Women in construction (Australia): what barriers do they face?

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Women in construction don’t always get a fair go in the building industry. Let’s talk about how we all benefit from smashing barriers to create more supportive workplaces with higher profits.

Step onto any building site and you’ll see it:

Women are usually outnumbered by men.

In the Australian construction industry, women make up only 12 per cent of the workforce.
And this gap is getting worse, not better.
This probably wouldn’t matter, if it wasn’t for the fact that many women WANT to work in construction.

Unfortunately, various barriers stop them from getting in and sticking around – although many of these are unintentional.

Our industry isn’t tapping into one half of the population to expand its dwindling workforce, even as businesses struggle to fill job vacancies amidst widespread skills shortages.
Now more than ever, we need to attract and retain anyone who’s a good fit.