Our industry

The building and construction industry is the most important sector in Victoria, delivering significant employment, Gross State Product (GSP) and taxation revenue.

We are responsible for delivering the homes, roads, transport, parks, hospitals, schools and aged-care facilities necessary for Victorians to maintain the living standards that they have come to expect.

The construction sector is the third largest employer in the state, generating about 358,900 jobs. Around 309,100 construction jobs are full-time, making the industry the largest full-time employer in the state.

The sector continues to make a significant economic contribution to the GSP, accounting for about 8.5 per cent of the state’s total goods and services produced in FY 2021/22, or $39.6 billion in gross value added. This makes it the fifth-largest sector in terms of economic output.

Building and construction remains a large part of the state’s economy. When local government tax is included, it accounts for over 56% of the state’s tax revenue. This reliance highlights that the government must support the sector through policy initiatives.

There were 127,370 firms in the Victorian building and construction industry at the end of June 2022. This makes construction the largest industry by the number of firms. 79,883 or 62.7% of these businesses, are sole traders.

Master Builders is the peak body representing a range of stakeholders in Victoria’s building and construction industry. Our 6500 members include suppliers and manufacturers, commercial and residential builders, tradespeople, and apprentices. Through regular engagement with the government, we represent and lobby on behalf of our members and the industry as a whole.