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How can Australia's dire construction labour shortage be solved?

The Australian building industry finds itself in a catch-22 situation as it seeks to attract workers and meet the housing supply needs of the country but possible solutions abound, according to experts from across the sector.

Silhouette of engineer giving orders for construction crews to work on high ground heavy industry at sunset.
The sun has set on too many builders in recent years but experts say there are ways that labour shortages can be addressed.

The Australian building industry finds itself in a catch-22 situation as it seeks to attract workers and meet the housing supply needs of the country.

The more it throws money at scarce labour and escalating materials costs, the more difficult it becomes to build the homes and commercial properties that are in high demand.

It’s an existential crisis that was further underlined this week with the collapse of more building companies, as the indus…