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The Site Preparation Services industry is one of the largest specialist construction services industries in Australia. In the current year, industry employment numbers approximately 60,450 people in 17,950 enterprises. Industry operators provide services that are integral to the early stages of most construction projects and resource developments. The industry comprises many small-scale contractors that supply heavy construction equipment (excluding cranes) with equipment operators, and several larger-scale firms that are capable of undertaking large-scale or complex more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Divergent trends in downstream construction markets have influenced the industry's performance
  • Demand for bulk earthworks on major road projects has supported large industry contracting firms
  • Growth in most construction markets is projected to support industry profit margins
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    New competitors to the industry face three key obstacles, including the relatively high capital costs, fluctuations in demand from the key markets and the importance of reputation when tendering for contracts. Capital costs in the industry are generally high and although many operators lease the necessary machinery and equipment rather than purchase it, there are still substantial costs associated with equipment hire, maintenance and transportation. New entrants must establish their financial stability to lease equipment. Typically, a small-scale operator will own or have ready access to various types of bulldozers, graders, compaction equipment, water-pumping equipment and tip trucks...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Site Preparation Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Site Preparation Services are:

  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from building construction and Actual capital expenditure on mining in the Site Preparation Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Site Preparation Services Industry?

    Industry companies primarily conduct earthmoving work, such as levelling construction sites, excavating foundations, digging trenches or removing overburden from mine sites. The industry also includes companies that hire out earthmoving equipment with operators (wet hire).

    Industry Products
  • Wet hire on building sites
  • Wet hire on infrastructure projects
  • Specialist mine preparation
  • Demolition work
  • Specialist services
  • Industry Activities
  • Demolition of buildings or other structures
  • Earthmoving and trench digging
  • Excavation
  • Explosives laying
  • Ground dewatering and removal of overburden
  • Hiring out earthmoving plants with operators (wet hire)
  • Land clearing (urban and rural)
  • Levelling (construction sites)
  • Mine site preparation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from building construction
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction
  • Demand from road and bridge construction
  • Cost of natural disasters

  • Current Performance
  • Infrastructure demand
  • Building demand
  • Profit and employment
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building



  • Mining and infrastructure


  • Profit and jobs growth
  • Table: Site Preparation Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Site Preparation Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • House Construction
  • Road and Bridge Construction
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Farm and Construction Machinery Wholesaling
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Gravel and Sand Quarrying
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Rock, Limestone and Clay Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Wet hire on building sites
  • Wet hire on infrastructure projects
  • Specialist mine preparation
  • Specialist services
  • Demolition work
  • Chart: Site Preparation Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Engineering construction demand
  • Road construction demand
  • Building construction demand

  • Major Markets
  • Residential building contractors and developers
  • Road contractors and authorities
  • Other infrastructure developers
  • Non-residential building contractors and developers
  • Mining companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Site Preparation Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Site Preparation Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Site Preparation Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Site Preparation Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Site Preparation Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Dry Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery without an operator. Dry hire equipment can be hired on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
  • Ground Dewatering
  • The removal of excess water from the soil through pumping, and the application of absorbent clays or sealing with shotcrete and aggregate.
  • Removal Of Overburden
  • The removal of the loose material that overlies an ore deposit.
  • Soil Stabilisation
  • Preparation of land for building or other use by stabilising the soil through dewatering, grassing, and shoring with rocks, aggregate or concrete.
  • Wet Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery with a suitably qualified operator working under the direction of the prime contractor. Wet hire can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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