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The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has released its Strategic Plan to 2024, with three major focuses: culture, commercial frameworks, and capacity, capability and skills.

The ACA hopes that these three pillars will facilitate a more sustainable construction industry into the future.

ACA president Cathal O’Rourke said it would be an industry wide effort to achieve the goals set out in the Plan.

“We recognise that our industry needs to play its part and we are committed to doing this, but we are calling on all industry stakeholders to work together to ensure Australia benefits from a strong and progressive construction industry,” O’Rourke said.

“ACA’s purpose is to bring construction stakeholders together to influence, advocate and generate a sustainable and progressive industry.”

The goals set out by the Plan were as follows:

  • Pursue and support the highest standards of quality safety, and wellbeing across the industry
  • Promote and build the skills base of the industry
  • Identify and address key issues affecting the sustainability of the industry

ACA chief executive officer Jon Davies said the success of these goals would also rely on government.

“One of the key actions is to set and adopt a new culture standard to deliver great careers for workers and an economic boost for the nation—this will be an international first for the industry,” Davies said

“The greatest challenge however is achieving consistent and widespread adoption of best practice across all the states, territories and delivery agencies.

“This is why we believe that the Federal Government needs to play a more active role in incentivising and coordinating reform.”

One way in which government is aiding the adoption of these goals is through the Construction Industry Leadership Forum and Construction Industry Culture Taskforce – a joint collaborations between the ACA and governments of NSW and Victoria.

The taskforce has a goal of delivering the new culture standard and improving overall performance across the industry.

O’Rourke said he believed in the plan and its positive outcomes for Australian construction.

“I am confident this plan will help us create a forward-looking, productive industry that embraces new ways of doing things, while being a diverse industry of choice for the next generation of the workforce looking for a safe, challenging and rewarding career,” he said.

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