You could construct an airport runway

Or lay the foundation of a city

Or lay the foundation of a city

Control some very large equipment

You could build bridges

You could lay a railway line

You could dig a tunnel

You could create a harbour

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The Civil Construction industry is made up of the companies, individuals, and resources involved in planning, designing, and constructing Australia’s civil infrastructure.

“Construction” means we are involved in building things…normally very big things. BUT don’t call a person in this industry a “builder” – they won’t see it as a positive.

The “Civil” word relates to the fact that most of our work is funded by governments – about 70% of it. Many in the industry just do private work, like land development, but for most, it’s about public infrastructure.

To put it all another way, “miners” go deep underground, “builders” go up into the air, and “civil contractors” go along the surface.


Every time you go anywhere by road, rail, plane or boat, you use infrastructure built by the civil construction industry. Every time you go to a hospital, drink a glass of water, turn on a light or use gas, you depend on projects constructed by the civil construction industry. Every time it rains, whenever you use the bathroom, or whenever it floods, you are using civil infrastructure systems.

Civil infrastructure keeps our cities, towns, and homes functioning. Nearly every town in Australia has civil contractors working quietly. Civil infrastructure ensures that our people, streets, parklands and public areas are kept healthy and clean.

Whatever is required by the community to make life easier and safer, the civil construction industry has provided these resources.

What Type of Work is Done in Civil?
Why Work in Civil?


If you want a motivating career that provides the rewards of job satisfaction, excellent income potential, working with teams of people, plus further opportunities for professional advancement, then civil construction absolutely should be your career of choice.

Whether you enjoy working outdoors operating state-of-the-art equipment, planning and designing infrastructure projects, or jobs where caring for the environment is important, then the civil construction industry has a career path and job options to take you there.

It doesn’t matter where you begin, you can always advance your career in this industry.


ABSOLUTELY! In fact, more and more evidence is showing that women excel in this industry.

The NSW Government has just given the CCF NSW a grant to help promote women joining the industry, and we are going to be using this to do even MORE to support our programs to stand up for women.

Hear from some people who should know, and about some of the programs that are running to support women in the industry

Is Civil Construction safe?

YES. We are very, very serious about safety in this industry.

An important thing to understand about us is who our customers are. Most “civil” jobs are paid for by Government and just about every civil contractor will work on Government-funded jobs (including local councils).

Governments are seriously serious about safety. They place some serious requirements for safety on contractors and impose some truly serious penalties on those that don’t follow the rules.

That means our industry is very focused on keeping people safe. We use high-end technology to do that, and very tried and tested procedures.

Every site will have a safety person responsible for it. When you walk past a house building site – don’t think that’s anything like our workplaces! 

We are very, very serious about safety in the civil industry.