NAWIC November National Broadcast

November 28 2014

In this Issue

  • ACT Chapter Events
  • QLD/NT Chapter Events
  • SA Chapter Events
  • VIC/TAS Chapter Events
  • WA Chapter Events


A message from our National Leadership

This month we reflect on the outcomes of the G20 summit and changes in our industry in the area of gender diversity. We have seen many improvements with some companies adopting flexible working arrangements and an increased focus on diversity and inclusion.

However, gender inequality within Australia and the construction and affiliated industries is alive and well. Australia is ranked 24th in the world for closing the gender gap against the four areas of economic participation, education, health and political empowerment, behind many Nordic countries, Rwanda and the Philippines to name but a few.

There is a considerable body of work which demonstrates that companies with a higher percentage of women in top tiers of management perform better than those who do not. Furthermore there is considerable data showing that increased participation of women in the labour force will significantly improve our GDP. The G20 announcement of 25% decrease in the gender gaps by 2025 is welcomed and it is great to see our world leaders acknowledge something the women’s movement have been talking about for over 100 years – women participation and economic empowerment is good business. Why then is there still much progress to be made?

Gender inequality (in Australia) is more than an economic argument, it goes back to our entrenched social norms and model of working. As pointed out by the Male Champions of Change and Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, men currently in power invented the system and run the system, so it is up to them to change the system. The G20 announcement provides a great lever for men and women to unite to ensure that we decrease the gender gap in our industry and NAWIC builds a better future through the full participation and empowerment of women in the construction and affiliated industries.

NAWICs influence is growing. Dialogue with prominent women such as Helen Conway, Elizabeth Broderick and Quentin Bryce have provided reassurance that our influence and programs are fundamental to women’s empowerment and Australia’s economic advancement.

As we move into December we ask you to think about the legacy you want 2014 to leave and make that happen.

NAWIC’s mission is to champion and empower women in the construction and related industries to reach their potential.

*Also see below for NAWIC’s recent leadership activity in Queensland*

Leadership Team - Lisa Dart ACT Chapter President

Held on Thursday 9 October 2014 NAWIC ACT held its 5th Annual Awards night with the committee hosting a packed house at the ANU, Main Hall University House, this year we were honoured to have Ross Barrett, as our MC. Ross guided the proceedings of the evening with his usual wit and sense of humour and providing the guests with insight into the local industry of which he has been apart for over 30 years.

The night was buzzing with energy and excitement as we celebrated the amazing achievements of the women foraging careers in a fantastic industry of opportunity. The quality of nominations this year was really a testament to the strength and determination of the women we have in the Construction Industry well on the way to achieving their potential. The night also acknowledged those in the room who continue champion the opportunities, successes and career paths of the women who contribute to the prosperity of the industry.

We were honoured on the night to be joined by Minister Mick Gentlemen, the ACT Minister for WHS and ACT Minister for Planning

Thank you to all of our major and supporting sponsors. Your continued support of NAWIC and the awards is testament to your commitment of Women’s Advancement and Leadership within the Construction Industry

We thank everyone who attended and celebrated with us on the night, we look forward to seeing you again in 2015.


2015 International Women's Day Scholarship

The 2015 International Women's Day Scholarships applications will open in the coming weeks. Watch this space for more information coming soon. You must be a member of NAWIC to participate    so please sign up today if you aren’t yet a member!

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for an individual to table cutting edge research designed to improve the property and construction industry.

A fundamental goal of NAWIC’s is to be a positive instrument for change – this scholarship is a critical vehicle to achieve this objective.

The successful applicant should present robust ideas to challenge existing industry thinking and outline practical recommendations for the successful implementation of these ideas. The type of research projects submitted should focus on the current gender equity initiatives like those discussed at the G20 summit discussions, the Male Champions of Change initiative, 25 x 25, WGEA Gender Pay Gap initiatives, etc. It is intended that the research could then be introduced to the NAWIC Board. Operations, and to our partners to be able to incorporate into business practices to better the economic growth of Australia.

This scholarship is generously funded by designer furniture, lighting and accessory company,  CULT and is open to NAWIC members only.

If you have any questions, please contact NAWIC head office or 1800 767 977


As of 1 October 2014, new members can now join NAWIC for 75% of full price membership - valid until 30 July 2015.

Join here now!

If you are a Corporate Member please ensure you have sent your nominated employees list to Please ensure timely payment as to not lose out on keeping up to speed on the exciting changes coming to NAWIC and more importantly, being able to participate in the member-only activities such as the mentoring, awards, CEO Shadow program, and IWD Scholarship.


ACT Chapter Events

Lawn Bowls - postponed

Unfortunately due to a number of key industry events in the ACT clashing with the Lawn Bowls date on 13 November 2014 the Committee has voted to postpone the event until February 2015. This means that you will all be able to look forward to beginning 2015 with us at a great event and kick off the 20th anniversary celebrations. We promise the event will be bigger and better than planned and not a date to miss !!!!!!

QLD/NT Chapter Events

Christmas Breakfast

Join NAWIC QLD/NT to celebrate the end of another year and enjoy a festive morning of fun, food and fundraising.

We know that Christmas creeps up fast, so NAWIC has done the hard work for you this year with a collection of food and other stalls for those last minute Christmas gift ideas and a cupcake decorating table where you will learn how to decorate fabulously festive Christmas cupcakes to add some pizzaz to you Christmas lunch or impress your colleagues.

Guests are invited to bring along non-perishable food items for donation to Brisbane Youth Services on behalf of NAWIC.

Date: 4 December 2014
Time: 7.15am for 7.30am start to 9.00am
Location: Novotel Brisbane 200 Creek St
Members: $50 Non members: $75 Students: $35 Table 10: $500
Event Contact: Sarah Roach (
Register here now!

Women in Construction Advise on Queensland's Growth

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD/NT President Marnie Beckett, has been appointed as a key representative to Queensland’s top government construction advisory panel, the ConstructionQ Leadership Council. The involvement will enable NAWIC to strengthen its role and influence within Queensland’s building and construction industry, whilst also highlighting the important roles that women play in shaping the construction industry over the next 20 years.

Facilitated by the Department of Housing and Public Works, the ConstructionQ Leadership Council brings together representatives from the Government and the building and construction industry to discuss debate and develop a strategic 20-year blueprint to address long-term growth for Queensland’s construction industry.

"NAWIC’s involvement in the Council will ensure the industry’s women of today and tomorrow will continue to contribute to the growth of our state and our nation. We hope to see plans put in place that will ensure greater opportunities for women to be the leaders of tomorrow, achieving great success from site to the boardroom,” Ms Beckett said.

Leading Ladies Seminar Series

Proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government

Seminar 3: The Neuroscience of Resilience
12 February 2015, 7am Josie Thomson presents on how to master the power of the mind to create calm, clear thinking and perspective to inform considered decision making and drive excellence. 

Seminar 4: Making it to the top
16 April 2015, 6pm Terry Fitzsimmons draws on his PhD thesis to explain how female CEOs made it to the top.

Register here now! 

Cost per seminar: 
$20 student member $30 member $65 non-member 

Proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government

SA Chapter Events

Christmas Party

The SA Chapter of NAWIC invite you to celebrate the beginning of the festive season at our annual Christmas Party.

Drinks and canapés to be served upstairs at the Cumberland Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebration and encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend. All construction industry contacts are welcome to attend and join in the festivities!

COST: $20 NAWIC Members, $27 Non-Members
WHEN: Wednesday 10th December 2014
TIME: 6:00pm PLACE: Upstairs at 'The Cumby' (hotel) 205 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
RSVP: Monday 8th December 2014

Register here now!

VIC/TAS Chapter Events

CEO Shadow Program

NAWIC is offering its members an exciting and unique opportunity.

If you are currently in middle or senior management, and aspire to become an industry leader, then the NAWIC CEO Shadow Program has been tailored for you!

Different to other leadership programs available within the industry, this program involves a member shadowing a current industry leader (CEO, General Manager, Managing Director) and watching them in action for a full day, providing a real and genuine reflection of the role.

Open to members only, aspiring shadows are invited to apply for this program by 12 December 2014

*** Update - deadline has been extended until 12 December 2014 ***

Interviews will be held early December, and successful Shadows notified by the middle of December. Shadow Day’s will occur during February, 2015.

See the website for more information and the application form

End of Year Celebration

That festive time of year is upon us once again! Come along to celebrate another year drawing to a close at NAWIC Victoria’s last event for 2014.

We look forward to seeing you at this celebration & encourage you to invite your colleagues to join us. Please also encourage your male colleagues to attend; anyone who is passionate about building a better future in the world of building and construction is welcome at all NAWIC events.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards with you, for your chance to win our wonderful door prize. Gavin Baker of Walker Evans Baker Restaurant Group has kindly donated a $500 voucher for four people to have dinner at WEB RG’s newest venue Chiara!

When: Thursday 4 December
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Venue: Ludlow Bar and Dining, 6 Riverside Quay Southbank
RSVP: Deadline extended until 2 December
Cost: Members: $60, Non-Members: $75, Student Members: $50 Event
Contact: Elinor 0403 167 920

Register here now!

WA Chapter Events

Leadership Breakfast *Members Only*

NAWIC (WA) would like to invite you to the 2014 Leadership Breakfast. The annual Leadership Breakfast is a members only NAWIC event.

When: Friday 5 December 2014
Time: 7:15am for 7:30am start, 9:00am conclusion 
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills Boardroom, QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Terrace
Tickets: $40 members only

Buy tickets here now!


The National Association of Women in Construction
PO Box 193, Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Ph: 1800 767 977

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