How Women in Construction are Cashing in on Booming Industry

Women who want to cash in on the booming construction sector in NSW are being encouraged to do so by the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) sector, government and businesses.

Although women make up just 11 per cent of the construction sector’s workforce, experts say now is the best time for women who want to pursue a career in this challenging but rewarding industry.

Women should get qualified to ensure they’re in line for highly paid construction jobs.

Lendlease’s Craig Laslett said with the advancements in technology and machinery, alot of the manual handling associated with construction work has been done away with and anyone with the right attitude can work in the industry. And with all the activity in infrastructure construction in the state, more skilled labours are needed over the coming years.  Read more at

It’s important to note that before beginning work or apprenticeships on any construction site in NSW or elsewhere in Australia, you must complete general construction safety training, more frequently referred to as The White Card. This course can be completed online, quickly and conveniently and the nationally valid White Card posted to you wherever you are in Australia. Find out more here.

Property and Infrastructure Boost Construction in May

The Ai Group and Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) indicates a rise in construction activity by 4.8 points to 56.7 points in May. This was the fourth consecutive month that we experienced a rise in activity, with any reading above the 50 point level indicating expansion.

While housing construction is slowing, engineering construction has expanded to a nine and a half year high.

In May, we experienced very high building approvals numbers, with the apartment construction boom still underway.

According to the Ai Group, the activity and new orders sub-indexes have also contributed to an upturn in employment, excellent news for anyone looking to enter this exciting and challenging industry. Start by completing a general construction induction course online here – it is mandatory for anyone in the building industry.

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Company Fined for Safety Breaches


A Vic construction firm has been fined $30,000 by the Moorabbin Magistrates Court recently over a workplace incident that left one worker severely injured.

The man fell 8 metres through unsecured  metal sheeting on 22 July 2014.

The company failed to provide or maintain a safe working environment and failed to provide a safe system of work. The company pleaded guilty to 2 counts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

The injured man was working on a formwork deck and scaffold construction that had been erected over a road at the site. The man fell 8 metres to the road below while walking across an area that had been covered by metal sheeting which was unsecured and had moved out of place.

The company received a conviction to pay a fine of $30,000 and $4423 in costs.


ACT Builders Get Good News

ACT Builders are pleased that land releases have been announced for the state, which is expected to drive up construction activity n the state.


Despite the financial year starting off slowly in the state, new land releases are projected to push the ACT’s construction industry forward.

The ACT Master Builders Association’s deputy director Michael Hopkins said they expect growth in building activity over the next six months to a year, following 4 months of fairly strong housing approvals.

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Slow-down in Construction – HIA

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The end of the mining investment boom is continuing to hit the industry hard, according to the Australian Industry Group.

The latest HIA Performance of Construction Index indicates that the industry is in contraction, with engineering construction the worst performer. Residential construction across Australia remains high.

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