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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 2018 there were 13,059 business offering Architectural Services and 3,430 businesses offering Engineering and Technical Services including Surveying.

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.

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

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

Employment levels in Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services more than doubled between 2001 and 2015 to a high of 315,100. Numbers have since fallen to around 303,200 in 2021, and are projected to rise to approximately 310,800 by 2025. The most common VET-related occupations in this sector are Architects and Landscape Architects, and Civil Engineering Professionals. These occupations, along with Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians, are projected to experience the most growth between 2020 and 2025 (around 5%, 12% and 15% respectively). Employment is projected to remain steady for the remaining occupations.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Architectural, Surveying and Related Services-related qualifications have declined steadily from 6,100 in 2016 to a low of 3,900 in 2020. Program completions have followed the same trend, declining from 1,510 in 2016 to just under 920 in 2020. Most enrolments in this sector were at the diploma level or higher, with 2,660 such enrolments in 2020, compared to 960  enrolments in the next most popular level, certificate IV. Building Design was the most common area of enrolment in 2020, with 2,450 enrolments. The most common intended occupations in this sector in 2020 were Architectural Draftsperson and Surveying or Spatial Science Technician.

The majority of enrolments in this sector in 2020 were at TAFE institutes at 83%, 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 (70%). The majority (78%) of subject enrolments in this sector were Commonwealth and state funded in 2020.

In 2020 the largest proportion of students in this sector were from New South Wales (43%), followed by Queensland at 18% and Western Australia and Victoria at 11% each. Similarly, just under half (46%) of all training was delivered in New South Wales, followed by Queensland (21%), Western Australia (10%), and South Australia (9%).

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

For more data specific to your occupation, industry or training package, visit NCVER’s Data Builder.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

According to the Property Services IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast, the top generic 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:

  • Managerial / Leadership
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) (Foundation skills)
  • Customer service / Marketing
  • Financial
  • Technology.

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
  • Problem solving
  • Building effective relationships.

The job vacancy data identifies the following occupations as most in-demand for this sector:  Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Graphic Designer, Engineering Professionals, and Engineering Managers. The top employers for the sector include AECOM Technology Corporation and Downer EDI, among other engineering services companies.

Additionally, the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List: June 2021 shows the occupations of Architect, Landscape Architect, Urban and Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, and Surveyor as having strong future demand. The occupations of Civil Engineering Draftsperson, Civil Engineering Technician, Architectural Draftsperson, Surveying or Spatial Science Technician are listed as having moderate future growth.

The Property Services IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast identifies Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a factor to impact not only the Architecture and Surveying sector, but also those sectors such as Construction which it interacts with. BIM is expected to replace traditional computer aided design (CAD) systems, and some jurisdictions are beginning to requite BIM for large government construction projects. 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 use of drones is also identified for Surveying to safely and efficiently capture spatial and mapping data, especially over large areas.

The report Future Role of the Property Services IRC reveals that the built environment value chain is integral in Australia’s contribution to sustainable development, but is experiencing significant disruption including Building Information Modelling (BIM), robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing with the impacts being felt right across the value chain.

While skill development projects in Fire Protection were well advanced in 2019, The Property Services IRC’s 2020 Skills Forecast reaffirms the need for planning and preparedness skills in order to minimise the impact of bushfires on the built environment. Proposing the development of a new qualification for all involved in bushfire planning, development and compliance reporting in response to the widespread bushfires seen in early 2020. Also identified is an increasing focus on building performance and compliance, in response to the Building Confidence Report.

The Property Services IRC’s 2018 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.

Links and resources

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

IRC and skills forecasts

Property Services Industry Reference Committee

 

Relevant research

Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia Professor Peter Shergold and Ms Bronwyn Weir

Skills Priority List: June 2021 - National Skills Commission

The Future Role of the Property IRC – Artibus Innovation

 

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia

Association of Consultants in Access Australia

Australian Building Sustainability Association

Australian Graphic Design Association

Australian Institute of Architects

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

Building Designers Association of Australia

Consulting Surveyors National

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Strata Community Association

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

 

Regulatory bodies

Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of New South Wales

Land Information System Tasmania

Land Use Victoria

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme

Northern Territory Land Information Systems

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Queensland Spatial Information Council

Surveyors Board of Queensland

Surveyors Board of South Australia

Surveyors Board of the Northern Territory

Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria

Tasmanian Land Surveyors Accreditation Board

The Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia

Western Australian Landgate

 

Employee associations

Professionals Australia

United Workers Union

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment 2021, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services industry, employment projections to May 2025
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2025
    • 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 2021, 6291.0.55.001 - EQ06 - Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, viewed 1 August 2021, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/labour/employment-and-unemployment/labour-force-australia-detailed/may-2021   

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services industry, 2001 to 2021, 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
    • CPP40821 - Certificate IV in Access Consulting
    • CPP41110 - Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment
    • CPP41119 - Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
    • CPP41212 - Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment
    • CPP50516 - Diploma of Residential Building Energy Assessment
    • CPP50708 - Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP50711 - Diploma of Access Consulting
    • CPP50721 - 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
    • CPP40121 - Certificate IV in Residential Drafting
    • CPP50911 - Diploma of Building Design
    • CPP50921 - Diploma of Building Design
    • CPP60421 - Advanced 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
    • CPP80221 - 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
    • CPP20121 - Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP30109 - Certificate III in 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
    • CPP30221 - 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
    • CPP41721 - Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50107 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50112 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50116 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50121 - Diploma of Surveying
    • CPP50207 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50211 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50212 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50216 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services
    • CPP50221 - 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
    • CPP60121 - 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:

  • 2016 to 2020 program enrolments
  • 2016 to 2020 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:

  • 2011 to 2020 commencements
  • 2011 to 2020 completions 
  • apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2020 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

 

Job vacancy data have been extracted from Burning Glass Technologies 2021, Labour Insight Real-time Labour Market Information Tool, Burning Glass Technologies, Boston, viewed July 2021, https://www.burning-glass.com.

Data shown represent most requested generic skills, occupations and employers according to internet job postings in Australia between July 2018 and June 2021 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
    • 232411 Graphic Designer
    • 233311 Electrical Engineer
    • 233999 Engineering Professionals nec
    • 133211 Engineering Manager
    • 692 Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services.

 

Updated: 19 Jan 2022
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