July 28, 2014


A message from our National President, Jane Bateson

This month I have been reflecting of the amount and rate of change in our industry and wondering why change seems to have such a bad reputation yet it is vital for our future and is “the only thing that has brought progress” (Kettering). Despite best intentions when people have had a heart attack and are advised that they need to change their diet, exercise routine etc., only about 10% make the necessary changes. Change data also show us that about 15% of projects that involve a major change succeed. I am not sure what is more concerning, the statistics, that they are well known or that they may not change. Does this mean as an industry we accept them? I hope not.

NAWIC as an organisation is committed to providing value to our members, supporters and sponsors. This means as we develop our strategic plan we will need to celebrate what we do well, and make some necessary changes to ensure that we continue build an industry that our members are proud to be associated with and thrive within.

A recent change lead by our new CEO was to improve the efficiency of our organisation and your experience in dealing with us as a member. This has been enabled by our new office in Melbourne. Stay tuned as more is to come.

This month I again encourage you to renew your membership, get involved in NAWIC and to let us know via our CEO what you would like NAWIC to stand for.

A message from our CEO (Laurice Temple) and State Chapter Presidents

Over the past four months we’ve communicated about how we are putting together a new strategic plan and making changes to the organisation to enable us to bring our members, sponsors/partners and the industry greater value-adds and benefits.

I am very excited to announce that the first of our changes have been made!  After several months of hard work behind the scenes, we now have a newly established NAWIC office in Melbourne.  Please note the details are on the NAWIC website under “contact us”:

NAWIC office up and running!
Free call: 1800 767 977
Ph: +61 3 9895 4455
Fax: +61 3 9898 0249

Mail Address: PO Box 193, Surrey Hills VIC 3127

Strategic Planning
We have been taking a lot of time to connect with and speak with our sponsors and members about what they want in an association.  Common themes are, “leadership”, “culture”, “connectivity”, and wanting to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Women in Leadership
NAWIC welcomes the appointment of Ms Kirstin Ferguson to the Leighton Holdings board. This is another step in the right direction to having more women in Australia’s boardrooms, especially in the construction industry. However, Australia’s boardrooms still have a little further to go and NAWIC look forward to being a part of helping feed the succession planning pipeline for our industry!

Reflections from Hayley McBride who has recently joined the NAWIC Board

When I look back over the past six years, I couldn't have imagined the passion, drive, enthusiasm and commitment from women in the construction industry. I have worked alongside so many amazing and talented women and it has been an absolute privilege to lead the WA NAWIC chapter over this period. We have all strived for excellence and it has been an absolute honour to see improvements made for women in our industry and no more thrilling then to see the results at the Awards for Excellence.

As I step aside as the WA Chapter President, I will continue to work tirelessly with each of you as I move into a Director capacity. Thank you to each and every one of you for the support you have given me over the past six years and I look forward to seeing what NAWIC achieves in the near future. Hayley McBride - outgoing WA President


Membership Renewals

NAWIC Memberships were due at the end of June. 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.

Social Media Corner

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ACT Chapter Events

Monthly ACT Girls Gather – 31st July

Girls Gather attendance continues to grow on the last Thursday of every month.
The ACT Chapter meets monthly to network with like-minded women, share experiences and offer support. Come along and enjoy an evening of networking and conversation.

When: Thursday, 31st July 2014 | Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: The Duxton, O’Connor Shop
Tickets: FREE

ACT Chapter Awards Night

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 25 September 2014

NSW Chapter Events

The annual Archibald Prize breakfast at the AGNSW on August 30 has already sold out with over 100 keen art buffs registering to attend. Huge thanks goes to CBP who are event sponsors

Stockland is hosting a Breakfast Series event on 6th August 2014 the topic is Innovation in Design and will focus on Connecting the Customer and the Shareholder through innovative, sustainable design that creates unique community experiences and long term asset and community value.

The pinnacle on the events calendar, The Awards for Excellence is fast approaching with submissions closed last week. Please show your support for the amazing achievements of woman in the construction industry whilst celebrating with your industry peers, book a table at, tables are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sarah Hogan - NSW President

NAWIC NSW: Social Media 101

Are you interested in this thing called "Social Media" but you're not sure where to start?

In this 'Learning tools and skills for networking in the modern age' workshop we will take a closer look at three popular tools; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to examine:

  • the user interface
  • functionality and capabilities
  • rules of thumb
  • frequently asked questions about that tool

Come and learn the basics of social media in a fun and friendly environment.

When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
 Taylor Construction Group - Level 13, 157 Walker Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Tickets: Members $20, Non Members $40, Students $15

Secure your tickets online now

NAWIC NSW: Breakfast Series - Innovation in Design

Innovation in Design: Creating Community Value

Please join us in a discussion with key thought leaders and professionals in the field of Design and Community Development. Leading industry case studies will be presented, followed by a moderated panel that will identify the key commercial, design and social sustainability factors at play in creating community value.

Speakers include:

  • Jane Lloyd, General Manager Development & Design Commercial Property - Stockland
  • Lauren Cassar, National Community Development Manager - Stockland
  • Sue Wiblin, National Manager of Community Engagement - The GPT Group

Panel includes:

  • Lucy Turnbull AO, Chair - Committee for Sydney
  • Annie Tennant, Design Operations Manager - Lend Lease Corporation

: Wednesday 6th August 2014
Time: 7.30am for an 8am start. Concludes at 9.30am
 Stockland Sydney Office - Level 25, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Tickets: Members $40, Non-members $60

For more information & to secure your tickets please visit our website

NAWIC NSW: 2014 Awards for Excellence

The NSW Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in the construction industry and we encourage members to attend. Please join us at our Awards Presentation Night.

When: Thursday 21 August 2014 | Venue: The Star, Sydney|
Tickets: $280 Individual Member, $300 Individual Non-Member, $3,000 Table of 10

Please secure your tickets online now

QLD/NT Chapter Events

We haven’t started counting sleeps yet but it is less than four weeks away from the Queensland and NT Crystal Vision Awards. With a staggering 55 Queensland and NT nominees across 12 categories, the event is going to be huge! It is one event you don’t want to miss so grab your ticket today at

We need your support
With tickets selling for the Queensland and NT awards, NAWIC is still looking for organisations to support the awards through sponsorship. We have an award category sponsorship available, providing the opportunity for an organisation to have naming rights to the award, free tickets to the awards night, and a proactive publicity approach to enhance the organisation’s involvement in the awards.

If you or your organisation would like to the support the awards this year in either Brisbane or Darwin, please contact the awards team via There are only a couple of sponsorship and supporter packages available so contact us today to reserve your support.

Development series
The NAWIC Qld/NT team are busy finalising the details for two development series workshops over the coming months. Hosted by a leading female coach, these seminars will provide attendees with expert advice on growing your skills, career and opportunities. Don’t forget, there are monthly events where members and friends are encouraged to attend. Details are on the events pages at the NAWIC website.

Ichthys Project Onshore LNG Site Tour – Darwin event

This is one site tour the NT industry does not want to miss! Join the NAWIC NT team for a unique behind the scenes chance to see the Ichthys Project Onshore LNG facilities.

When: Thursday 31 July 2014 | Time: 8:45am to 12:00pm |
: Depart from The Esplanade (coach transfer provided by INPEX)
Tickets: Members $20; Non-Members $30

RSVP is essential. Visit the NAWIC website to secure your spot today

Crystal Vision Awards – Brisbane event

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD/NT will host its annual Crystal Vision Awards on Friday, 15 August 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to showcase the achievements and industry advancements of Queensland and Northern Territorian women in construction.

Tickets to this prestigious awards night also include a mouth-watering three course dinner accompanied by a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks throughout the entire evening as well as fantastic entertainment music and dancing.

When: Friday 15 August
Time: 6:30pm
: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
Dress: High glamour - lounge suit - cocktail - evening wear

Tickets: $160 for members, $200 for non-members, $95 for full time students or apprentices,
$1,550 member corporate groups of 10 must include at least 4 members at the table
$1,800 non-member corporate groups of 10

Book your ticket online today

Crystal Vision Awards – Darwin event

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD/NT will host its annual Crystal Vision Awards on Friday, 15 August 2014 at the Darwin Turf Club to showcase the achievements and industry advancements of Queensland and Northern Territorian women in construction.

Tickets to this prestigious awards night also include a mouth-watering three course dinner accompanied by a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks throughout the entire evening as well as fantastic entertainment music. With a live feed between Darwin and Brisbane to view the celebrations and to congratulate the winners.

When: Friday 15 August | Time: 6:30pm | Venue: Darwin Turf Club - Buntine Drive, Fannie Bay, NT

Dress: High glamour - lounge suit - cocktail - evening wear

Tickets: $100 for members, $120 for non-members, $60 for full time students or apprentices

Book your ticket online today

VIC/TAS Chapter Events


A triple dose of inspiration to transform your winter rut and motivate change. NAWIC, in collaboration with Construction Students Association, University of Melbourne, presents three diverse and engaging speakers who will challenge the way you think and provide you strategies to invest in your own future.

Carolyn Tate, Carolyn Tate & Co.
Carolyn Tate is a business owner, author, speaker, educator and founder of The Slow School of Business. She is also the Victorian Community Leader for Conscious Capitalism Australia - a movement dedicated to inspiring Australian businesses to put purpose before profit. She's published two marketing books and is currently writing her third Conscious Marketing.
Carolyn’s latest book, Unstuck in Provence, is a personal account of her courage to start over, the theme of which will be the catalyst for an intimate and interactive exploration into the idea of courage and how it can lead to a wholehearted life.

Rasika Mohan, EWB Australia
Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a not-for-profit organisation with almost 10 years’ experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering all over the world.
Rasika Mohan, EWB’s Director of Development Partnerships will be joining us to share her stories from the field. This session will provide valuable insight into the role of humanitarian engineering in developing communities around the globe.

Josh Pennell, OzPlan Financial Services
Josh Pennell is a Director of OzPlan Financial Services & the Head of Financial Planning at MB + M Business Solutions. Josh is a Certified Financial Planner with over 11 years experience in the financial planning industry.
Josh is passionate about helping people achieve their lifestyle & financial goals. By the end of this session, audiences will leave with a clearer understanding of how to plan, protect, manage and grow their wealth to reach their lifestyle and financial goals.

When: Thursday 28th August 2014 |  Time: 6pm to 9pm
Venue: The University of Melbourne - Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room – Sidney Myer Asia Centre, 761 Swanston Street, Parkville VIC 3052
Tickets: Member: $50, Non-Member $80, Students: $30, Group Bookings of 5 people: $200
Contact: Cana Loh - or 0411 333 322 or Belinda Hewitt - 

Please purchase tickets through the NAWIC website

NAWIC VIC 2014 Awards for Excellence Dinner

Nominations are now closed so join us for the 2014 Awards for Excellence Awards Dinner for VIC & TAS Chapters.

When: Friday 24th October 2014 | Venue: Savoy Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Melbourne - 123 Collins Street, Melbourne |

Tickets: Individual Registration $185.00 & Table Registration for 10 People $1,750.00

If you have any questions, please contact Genevieve Tessier on 0403 596 776 Catriona Smith on 0447 010 750

There are still some opportunities for sponsorship and if you are interested please contact Amanda on 0407 527 522

Secure your tickets online now

CEO Shadow Program

The CEO Shadow program offers NAWIC members the chance to spend a day with an industry senior manager or business leader. This unique opportunity aims at providing participants insight into the day to day tasks of executive management. By providing participants with such insight, the program aims to inspire members to take the next step in their career progression.

More information and applications will be released shortly. Opened to Members Only so sign up now.

WA Chapter Events

Chapter Elections & Networking Event

It's Election time in Western Australia!

Join us to vote for the 2014/15 Committee followed by networking.

Drinks and pizza provided!

When: Thursday, 31st July 2014 | Time 5.30pm till late| Venue: Lalla Rookh - 77 St George’s Terrace, Perth |
Tickets: Free, let us know your coming by booking online

To nominate someone please complete form online & return it to by Thursday 24th July 2014 at 12pm.

SA Chapter Events

The end of financial year event was timed perfectly for a celebration and to introduce the newly formed SA Chapter Council. The new Chapter President Anastasia Koutsamanis introduced Laurice Temple who provided attendees with an exciting overview of NAWIC's aspirations and future directives for the year ahead. Council members and Laurice had the pleasure of networking with NAWIC members and industry contacts. We felt encouraged by several attendees who communicated it was their first time attending a NAWIC event. There was a relaxed atmosphere to the evening where the council took the opportunity to distribute feedback sheets asking our members and attendees how we can improve our service and continue to strengthen NAWIC's presence in the SA construction industry.

Building on the success of the EOFY event the SA Chapter will host an Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) Project Site Tour on September 9th at 3:30pm followed by refreshments at Regatta's Bistro. The ACC Project is currently one of Adelaide's major projects and is a significant component in the redevelopment of the city's Riverbank precinct. SA Chapter member and Woods Bagot Associate Kate Russo is a member of the design team who will host the tour with managing contractor Lend Lease. Full PPE will be required to attend the site. The Chapter is looking forward to reconnecting and welcomes all local industry members to join us on the tour. Tickets for this event will be available shortly so please check the website regularly for details.

Anastasia Koutsamanis - SA Chapter President


The National Association of Women in Construction
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