NAWIC September National Broadcast



September 18, 2014


A message from our National Leadership

What does your future look like? If we had a crystal ball we would know how to answer that question but we don’t. I believe our future looks like what we think about AND what actions we put back into making the changes to influence the future. For instance, if all of us did nothing then in fact the future would look the same. But life is about change and the future looks like what we collectively shape it into. Can you imagine what our lives would look like right now if Einstein, Steve Jobs, or Aristotle didn’t think about the future? I know - No iDevices, which is almost unfathomable...almost as weird as it might have been 5 years ago to speak about the profound impact the iDevices have had on our society!

So that begs the question of what do you want for the future of the industry? What do you want for your future? Imagine yourself in 10 years and reflecting back on this blog and thinking about what you wished for your future. Mine might look like this:

1. Fatality and Injury Free workplace – imagine sitting there thinking how we’re going onto several consecutive years with no fatalities or injuries (including suicides and mental health related stresses). Can you imagine? (Did you know that Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th October and that World Mental Health Day is marked every year on the same date: 10th of October? Our action in helping shape the future: a commitment from all the NAWIC chapter councils to include safety discussions at their team meetings at work and at NAWIC on this subject during Mental Heath week.)

NAWIC Value: Safety and Wellbeing and Courage.

2. Pay gap – imagine in the near future not discussing pay gaps based on gender. Full stop. Perhaps we will look back and think how completely odd it even sounds?!  (Did you know that NAWIC are official Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Support Champions and will be joining other leaders around the country on 30 September to help launch the Gender Equality campaign?)

NAWIC Value: Courage

3. Leadership – looking around and seeing a diverse group of leaders in Australia that are authentic and who lead by example (behaviours) and hold their leaders to account in accordance to their company values. (Did you know that NAWIC is in the midst of collaborating with others to help the future leaders of tomorrow be the best they can be?)

NAWIC Values: Courage, Integrity, Inclusion, Resilience

4. Performance – that Australia is touted as a top performer in the construction and related industries and are known to have been on a journey that included thinking “outside the box” for a more efficient and effective way to do business that takes into consideration and drives a safety and wellbeing culture, is agile and flexible working environment which attracts the best talent and drives the best performance. (did you know that NAWIC is partnering with others to not only drive better performance by thinking differently?)

NAWIC Values: Empowerment, Integrity, Courage

Are you cynical as you read through what our future may look like? I’m not. Why? Because the changes that NAWIC are putting as a part of their membership offer includes addressing all of the above. We are working to Build a Better future are actively working on all of these items as a part of our overall strategic plan. We will start to communicate the detail of the changes next month! 

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

Leadership Team - Anastasia Koutsamanis, SA Chapter President

Every year around this time with Christmas fast approaching we all seem to ask ourselves - where has the year has gone? For me this question triggers a reflection on a personal level, as I consider my year’s achievements. So far, this has been a year of new beginnings professionally. The timing of taking on the NAWIC SA Chapter President role has contributed to the new experiences I have been fortunate to have been met with this year. Having adjusted my focus away from a role as a commercial Interior Designer, and moving into a client side Project Manager role, I have gained a broader understanding of the industry whilst further expanding my professional network.

NAWIC has contributed to the expansion of my professional circle. The NAWIC SA Chapter Committee have enjoyed facilitating this year’s events welcoming back the familiar faces of our members and meeting those who are new to NAWIC. The Committee is aiming to continue to provide a platform through NAWIC events where women who are actively involved in the various areas of the local construction industry can meet and socialise in a relaxed setting. As a collective we are also promoting NAWIC as an inclusive organisation welcome to all members of the industry.

In the last four years a portion of the local construction industry has been involved in Adelaide’s major projects Adelaide Oval, SAHMRI, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and Adelaide Convention Centre or a series of other significant projects being built throughout the city.

It's safe to say that these projects are dramatically changing the face of the city and how people interact with it on both a macro and micro level. Earlier this month, NAWIC SA hosted an exciting tour of the Adelaide Convention Centre Stage 1 project. To follow this event, the Committee are planning a series of upcoming events with a focus on renewal to highlight the Adelaide CBD’s recent significant projects and the individuals who have played a role in the delivery of these projects.  
We hope to see you at a NAWIC event soon.  


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.

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ACT Chapter Events

2014 Annual Awards – 9 October 2014, Grand Hall University House

Nominations are now open for the NAWIC ACT Annual Awards Night which will be held on 9 October 2014. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the webpage

Ticket sales are now open so organise your table 8-10 and purchase tickets here

Award Sponsorship

We are currently seeking sponsorship for the event so if you are interested please contact the ACT Chapter President Lisa Dart

Girls Gather

Girls Gather is the quirky name for our monthly networking sessions. All members and colleagues are welcome to attend this informal opportunity to meet and connect with new and old peers and colleagues.

Are held at the Duxton in O’Connor at 6pm on the last Thursday of every month. Watch our webpage and Facebook page for upcoming guest speakers.

Even though these are free events, please register here for catering purposes

An Afternoon of Lawn Bowls 13 November 2014

With the Canberra frosts melting and the gorgeous blue skies hanging around for longer each day, we are organising a great afternoon of lawn bowls. We will be posting information on the webpage in the coming weeks.

Christmas Cheer

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and in the coming months the ACT Chapter Committee will be letting you know how we plan to celebrate the festive season with our Chapter members.

QLD/NT Chapter Events

NAWIC Development Series Seminar 1

Proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government

Speaker: Sonia McDonald presents on leadership and the power of mix
Date: 25 September 2014
Time: 7:00am – 9:00am
Location: Hopgood Ganim - Level 8, Waterfront Place,1 Eagle Street, Brisbane.

October: Members only movie night

November: NAWIC Development Series Seminar 2

Proudly sponsored by the Queensland Government

December: Christmas Breakfast

For tickets for all events, go to

VIC/TAS Chapter Events

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 will be released shortly with applications to be opened online. This programme is opened to Members Only.

NAWIC VIC 2014 Awards for Excellence Dinner

When: 24 October 2014
Where: Savoy Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Cost: $165 members, $145 students, $185 non-member, or $1750 for a table of 10

Register here now!

WA Chapter Events

Bribery and Corruption in the Construction Industry, Tuesday 23rd September

 You are invited to join NAWIC members and guests at an event not to be missed by anyone involved in the construction industry...

Our hosts Minter Ellison will present a seminar on the topic “The low-down on Bribery and Corruption in the Construction Sector” by one of their highly regarded construction lawyers, followed by a discussion on “Having the Courage to do the right thing” led by our CEO, Laurice Temple.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear more about NAWIC’s Wellbeing and Safety platform at this enlightening evening. Networking drinks will follow the presentation.

When: Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 | Time 5:30pm for 5:45pm start | Venue: Minter Ellison Offices, Level 4 Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace Perth |

Tickets: Free for NAWIC members and guest, numbers are limited and registration is essential.

Register here now.


The National Association of Women in Construction
PO Box 193


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