The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today warmly welcomed the figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week which showed that forecast investment in the engineering and construction sector in Tasmania was $758 million in March and an increase of 81 per cent for the quarter, but cautioned that this rapid growth in construction work must not come at the expense of quality construction standards and professionalism.
These figures are a wonderful result for Tasmania. Its a win for the Tasmanian economy, a win for Tasmanian building professionals and a win for the Tasmanian public. said Mr Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer.
However, there is the danger that this increased activity could threaten quality and professionalism because it puts pressure on the construction workforce, and may lead to sub-standard builders being employed.
Mr Hunt added, We urge the Tasmanian Government to ensure that the highest and most rigorous standards are maintained for building professionals and technicians, to ensure that these new construction projects are of the highest quality. This is essential to ensure the safety, integrity and longevity of these new structures.
In future years, standards for national building licensing will be harmonised across Australia, and Tasmania must be in a position to easily integrate into these national standards.
The AIB national office and AIB members in Tasmania will readily assist and advise the Tasmanian Government on these matters, should that be required, said Mr Hunt.