A creating and creative industry

We often talk about “the property industry” as if there was one amorphous group of people which make up our industry.

The truth is, it’s not.

Our everything is everyone from tradies on building sites to engineers running complex models about how buildings can work. As well, financiers, quantity surveyors, project managers and a raft of others make sure our buildings work exactly as intended. In total, over 1.1 million rely on this industry for their jobs.

What amazes me is the breadth of skills within our industry and the skills attracted to it. The most common word I hear from our members when they talk about their work is the word ‘creating’.

One of the reasons we are a creating and creative industry is that no two projects are the same. We are an industry that deals with enormous variety and that requires imagination, versatility, and the ability to continually adapt.

In this week’s issue, we see some of that variety – from the future of service stations to the challenges and costs of building major infrastructure projects in our cities. We also look at the growth expected in student accommodation. International students are worth $20 billion to our national economy every year – and our cities and universities are undertaking new works that will continue to make Australia attractive to them.

We are an increasingly diverse industry and there is so much we can learn from each other – because while this is a fiercely competitive industry, it is a collaborative industry as well. One of the benefits we provide members is the ability to network, share experiences, and learn from each other – and the premium event we hold every year is the Property Congress.  There are less than 150 tickets left and it is the best occasion to meet other industry professionals and compare notes. If you want to find out more go to http://www.thepropertycongress.com.au/.