Construction industry members need to understand that the real bottom line revolves around people. The wayward lines on charts published in industry forecasts, including those by us at Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), are not just about money, but the hopes and lifestyles of the roughly one million Australians who contribute to the building of the houses, offices, schools, hospitals, roads and other buildings and infrastructure which makes up our nation’s built environment.

For this reason, it is heartening to see the outlook revealed in our November forecasts improving for some states and sectors, while early warnings of flat or declining areas and work types at least give businesses and people time to reflect and plan their next steps. So what do the…