Industry Sectors


The General Construction Sector covers skills for workers in general and off-site construction occupations from entry level to management. [ Off-site construction refers to construction which takes place at a different location than the location of use, ie in a manufacturing plant or factory specifically designed for this type of process - constructed items such as building modules, stairs etc, are then transported to the site.]

The workforce is primarily engaged in residential and non-residential building and construction work. The majority of work is on new structures with a proportion involved in alterations and additions to existing buildings. Some work is shared with those from the civil construction sector especially where integrated projects occur.

Occupations and job roles include construction trades such as:

  • Shopfitting
  • Joinery-Timber/Aluminium/Glass
  • Stairs
  • Pre-Fabrication and Machining
  • Stonemasonry (monumental/installation)
  • Signwriting and Manufacture
  • Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Building
  • Surveying
  • Carpentry
  • Concreting
  • Demolition
  • Dogging
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Rigging
  • Roof Tiling
  • Scaffolding
  • Solid Plastering
  • Steelfixing
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Waterproofing.

The construction industry has a workforce of 995,300 which is the third largest workforce behind retail trade and health care  employing over 8.6 per cent of all Australian workers.

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Cleaning Sector

The Cleaning Operations Sector of the property services industry covers general cleaning of residential, industrial and commercial properties as well as automotive cleaning. It is represented by large companies with national contracts through to one-person operators. Additionally, cleaning personnel may be engaged within organisations, such as hospitals, as staff members.

The sector comprises people and businesses providing cleaning services to schools, hospitals, construction sites, commercial, industrial and domestic premises, as well as cleaning of industrial machinery and vehicles.

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Fire Protection Inspection & Testing Sector

The FPIT Sector of the property services industry provides fire protection services to a wide variety of customer situations including shops, factories, domestic premises, offices, mines, airports, oil platforms, drilling operations, etc. The industry is comprised of a small number of large enterprises and a large number of micro to small businesses.

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Home Sustainability Assessment Sector

The home sustainability assessment (HSA) sector is focused on the energy efficiency of residential buildings. The sector incorporates two broad categories of qualifications: qualifications required by assessors for regulatory purposes related to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and those for assessors who are involved in conducting home sustainability assessments directed at improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of residential buildings.

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Pest Management Sector

The Pest Management Sector of the property services industry provides pest management services in urban and rural environments. The sector is comprised of some large and many micro businesses, the majority of which are owner-operators. Employees consult with clients to identify pests, assess pest management options and apply a range of treatments depending on the type of pest, its location and client requirements. These businesses work closely with equipment and chemical manufacturers in an effort to improve pest control services, treatment methods, equipment and newer technology in chemicals

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Plumbing & Services Sector

The Plumbing and Services Sector of the construction industry covers trade areas such as water, sanitary, gas, mechanical services, heating and cooling, industrial wastes, metal roofing, drainage, building services and other specialised areas such as fire services and air-conditioning. The workforce is involved in plumbing services ranging from domestic maintenance through to high-rise construction.

Occupations and job roles include trades such as:

  • Drainage
  • Metal roofing and cladding
  • Urban irrigation
  • Plumbing
  • Plumbing - Mechanical Services
  • Roof plumbing
  • Gas fitting
  • Fire protection

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Property Services, Sales and Development Sector

The sector comprises people and agencies providing property services in the areas of:

  • Real estate
  • Property operations and development
  • Business broking
  • Stock and station agency

Property operations and development includes commercial property management of one or more properties for private investors or public sector owners, management of real estate development or redevelopment opportunities, asset, and community and strata management.

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Security Sector

The Security Sector of the property services industry is growing exponentially and covers investigative services, security operations such as guarding, crowd control, control room operations and dog handling, plus higher level security and risk management services. The fastest growing sector is technical security that includes installing electronic alarm systems and providing security monitoring services.

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Surveying & Spatial Information Services Sector

Surveying & Spatial Information Services (SSIS) are based on the collection, management and presentation of information related to surveying, mapping and geographical information systems. These services are used in a wide range of circumstances and are an integral part of local, state and national land management programs, building and construction projects, environmental studies, navigational systems and monitoring of emergency situations

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Waste Management Sector

The Waste Management services include collection and disposal of domestic, commercial and industrial waste, resource recovery and recycling, landfill operation, processing of organic materials into compost and renewable energy facilities.

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