Is Construction’s Culture Repelling Women

In a recent report it was revealed that the construction industry’s masculine culture and underlying sexual harassment is forcing women out of the industry, even if they love their work.

The report found that the completion rate for females in apprenticeships has dropped, comparatively 15 per cent lower than men over the past 5 years, despite more women taking up apprenticeships in carpentry and electrical.

The masculine culture of the industry has been identified as the greatest  obstacle to women in the industry. Women want to do the work but the culture is forcing them to leave.

The report also revealed that female participation in the industry was higher in 1987 that it has been in most year since.

Women in the industry commonly felt uncomfortable and disrespected by the masculine language and view of them on the worksite.

The study’s sponsors said we shouldn’t tolerate this on worksites and called on construction sites, every community, leaders and managers to stand up and call out unacceptable behaviour on sites.


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.

Gender Equality on The Construction Site

An interesting article recently highlighted what we need to increase the number of women in this male dominated industry.

If we are to see a change in the number of females in this industry we need to challenge working conditions for men.

Even remote mining jobs attract more women than the wide range of well paying construction industry jobs which is why construction is Australia’s last frontier.

Construction is Australia’s most male dominated field with only 12 per cent of the workforce compromising of women. Professional positions are only 14 per cent female but in trades there are less than 2 per cent females.

During the study that the article was based upon, the construction industry has entrenched expectations of long working hours and weekend work. There is also a demand to get ahead of schedule and a culture of shaming those who didn’t “live to work”.

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Is Thuggery Scaring Women Off from Construction?


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined with other politicians calling for the reinstatement of the construction industry watchdog, The Australian Building and Construction Commission to return the rule of law to the industry, a move he says will help attract more women to the industry.

The Prime Minister says union thuggery is partly to blame for the shortage of female workers on construction sites.

He was speaking in Beenleigh, south of Brisbane at the launch of a Master Builder’s program to attract more women to the industry.

The PM said the initiative ‘Advancing Women in Building and Construction Program’ , would help women get into the male dominated construction industry and help highlight other concerns plaguing the industry such as bullying and thuggery. Read more at