2022 Programme

Day One - Residential Construction: Lessons to help with adapting to change
Thursday 25 August

For the last 12 years we have seen a continuous increase in work. That’s now stopped as the effects of a slowing economy, supply chain disruption, skilled labour shortages, rising costs, consenting delays, and government regulation have pressed down on the sector. Our problems are not unique, similar issues are being felt elsewhere. We ask is there anything we can learn from others, particularly from Australia, and how can we transform our approach to housing and social housing in order to adapt and emerge stronger than during previous cycles. 

We also looked at the myriad regulatory issues impacting the sector, what you need to know and what these changes will practically mean for what and how we build. Emissions reduction joins consenting as significant pain points for many. Constructive will address what we can do differently today, and the changes we need to solve for tomorrow. 

Concern for the mental wellbeing of our workforce was a particular focus at Constructive. Already a major issue for the sector, what strategies and practical tips can help protect a workforce facing unprecedented pressures. With the allure of higher wages across the Tasman and the border reopened, what can the sector do to retain and reward staff. The need to encourage greater diversity is no longer a nice to have but a necessary step in growing the sector’s workforce. The benefits of adopting a wellbeing approach and promoting diversity will be made.   
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Day Two - Commercial Construction: Strategies for surviving the cycle  
Friday 26 August

Issues facing the commercial construction sector – procurement, climate change and waste management, supply chain disruption, cost escalation and business failures – was explored to derive lessons which can inform new adaptive strategies as acute pressures impact the sector.  

We presented our annual state of the sector survey, which showed what we have achieved in the past 12 months, while raising the issues being experienced. We focused on what is keeping leaders awake at night – and what they’re doing about it. This year’s survey was especially important to gauge how well the sector is holding up as it faces a marked change in market conditions.  

The Construction Sector Accord is a key structure for government and the sector to work together to improve the sector’s performance. It’s opportune to review progress made since its inception in 2019 and focus on where improvements are needed and discuss where to from here for the Accord as economic conditions, regulatory overload, and workforce conditions place the sector under greater stress.   
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