One year on: Progress on the Accord Transformation Plan 2022-2025
The 12 months since the July 2022 launch of the second Construction Sector Transformation Plan has been a busy time for everyone involved with the Accord.
With COVID-19 now part of our business-as-usual, the next big challenge came along in early 2023 in the form of severe weather events in the Upper North Island, arriving amid worsening economic conditions.
While these unexpected challenges have kept us all on our toes, they have also reinforced the need to continue to work collaboratively towards a more thriving, fair and sustainable construction sector.
In this backdrop, the Accord has been working hard to deliver on our new Transformation Plan. In the latter part of 2022, we focused on establishing a new operating model to set ourselves up to deliver on the ambitious plan. We brought on new governance and workstream leads, and as the year progressed, we scoped initiatives, established partnerships and got projects underway.
We continued to hold our monthly Forum meetings, and when severe flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle hit, we extended the Accord's platform for connecting government and industry to include critical intelligence and information sharing, as well as partnering to provide guidance and accelerate construction and infrastructure workforce projections for the rebuild.
We have continued to shine a light on good practice in the sector with our popular Beacons case studies, and have hosted webinars, workshops and pilot projects. From workforce diversity to waste, to special conditions and digitising construction, the Accord has brought people together to figure out and take action on challenges facing the sector.
Our Accord Steering Group co-chairs, Andrew Crisp and Tracey Ryan, shared their reflections on the year that was:
"Being only one year into a three year plan, we are really pleased with the Accord's progress. Next year is going to be even busier as we start rolling out a lot more initiatives. The Accord's industry-government partnership is key to delivering the Transformation Plan 2022-2025. None of our work would be possible without the Accord's partners, who are doing the hard mahi and taking big strides with us towards the Accord’s goals."
To read the Accord's highlights over the past year, updated priorities and initiatives, and next steps check out our full progress report.
Highlights for 2022-2023
Partnering with others
- Partnering with Construction Health and Safety NZ to develop a health, safety and wellbeing strategy.
- Partnering with Master Builders to design a social media campaign on reducing construction waste.
- Partnering with Callaghan Innovation(external link) to deliver a range of Construction Activator initiatives to upskill the sector and promote the adoption of innovative tools, practices and technologies.
- Partnering with the NZ Institute of Building to develop a digital roadmap for the sector.
- Co-hosting a cross-industry workshop with the Sustainable Business Network on construction waste(external link).
- Reviewing and revising NZS 3910, an industry standard contract template, including a review of the roles and responsibilities of the Engineer to Contract.
Support and collaboration
- Supporting WorkSafe to create thriving infrastructure pilot projects to reduce health and safety incidents.
- Progressing an action plan from the Construction Skills Strategy and the Construction Diversity Roadmap.
- Coordinating the government's work on offsite manufacturing in response to recommendations from the Commerce Commission's market study into residential building supplies.
- Teaming up with a pan-industry group to develop a marketing campaign to attract international talent(external link).
- Working with Immigration New Zealand to update immigration settings for the construction sector.
- Releasing six Beacons case studies and a range of webinars to showcase best practice within the industry.
- Supporting the sector's response to the North Island severe weather events, including by publishing guidance to support the immediate response and working with Te Waihanga and Waihanga Ara Rau to develop workforce projections(external link) for the post-flood rebuild.