As a new government prepares to take the reins, the outlook for the construction sector in Victoria is reasonably positive amid expectations of continued strong activity in new housing construction and modest growth in commercial building.

Despite some broader economic headwinds, such as an unemployment rate which is above national averages and a struggling manufacturing sector, participants in a recent Master Builders Association of Victoria survey were more confident about the outlook for their businesses that at any other time in the past four years and…