionQ Industry Leaders' forum. They identified eight key themes for the agenda for the September forum. Those themes were:

  • Technology - driving a better industry future
  • Framework for regulatory effectiveness and efficiency
  • A built environment that stands the test of time
  • An integrated approach to construction through collaboration
  • Housing for everyone - suitable for every stage of life
  • Prosperity through procurement
  • Skills 2034 - building prosperity
  • Sustainable workplace relations

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that the success of the initial workshop held earlier this year was a clear message that the industry was looking for ways to grow and develop.

“In May, industry leaders from across Queensland came together to set the agenda for this workshop,” Mander said.

“Topics that were identified for today’s workshop include the need to embrace technology, work together more effectively and deliver more sustainable housing.

Master Builders’ Deputy Executive Director, Paul Bidwell said the workshop was a great opportunity for the industry to have a real say on what direction the sector should take.

“The May workshop was a resounding success and we’re looking forward to seeing the discussion that comes out of the topics that were identified,” Bidwell said.

“This is a great opportunity for those in the industry to have a direct contribution to the future growth and an opportunity for Government to help support this growth through effective policy and regulation.”