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Women in the construction workforce

Wed., 24 June, 2020

More women are working than ever before. In 2020, around 60% of working-age Australian women are currently participating in the workforce, compared to around 70% of working-age men. The rate of female participation in Australia has improved significantly over recent decades, up from around 40% in the 1970s.

Currently women make up a small proportion of construction workforce. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2017, women accounted for less than 3% of construction workforce across Australia, whilst making up 51% of the non-construction workforce.

The R2P Project is helping to change this by ensuring that we have a workplace that is diverse and has equal opportunities for all. People on the R2P Project are employed for their abilities, not their gender. Our success with the women in construction movement is led by the fact that our women are not only supported by other women, but also by male colleagues.

There is a diverse scope of jobs in the construction workforce and the women working on the R2P Project give hope to others that there is a place for them in the industry. We have many extraordinary, talented, resilient, determined, ambitious, confident and inspirational women to act as positive role models for other women who may be considering entering the industry.

Working in the construction industry is exciting, dynamic and lucrative. It is a career that offers vast opportunities and on the R2P Project there are many women working on site. On the R2P Project we have women employed in the following positions:

  • Engineers
  • Environmental & Sustainability Manager
  • Environmental & Sustainability Advisor
  • Survey Manager
  • Surveyor
  • Community & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
  • Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisors
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Administrator
  • Project Upskilling & Training Advisor
  • Finance Manager
  • Finance team members
  • Crane Operators
  • Supervisors
  • Plant Operator
  • Civil Workers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Data Technicians / Cable Splicers
  • Traffic Management Personnel

Our women in staff roles exceed 25% of our workforce and our women in civil roles exceeds 6% (higher than the national average of 1%).

Much good work is being done to lift female participation in construction workforce across Australia. Several government and non-government programs are currently underway to assist and promote gender diversity in the industry. A growing number of for-profit and not-for-profit organisations are also working actively to encourage greater female participation in the construction industry. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The National Association for Women in Construction
  • Fanelle: Apprentice and Tradeswomen Network
  • The Lady Tradies
  • Skills One
  • Women In to Construction
  • Eve Workwear
  • She Wear
  • Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen

The R2P Project is proud to represent a culturally safe and inclusive workplace that recognises and respects our women in the industry.

Zaira – Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

Lisa – Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisor and Anna – Environmental & Sustainability Manager

Jean – Civil Worker

Bronnie – Health, Safety and Environmental Administrator

Michelle – Survey Manager and Nina- Surveyor

Sue – Project Upskilling & Training Advisor


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