The Accord

The Construction Sector Accord is a joint commitment from government and industry to work together to create a high performing construction sector for a better New Zealand.

The Construction Sector Accord was launched in April 2019 by the Prime Minister, Accord Ministers, and the industry Accord Development Group made up of 13 sector leaders from across industry and government.

The Accord created a platform for industry and government to work together to meet some of the key challenges facing the sector including skills and labour shortages, unclear regulations, a lack of coordinated leadership, an uncertain pipeline of work and a culture of shifting risk.

The construction sector is an ecosystem that depends on the high performance of all its many parts and the Accord brings everyone together to support the collective cause.

Read the Construction Sector Accord [PDF, 6.6 MB]

In the Accord, government committed to an initial programme of work to help lift sector performance which included a Construction Skills Action Plan, a new Infrastructure Commission and revised Construction Procurement Guidelines for government agencies.

Find out about government commitments in the Accord [PDF, 299 KB]

To put the Accord into action and achieve the vision, the Construction Sector Transformation Plan was launched in January 2020.

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Accord shared goals

Increase productivity – A productive, value-driven and efficient construction sector able to produce more for each dollar spent.

Raise capability – A skilled and capable workforce that meets New Zealand’s growing housing and infrastructure needs.

Improve resilience – Strong, sustainable businesses with the capacity to innovate and adapt to change and disruption.

Restore confidence, pride and reputation – A high-performing, transparent and trusted sector we can all be proud of.

Outcomes for New Zealanders

Achieving our shared goals will deliver benefits across the sector and for all New Zealanders.

New Zealanders — safe, healthy and durable homes, buildings and infrastructure that support the wellbeing of our communities.

Workforce — safe, secure, rewarding careers

  • Job security
  • Career pathways and opportunities to upskill
  • Trusted and respected professions
  • Greater diversity
  • An environment that supports thriving mental health and wellbeing
  • Increased earning power

Industry customers — functioning and competitive market

  • Quality durable builds
  • Value for money
  • Fit-for-purpose options for products and services
  • Consistent, reliable and timely project delivery
  • Transparency
  • Capacity and flexibility to meet customer needs

Industry — sustainable, resilient, successful businesses

  • High performance culture
  • Workforce capacity and capability
  • Greater pipeline certainty and confidence to invest for the future
  • Profitability and stronger balance sheets
  • A collaborative industry
  • Trust and confidence in the construction sector
  • Fair risk allocation
  • All our people home safe every day

Government — a construction sector that supports the wellbeing of New Zealanders

  • Healthy and safe Kiwis
  • Access to quality affordable housing
  • Stable, healthy and more productive construction sector
  • Strong, reliable and enduring infrastructure
  • Better whole-of-life value for taxpayers
  • Sustainable buildings and infrastructure created with minimal environmental impact

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Guiding principles

An important focus of the Accord programme is to improve the culture within the sector. In the Accord, industry and government agreed to be guided by four key principles and to hold themselves and each other to account against them.

Build trusting relationships

  • Being accountable
  • Acting with empathy and respect
  • Focusing on delivering quality
  • Being transparent on the value and allocation of risk
  • Working in a collaborative and inclusive way.

Be bold

  • Fostering innovation, and research and development
  • Not accepting conduct and culture contrary to the principles of the Accord
  • Sharing success and learning from failure
  • Focusing on whole-of-life value when buying and building.

Value our people

  • Fostering careers to nurture the industry’s future
  • Recognising and rewarding effort and success
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting better outcomes for Māori
  • Prioritising health, safety and mental wellbeing.

Act with collective responsibility

  • Planning for the long term
  • Acting as a custodian for the sector’s future
  • Sharing knowledge and lessons learnt
  • Prioritising environmental sustainability.

"I am motivated to be a change maker within my organisation"

78% of Accord survey respondents

Last updated: 26 January 2020