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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

IRCs now submit comprehensive Skills Forecasts to the AISC every 3 years, with abridged annual updates submitted in the intervening 2 years.

This industry page focuses mainly on the comprehensive version published in 2019.

Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC

Employment trends

Please note: any employment projections outlined below were calculated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics prior to COVID-19.

Employment snapshot

Employment in the Building Completion Services sector has risen overall between 2000 and 2020, although there have been some fluctuations due to industry cycles. It is projected that employment in this sector will continue to grow between 2020 and 2024, from approximately 179,100 to over 225,500.

Over a quarter (26%) of the Building Completion Services workforce are employed at Carpenters and Joiners, followed by Painting Trades Workers (22%). Employment is projected to increase for all occupations by 2024, with Carpenters and Joiners expected to grow by nearly 12% and Wall and Floor Tilers and Painting Trades Workers by almost 9% each.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Building Completion Services-related qualifications increased between 2015 and 2019 from approximately 39,130 to 47,620 in 2019. Program completions in the same qualifications have fluctuated between 2015 and 2019, peaking in 2018 at just over 10,780. Just over 10,380 program completions were recorded in 2019. All enrolments (just under 47,620) in the sector were at the certificate III level in 2019. The majority of program enrolments in Building Completion Services-related qualification were in Carpentry and Joinery (about 36,030) in 2019. The most common intended occupation for the training in this sector was Carpenter (76%).

During 2019, the most common training providers in this sector were TAFE institutes (approximately 49%) and private training providers (approximately 46%). TAFE institutes delivered about 53% of Carpentry and Joinery qualifications, and a higher proportion of qualifications in the area of Shopfitting and Formwork/Falsework (approximately 78%). Private training providers delivered higher proportions of Painting, Decorating and Solid Plastering (about 67%) and Wall, Floor and Ceiling Lining or Tiling (approximately 59%) qualifications. Nearly a quarter (73%) of Building Completion Services-related subjects in 2019 were Commonwealth and state funded. Over 90% of subjects delivered by TAFE institutes were Commonwealth and state funded. Over half (56%) of subjects delivered by private training providers were government funded, with the remainder domestic or international fee for service.

Nearly a third of program enrolments in Building Completion-related qualifications were recorded by students living in New South Wales (31%) and more than a quarter (27%) in Victoria followed by Queensland (20%). Just under a third (32%) of the training was delivered in Victoria, followed by New South Wales (30%) and Queensland (24%).

Overall, apprentice and trainee commencements in Building Completion Services-related qualifications have declined between 2010 and 2019. Over the same period, the number of completions has fluctuated with 7,150 reported in 2019, similar the number reported in 2013.

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 (30%) and Queensland (19%).

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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

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

 

Relevant research

Industry Outlook 2018-19: Looking to the Horizon and Beyond – Construction Skills Queensland

 

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)

 

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2020, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal.

  • by ANZSIC 3-digit 324 Building Completion Services Industry, employment projections to May 2024
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2024
    • 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 2020, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ06, viewed 1 August 2020, https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202020?OpenDocument

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3-digit 324 Building Completion Services Industry, 2000 to 2020, 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
    • 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)
    • 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)
  • 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 to 2019 program enrolments
  • 2015 to 2019 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 2019 commencements
  • 2010 to 2019 completions
  • 2019 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2019 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: 17 Dec 2020
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