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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 2018 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 2018, although there have been some fluctuations due to industry cycles. It is projected that employment in this sector will continue to grow between 2018 and 2023, to over 221,000.

The most common VET-related occupation in the Building Completion Services sector, Carpenters and Joiners, is expected to grow by 5% between 2018 and 2023. Other VET-related occupations such as Painting Trades Workers and Plasterers are also predicted to experience employment growth over the same period (5% and 12% respectively).

Training trends

Training snapshot

There was an increase in program enrolments in Building Completion Services between 2014 and 2017, with a slight fall in program completions over the same period. All enrolments in this sector during 2017 were at the certificate III level. Qualifications were predominantly in Carpentry and Joinery, with over 33,000 enrolments in this area. The most common intended occupation for the training in this sector was Carpenter.

For enrolments during 2017, the most common training providers in this sector were TAFE institutes (52%) and private training providers (approximately 43%), with TAFE institutes delivering a higher proportion of qualifications in the area of Shopfitting and Formwork/Falsework. 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.

Most students in this sector resided in either New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland, with over 83% of students from one of these three states.

Apprentice and trainee commencements in Building Completion Services-related qualifications fell between 2010 and 2012, but have risen since then, with over 13,600 commencements in 2017. Completions have remained more stable over the same period, with a drop in 2015 likely due to the fall in commencements during the previous three to four years. As at December 2017, the majority of apprentices in this sector were training in the area of Carpentry and Joinery, with 36% of training activity reported in New South Wales.

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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 2018 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 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 Painting Trades Workers, Solid Plasterers, Fibrous Plasterers and Wall and Floor Tilers.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Australian Tile Council

Carpentry Australia

Master Builders Australia

Master Painters Australia

Employee associations

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)

Australian Workers Union (AWU)

Relevant research

Industry Outlook 2018-19: looking to the horizon and beyond– Construction Skills Queensland

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
    • BCF20100 - Certificate II in Off-Site Construction
    • BCF30200 - Certificate III in Off-Site Construction (Joinery-Timber/Aluminium/Glass)
    • BCF30300 - Certificate III in Off-Site Construction (Stairs)
    • BCF30400 - Certificate III in Off-Site Construction (Pre-Fabrication)
    • BCF30500 - Certificate III in Off-Site Construction (Machining)
    • BCG30203 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC30208 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC30211 - Certificate III in Carpentry
    • CPC31908 - Certificate III in Joinery
    • CPC31911 - Certificate III in Joinery
    • CPC31912 - Certificate III in Joinery
    • CPC32008 - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
    • CPC32011 - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
    • CPC32211 - Certificate III in Joinery (Stairs)
  • Painting, Decorating and Solid Plastering
    • BCG30398 - Certificate III in General Construction (Solid Plastering)
    • BCG30498 - Certificate III in General Construction (Painting and Decorating)
    • BCG30603 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
    • BCG31003 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering
    • CPC30608 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
    • CPC30611 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
    • CPC31008 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering
    • CPC31011 - Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • Shopfitting and Formwork/Falsework
    • BCF30100 - Certificate III in Off-Site Construction (Shopfitting)
    • BCG30798 - Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry - Framework/Formwork/Finishing)
    • CPC30116 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
    • CPC31508 - Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework
    • CPC31511 - Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework
    • CPC31808 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
    • CPC31811 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
    • CPC31812 - Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Wall, Floor and Ceiling Lining or Tiling
    • BCG30198 - Certificate III in General Construction (Wall and Floor Tiling)
    • BCG30298 - Certificate III in General Construction (Wall and Ceiling Lining)
    • BCG31203 - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
    • BCG31303 - Certificate III in Wall and Floor 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:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 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 2017 commencements
  • 2010 to 2017 completions
  • 2017 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2017 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Priority skills data have been extracted from the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 14 Dec 2018
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