Friday, 1 August 2014
In 2006, and again in 2009, BIS Shrapnel prepared a report for Austroads which provided a detailed outlook for road construction and maintenance activity, and its implications for workforce capability for member authorities.
The reports provided an analysis of the capability of the Australian and New Zealand roads workforce to meet infrastructure development requirements over the subsequent decade.
In June 2013, BIS Shrapnel was commissioned by Austroads to update the base data and forecasts provided in these series of reports to Austroads. The final report was released in August 2014.
The report aims to provide independent, detailed, thoughtfully researched and quantifiable responses to the following questions:
- What is the size of the skilled engineering profession in the roads sector?
- What is the outlook for the road sector in the decade to 2022/23, in terms of construction and maintenance activity?
- What are the skilled workforce demands implied by these activity forecasts?
- Is there a gap between these workforce demands and the supply of skills?
- What are the implications of this analysis for the roads industry?
BIS Shrapnel’s modelling suggests that over the next decade, both Australia and New Zealand will generally be in positions of surplus capability. For Australia, this is a rather different outlook to that presented in BIS Shrapnel’s 2009 report.