Australian Government Funds Steel Frame Housing Project

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Australian Government funds Steel Frame Housing Project:

Aims to Improve Jobs and Housing.

Mobile Steel Framing Factory Meets Demand On-site. 

The Australian Commonwealth Government has just funded the purchase by the Batchelor

Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory of a FrameMaster

F300i: dubbed the Mobile Factory in a Can

The mobile steel framing factory was purchased from its manufacturer FRAMECAD Building


Job Opportunities

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Member for Lingiari Warren

Snowdon announced the funding which is under the Get Communities Working stream, part of

the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund. 

The Batchelor Institute aims to provide disadvantaged job seekers with training and

opportunities for employment: notably rehabilitating low security inmates with skills to enter

the workforce.

Rehabilitation will be promoted by developing skills in steel frame fabrication and


Six jobs and 100 work experience placements will be created with the purchase of the

FrameMaster F300i Mobile Factory and operating equipment. 

These skills could be readily taken up in a market desperately in need of housing.

Housing Crisis & Skills Crisis

FRAMECAD’s Australian Sales Manager, Peter Blythe, notes that across Australia demand

for housing is outstripping supply at an increasing rate (see note below). “This is aggravated

by a lack of skilled workers and geographic disparities in the availability of such skills,” he


“This initiative in the Northern Territory by the Batchelor Institute and the Commonwealth

is great news for jobs and housing. And because the FrameMaster F300i is mobile it can be

easily transported to where training is required rather than transporting trainees long

distances in the Northern Territory.”

Mr Blythe added: “FRAMECAD Building Solutions can help address the nation’s housing

shortage and building skills deficiency. Other reasons why government departments are

attracted to our steel framing system are speed, efficiency and a reduced need for skilled

labour required on site. This delivers a high quality building at lower cost. 

“The mobility of the “Factory in a can system” means this building solution can be deployed

wherever the housing need is located.

“Our framing is ‘Meccano-like’ in its simplicity of assembly due to the precise computer

controlled production of every piece of framing. This means we can construct almost any

building - from a low cost disaster-relief building to resource-based outback housing to the

suburban family home exclusive luxury designer homes. 

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“In all cases FRAMECAD will save total construction time, improve quality and reduce cost.”

The precise steel frame fabrication system uses low skilled labour for low cost, faster, safer

construction. The accuracy is controlled by the computerised machine, irrespective of the

skill level of the labour force. Further, the FrameMaster F300i Mobile Factory can be rapidly

and cost-effectively transported to remote areas.

The FRAMECAD “Factory in a Can” F300i is a self-contained roll forming machine housed in

a 6.1m or 12.2m (20 or 40ft) shipping container. The mobile factory can be trucked into any

location and made operational within 24 hours of being sited.

Note on Australia’s Housing Crisis

Official forecasts for the nation's housing shortage are worsening. 

Media reports recently (‘Housing shortfall likely to worsen.’ George Megalogenis: ?The

Australian. March 29, 2010) note that more than 100,000 prospective home buyers were

locked out of the market by June 30 last year. 

“The ongoing gap between demand and supply will be greater than previously feared, as all

levels of government and the building industry struggle to keep up with Australia's world-

beating population growth.

“By 2029, the combined shortfall could reach 500,000 homes and apartments.”

Underlining this concern, the Bureau of Statistics, in recent weeks, confirmed that Australia’s

population grew 2.1 per cent last year: almost double the world average of 1.1 per cent.

On present trends, Australia's population of 22 million would rise to 34 million by 2050. 

This prompted the Prime Minister to suggest federal intervention in planning cities and the

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to stage a population summit in Brisbane in late March.

This all points to housing continuing as a major national issue of concern: especially as

interest rates increase. The recent Housing Industry Association’s National Outlook

released in March highlights “Australia’s acute shortage of shelter,” as stated by HIA Chief

Economist Dr Harley Dale.

According to the HIA, lack of affordable land, a shortage of skilled labour and limited access

to finance are the obstacles to achieving sustainable recovery in the housing market. 

In the 2008 HIA National Outlook similar issues surrounding the need for skilled labour

were highlighted.


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Further information: 


Peter Blythe. 0419 101 639 or


David Park: parkyoung.

0418 159 231 or

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