The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will bring together local construction industry leaders at briefings around Australia during October to outline the key issues affecting building and construction businesses, and present the forecasts for business over the next decade.

Discussion at the ACIF Briefings will be seeded with the latest release of the ACIF Forecasts, the industry’s rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential and non-residential building plus engineering construction. This half-yearly update of the construction industry forecasts will be presented in a new and interactive format – concise, punchy and focussed on the main drivers of change ahead of a dynamic expert panel discussion on the key issues, plus addressing questions from the floor.

The panel for each ACIF Briefing includes local industry experts pulling out the key data and changes revealed by the ACIF Forecasts, and outlining their view of the impact upon costs, commercial property and more.

“We asked our industry what they wanted from our Briefings, and we’ve delivered it,” said Peter Barda, Executive Director for ACIF. “Each ACIF Briefing will be a dynamic and highly informative event. Delegates will take away detailed reports from the updated ACIF Forecasts, with all the numbers they need to plan their future. However the greatest benefit of the ACIF Briefings will be to hear and discuss the biggest issues which are affecting every business in the room.”

The ACIF Forecasts presentation has been restructured to focus on the major changes since the last release, and what is bringing them to bear. Other expert contributions will be concise and informative, and the panel discussion has been extended to thrash out local market conditions and what is happening for business costs, customers and their future.

“ACIF Forecasts provide Engineers Australia with a trustworthy, reliable and impartial source of industry data,” said Brent Jackson, Director International and National Policy, Engineers Australia. “With their proven track record, ACIF Forecasts will continue to be an essential tool in our analytical capability.”

ACIF Briefings include the release of the updated ACIF Forecasts, and will be held in six cities from 4-12 October 2012. Allen Consulting Group will present the ACIF Forecasts, which include data from ABS and Cordell Information.

The discussion panel will include local experts from Rider Levett Bucknall on construction costs, from Jones Lang Lasalle on commercial property and from Master Builders Association on building and construction. More information and registration is available from