Updated February 2018
The industry employs engineers both directly through the road authorities in each state and private specialised companies, and indirectly through the engagement of consulting firms. Employees in this sector are involved in the scoping, design, construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, ranging from small roads, to major arterials, bridges and tunnels. Road infrastructure typically provides a significant source of demand for engineering skills throughout Australia.
The sector is also heavily reliant on favourable government spending decisions at federal, state and local levels. Government efforts to cut spending can often harm the industry, while a focus on economic growth and jobs often requires investment in productivity enabling infrastructure such as roads. While much of the past five years has been marked by subdued investment, more recently the level of road work done has grown significantly.