Road and Bridge Construction in Australia: Market Research Report

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Road and Bridge Construction Market Research Report | ANZSIC E3101 | Jun 2014

Reciprocal roadworks: public-private funding structures continue to grow

IBISWorld’s Road and Bridge Construction market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Road and Bridge Construction industry has performed strongly since the mid-2000s, driven principally by federal and state road funding and private sector investment into public toll roads. Despite slowing over the past five years, the industry is operating at near record levels of activity. This has paved the way for extensive multiplier effects throughout the local and general economies and improved efficiency and safety for road users.

Industry revenue is projected to grow by an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2013-14 to total $14.6 billion. This includes an upswing by 6.6% in 2013-14 driven by construction activity on new housing subdivisions and ongoing major roadworks... purchase to read more

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The industry has substantial capital inputs compared with most construction industries. Road and bridge contractors still require large amounts of relatively low-skilled labour, but also rely heavily on large-scale capital equipment.

An industry's depreciation-to-labour cost ratio is indicative of its relative labour or capital intensity as it indicates the share of industry revenue absorbed by each type of input to construction. The industry has a high level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital equipment, the industry allocates $2.18 to wage costs.

In addition to direct wage costs, the industry has a heavy reliance on subcontracted services, including specialist trade services and general labourers... purchase to read more


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What is the Road and Bridge Construction Industry?

Companies in this industry construct roads, bridges, aerodrome runways and parking lots. They also carry out repairs and maintenance. The quarrying of earth, soil or filling and other construction materials is carried out in conjunction with road or bridge construction.

Industry Products
New road and tunnel constructionBridge and overpass constructionMaintenance and repairs to infrastructureAlterations and additions to existing structuresOther non-road construction
Industry Activities
Road construction or sealingAsphalt and concrete pavement surfacing and repairBridge construction Repair or maintenance of roads, bridges and tunnelsRoad sub base or fill quarrying (in conjunction with road construction)Kerbing, guttering and road tunnel constructionAssociated road construction services (e.g. drainage and lighting installation)Airport runway constructionParking lot construction (except buildings)Pedestrian overpasses and cycle path construction

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