ConstructionQ is the new blueprint set to be developed by industry and the Queensland Government to secure the long-term future of the state’s building and construction sector.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said ConstructionQ would help deliver on the Government’s election promise to grow the construction industry as one of the pillars of the Queensland economy.

According to Mr Mander, the new State Government is focussed on slashing red tape, reducing the cost of doing business and speeding up approvals, generating growth and creating jobs for Queenslanders.

These reforms are already bearing fruit with Queensland showing 24 months of consecutive growth and the total number of trend dwelling approvals now 64.3 per cent higher than in January 2012.

Mr Mander explains ConstructionQ is about building on those gains and putting in place a vision, which will unleash the industry’s full potential and generate benefits for decades to come. Although the Government is hosting ConstructionQ, it will work with the sector to help deliver the objectives as it wants stakeholders in the construction industry to take the lead.

Mr Mander said the industry was a significant employer in Queensland and contributed around $60 billion to the economy each year. The Government hopes that through ConstructionQ, participants will identify a clear vision, so that they can together create a strong, competitive and diversified industry capable of underpinning the state’s future prosperity.

Master Builders’ Deputy Executive Director, Paul Bidwell said it was vital measures were mapped out that supported the long-term growth of the building and construction industry. He described the ConstructionQ initiative as a great opportunity to work with the Queensland Government in charting a course for growth and to shape the policy on issues that have a major impact on builders and trade contractors across Queensland.