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Building Completion Services

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Building Completion Services sector, which is one component of the Construction industry.

The Building Completion Services sector involves work that ‘finishes’ a building such as plastering, carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating and glazing. Glazing however, is covered in the Furnishing Training Package.

Businesses in this sector tend to be small, with less than 20 employees or operating as individual contractors. Few businesses operate in more than one state or territory and tend to work in local or specialised niche markets.

There is a similar regulatory environment to other building and construction trades across the plastering and ceiling services, carpentry, and glazing trades. Trades are all expected to have formal qualifications obtained through an apprenticeship though this is not a legislated requirement in every state and territory.

Nationally recognised training for Building Completion Services is delivered under the CPC – Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package.

For information on general construction-related skills see General Construction and Demolition.

Information sourced from the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC's 2019 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

Employment in the Building Completion Services sector has risen overall between 2000 and 2019, although there have been some fluctuations due to industry cycles. It is projected that employment in this sector will continue to grow between 2019 and 2024, to over 225,500.

The most common VET-related occupation in the Building Completion Services sector, Carpenters and Joiners, is expected to grow by 11.7% between 2019 and 2024. All other VET-related occupations are also predicted to experience employment growth over the same period, with the second and third most common occupations, Painting Trades Workers and Plasterers, projected to increase by 8.7% and 5.5% respectively.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Building Completion Services-related qualifications increased between 2015 and 2018 from approximately 39,130 to 45,460 in 2018, with a slight fall in program completions over the same period (9,860 and 9,940 respectively). All enrolments in this sector during 2018 were at the certificate III level. Qualifications were predominantly in Carpentry and Joinery, with 34,610 enrolments in this area. The most common intended occupation for the training in this sector was Carpenter (76%).

During 2018, the most common training providers in this sector were TAFE institutes (52%) and private training providers (approximately 44%). TAFE institutes delivered 54% of Carpentry and Joinery qualifications, and a higher proportion of qualifications in the area of Shopfitting and Formwork/Falsework (79%). Private training providers delivered higher proportions of Painting, Decorating and Solid Plastering (58%) and Wall, Floor and Ceiling Lining or Tiling (56%) qualifications. A large proportion of Building Completion Services-related subjects were Commonwealth and state funded (76%). Over 90% of subjects delivered by TAFE institutes were Commonwealth and state funded; this dropped to 58% for private training providers, with domestic fee for service making up most of the remainder.

The largest proportion of enrolments in Building Completion-related qualifications in 2018 was by students residing in New South Wales (34%), Victoria (28%) and Queensland (20%).

The majority of training was delivered in New South Wales (33%), Victoria (30%) and Queensland (23%).

Apprentice and trainee commencements and completions in Building Completion Services-related qualifications have declined overall between 2010 and 2018, with 12,870 commencements and 6,690 completions in 2018. The most common intended occupation for apprentices and trainees in this sector was Carpenter (80%). New South Wales reported 35% of training activity, followed by Victoria (29%) and Queensland (21%).

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Industry insights

For an analysis of skills needs and workforce demand, see the Construction cluster page.

The Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast identified a range of considerations for the future of skills in the Building Construction Services sector.

Automation is predicted to complement and assist jobs of higher-skill levels but substitute those of routine and lower skill levels. This means that a significant portion of the industry will need to be up-skilled and new workers trained for higher-skilled jobs as there will be a need to learn how to use new machines, computers, software and applications. The Proposed Schedule of Work section of the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast includes a project to review and update the Certificate III in Shopfitting to ensure it includes the most up-to-date technologies, processes and materials in shopfitting.

The Construction Skills Queensland Industry Outlook 2018–19 states prefabricated components are increasingly being used, and include roofing systems, bathroom pods, wall and floor cassettes, and other structural and finish materials. The components are produced in factory conditions with equipment employing varying degrees of automation, including 3D printing. Increasing uptake of prefabrication in the Construction industry is a key driver for change in the Skills Forecast, and training for prefabrication workers will need to come from construction and manufacturing training packages.

The Skills Forecast reports there have been or currently are skills shortages in the occupations of Carpenter and Joiner, Fibrous Plasterer and Wall and Floor Tiler.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2018, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit 324 Building Completion Services Industry, employment projections to May 2023
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 3312 Carpenters and Joiners
    • 1331 Construction Managers
    • 3321 Floor Finishers
    • 3331 Glaziers
    • 3322 Painting Trades Workers
    • 3332 Plasterers
    • 3334 Wall and Floor Tilers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ06, viewed 1 November 2018 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit 324 Building Completion Services Industry, 2000 to 2018, May Quarter.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level ANZSIC 3 digit 324 Building Completion Services Industry, and 4 digit level occupations to identify the relevant VET-related occupations in the industry as a proportion of the total workforce.

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services, BCF Off-Site Construction and BCG General Construction Training Packages
  • Carpentry and Joinery
    • BCG30203 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC30208 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC30211 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC31911 - Certificate III in Joinery
    • CPC31912 - Certificate III in Joinery
    • CPC32011 - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
    • CPC32211 - Certificate III in Joinery (Stairs)
  • Painting, Decorating and Solid Plastering
    • CPC30608 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
    • CPC30611 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
    • CPC31011 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • Shopfitting and Formwork/Falsework
    • BCG30798 - Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry - Framework/Formwork/Finishing)
    • CPC30116 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
    • CPC31511 - Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework
    • CPC31811 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
    • CPC31812 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Wall, Floor and Ceiling Lining or Tiling
    • CPC31208 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
    • CPC31211 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
    • CPC31308 - Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
    • CPC31311 - Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document.

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services, BCF Off-Site Construction, BCG General Construction and BCP Plumbing and Services Training Packages apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Priority skills data have been extracted from the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 31 Mar 2020
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