Housing Horizons: A SEQ Construction Summit

South East Queensland is grappling with a significant shortage of skilled labour, affecting the industry’s capacity to meet demand. In the midst of this housing crisis, it’s crucial that we unite to implement effective solutions for the future well-being of Queensland residents.

Be in the room on 13 March when Government, developers, and industry leaders come together to delve into the current climate of the construction sector and discuss the way forward.

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Event Summary


Wednesday, 13 March 2024


8:00am for an 8:30am start – 12:15pm


Queens Ballroom
Hilton Brisbane
190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City


Member: $130
Non-Member: $260

Morning tea, espresso coffee, and tea is provided.


Session Overview


Registration & networking over barista coffee

This is an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new property industry connections over barista coffee.

Opening Formalities

Session 1

Brett Schimming – Buildskills Australia

Current State of Play

Hear an in-depth analysis from Brett Schimming as he shares BuildSkills Australia’s research findings on the current situation. Discover the likely time-frames to reach a resolution, and hear details on infrastructure demands in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Session 2

Scott Hutchinson – Hutchinson Builders, Michael McNab – McNab

Panel: Builder Perspectives

Take part in the builders’ panel session as they delve into the proactive measures required to overcome the construction industry’s obstacles, whilst also sharing their perspectives on potential policy adjustments that could assist in preventing a recurrence of the current situation.
Session 3

Heather Browne – Economic Development Queensland, Laura Angus – Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 

The Solutions

Hear from the State Government as they address the labour and skills shortage. Gain understanding on the State’s outlook for the future and the approach they are taking to resolve the current issues.

Networking Morning Tea

Session 4

Scott Langford – SGCH Group

Positioning Queensland

In this session, community housing providers will discuss their experiences in delivering social and affordable housing, while also providing guidance on successfully constructing this typology at a time when we need it most.
Session 5

Warwick Bible – Mirvac, Michelle Wooldridge – Pikos, Brook Monahan – Mosaic Property Group

Panel: A Way Forward

The developers’ panel will explore innovative solutions that can address the challenging circumstances, and gain insights into how the industry can maintain resilience, adapt, and continue to support the needs of a growing population.

End of Event


Brett Schimming Chief Executive Officer BuildSkills Australia
Michael McNab Group Managing Director McNab
Scott Hutchinson Chairman Hutchinson Builders
Heather Browne Executive Director for Business Development Economic Development Queensland
Laura Angus First Assistant Secretary/Executive Director, Careers and International Skills Division Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 
Scott Langford Chief Executive Officer SGCH Group
Warwick Bible General Manager Mirvac
Michelle Wooldridge Chief Executive Officer Pikos
Brook Monahan Founder, Managing Director Mosaic Property Group

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