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Ai Group Head of Policy, Peter Burn, said: “Activity fell for the eleventh consecutive month across the Australian construction industry in August (2019). Activity declined in the residential sectors and in commercial and engineering construction. Apartment building led the way with another steep drop that extended the contraction in this sector into a 17th month. […]

The COAG meeting of state and territory leaders with the Prime Minister presents a golden opportunity to bring the VET sector back into the frame of Australia’s education system. Vocational education and trade training must receive the same recognition as other education pathways.

The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) fell by 3.9 points to 39.1 in July (2019), recording the construction industry’s steepest overall rate of contraction in six years (readings below 50 indicate contraction in activity, with the distance from 50 indicating the strength of the decrease).

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