Building & construction

Building and construction covers a wide range of jobs in areas such as planning, residential building, non-residential building, construction engineering, architecture and the building trades.

Planning involves work in areas including planning for climate change, regional planning, transport and sustainable development. A planner's role is to design spaces and places for the benefit of the community while ensuring that economic growth, sustainability, transport, social equity and community living are considered.

Residential building includes construction of houses, flats, units and townhouses. Non-residential building includes schools, hospitals, shops, offices and factories.

Construction engineering involves all of the work that goes into building and maintaining our roads and streets, railways, dams and sewerage systems.

Architectural services include things like architecture, planning and building design. And the building and construction trades cover everything from brickies and plumbers to sparkies and chippies.

Associations, peak bodies & government organisations

Visit these organisations to find out more about each industry including information about jobs, career paths and training opportunities.

Australian Institute of Building
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors 
Civil Contractors Federation
Concrete Institute of Australia
Master Builders Association of Victoria
Master Plumbers' and Mechanical Services Association
Motor Trades Association of Australia
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Career Profiles

Find out about some of the jobs that people do in the building and construction industries.

Name: Claire

James, Plumbing apprenticeship

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