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Architectural, Surveying and Related Services

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Architectural, Surveying and Related Services sector, which is one component of the Property Services industry.

The Architectural, Surveying and Related Services sector includes architectural consultancy, design and drafting and landscaping services, town planning services, spatial information services, mapping, access consulting, sustainability assessments and NatHERS assessments. In 2017 there were over 13,059 business offering Architectural Services. Architectural Services are concentrated on the eastern seaboard, in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, whereas Surveying is distributed across Australia aligned with population density.

Nationally recognised training for Architectural, Surveying and Related Services is delivered under the CPP Property Services Training Package.

For information on building construction, see Construction.

Information sourced from the Property 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 levels in Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services have more than doubled between 2000 and 2015 to a high of 315,700. Numbers have since fallen to around 236,900 in 2018, but are projected to rise to approximately 244,000 by 2023. The most common VET-related occupations in this sector are Architects and Landscape Artists, and Civil Engineering Professionals. These occupations are also projected to experience the most growth between 2018 and 2023 (around 7% and 14% respectively). Though employment is projected to increase between 2018 and 2023 for most occupations, it is projected to decrease by around 3% for Surveyors and Spatial Scientists.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Architectural, Surveying and Related Services-related qualifications have risen from 5,287 in 2014 to 5,924 in 2017. Over the same period program completions peaked in 2015 at 1,660, subsequently falling to 1,268 in 2017. Most enrolments in this sector were at the diploma level, with 4,412 such enrolments in 2017, compared to 1,158 enrolments in the next most popular level, certificate IV. Building Design was the most common area of enrolment in 2017, with 3,981 enrolments. The most common intended occupations in this sector in 2017 were Architectural Draftsperson and Surveying or Spatial Science Technician.

Most (87%) of enrolments in this sector in 2017 were at TAFE institutes, with the exception to this trend being qualifications in the area of Access Consulting and Sustainability Assessments, where most enrolments were with private training providers (71%). The majority (57%) of subject enrolments in this sector were Commonwealth and state funded in 2017. New South Wales had the largest proportion of students enrolling in this sector in 2016 (39%), followed by Queensland at 20%.

There were insufficient enrolments in apprenticeships or traineeships to allow analysis.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

According to the Property Services IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast the top priority skills for the Property Services industry as a whole, and therefore for the Architectural, Survey and Related Services sector are, in addition to knowledge specific to the industry area:

  • Information technology literacy
  • Written and oral communication
  • Customer service
  • Knowledge of policy and legislation.

According to job vacancy data, the top generic skills in demand in the Architectural, Surveying and Related Services sector are:

  • Communication skills
  • Planning
  • Detail oriented
  • Building effective relationships
  • Time management.

The Skills Forecast highlights a number of trends impacting this sector, including industry convergence, empowered consumers, sustainability and digitisation. Industry convergence represents a demand from consumers to patronise business that offer an integrated range of services. This means a business may provide both architecture and engineering consulting and construction services for a project, often bundling to lower the price.

Sustainability concerns have led to increased demand for sustainable or ‘green’ building. This means those working in this sector need skills in the design of this sustainably focused building, and knowledge of the latest environmental developments in technology and materials.

Emerging technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing the way work is conducted in this industry. It is important that workers in Architectural, Surveying and Related Services have the skills necessary to use and incorporate BIM into their everyday practice. This will enable business to take advantage of the efficiencies available from this kind of technology.

The Property Services IRC's 2017 Skills Forecast also mentions the rapid rate of technological change present in this sector. This includes the increasing availability of unmanned aerial vehicles and aerial photography, the use of hand-held global navigation satellite systems and precision machine controls systems, as well as software advances in database management and Building Information Modelling.

The Industry Sector Report ANZSIC 692 – Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services from Artibus Innovation notes that skills shortages were present in occupations such as Surveyor and Quantity Surveyor. The demand for many occupations in this sector is reliant on the status of the construction industry. The report suggests that due to a downturn in the construction industry, demand for surveyors over the 2015–20 period may lessen, leading to a minor surplus of associated labour.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

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

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services industry, employment projections to May 2023
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 2321 Architects and Landscape Architects
    • 2322 Surveyors and Spatial Scientists
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals
    • 3121 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
    • 3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians.

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%202018?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical 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 by 3 digit 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical 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 packages or qualifications:

  • CPP Property Services Training Package
  • Access Consulting and Sustainability Assessments
    • CPP40808 - Certificate IV in Access Consulting
    • CPP40811 - Certificate IV in Access Consulting
    • CPP41110 - Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment
    • CPP41212 - Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment
    • CPP50516 - Diploma of Residential Building Energy Assessment
    • CPP50708 - Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP50711 - Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP51012 - Diploma of Residential Building Energy Assessment
    • CPP80312 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP80313 - Graduate Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP80316 - Graduate Diploma of Access Consulting
  • Building Design
    • CPP40115 - Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting
    • CPP50911 - Diploma of Building Design
    • CPP80111 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Building Design
    • CPP80113 - Graduate Certificate in Building Design
    • CPP80116 - Graduate Certificate in Building Design
    • CPP80211 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Building Design
    • CPP80213 - Graduate Diploma of Building Design
    • CPP80216 - Graduate Diploma of Building Design
  • Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP20107 - Certificate II in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP20111 - Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP20112 - Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP20116 - Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP30111 - Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP30112 - Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP30216 - Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP40109 - Certificate IV in Surveying
    • CPP40112 - Certificate IV in Surveying
    • CPP40207 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP40209 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP40211 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP40212 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP40216 - Certificate IV in Surveying
    • CPP40316 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50107 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50112 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50116 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50211 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50212 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50216 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP60107 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP60109 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP60112 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP60116 - Advanced Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP60312 - Advanced Diploma of Surveying.

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%.

CPP Property Services Training Package 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 Property Services IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Job vacancy data have been extracted from Burning Glass Technologies 2018, Labour Insight Real-time Labour Market Information Tool, Burning Glass Technologies, Boston, viewed July 2018, <https://www.burning-glass.com>.

Data shown represent most requested generic skills, occupations and employers according to internet job postings in Australia between July 2015 and June 2018 filtered by ANZSIC and ANZSCO classification levels listed below.

  • Generic skills / Occupations
    • ANZSCO major groups excluding Sale Workers and 8512 Food Trades Assistants
    • 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services
  • Employers
    • 233211 Civil Engineer
    • 233311 Electrical Engineer
    • 312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
    • 233999 Engineering Professionals
    • 233214 Structural Engineer
    • 962 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services.
Updated: 20 Dec 2018
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