Skip to content
Government NSW


Office of the NSW Building Commissioner 2 mins read

The NSW Government is seeking feedback to make the construction industry a better place to work for women, with only 13 per cent currently working in the industry and around two percent of women working in a trade role.


All sections of the community and the building and construction industry are invited to share their views through a Women in Construction survey.


Now open on the NSW Government Have Your Say website, the survey seeks to understand the barriers women face in entering, working and staying in the construction industry.


The NSW Government is working towards increasing participation of women in trade and non-traditional roles to improve the gender balance in the construction industry. This will help address critical supply and skills shortages to help deliver the demand for construction activity and housing supply in NSW.


The survey for the Office of the Building Commissioner will provide key insights into the experiences of women in the industry including job satisfaction, culture, attitudes and practices regarding recruitment and training, and reasons why they are leaving the industry.


It also seeks to understand the experience of their employers, particularly small businesses employing 20 or fewer people, and what can be done to increase participation across all roles.


The survey is open until 26 September 2023. The survey’s findings will be available on the NSW Government website in coming months.


To have your say, and to find out other ways to get involved, visit:          



Quotes to be attributed to NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler:


“This ‘Have Your Say Women in Construction’ survey is the largest of its kind in New South Wales about this shortfall.


“It will be key in outlining how we can address the construction skills shortage, which is impacting the ability to build new housing and infrastructure.


“It aims to better understand peoples’ experiences and to find ways to improve the construction industry and make it more appealing to women and men, especially in small and medium businesses that make up 80 per cent of the construction industry.


“It will help identify ways to increase the participation and retention of women and men across NSW in the construction industry, delivering the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive industry which increases innovation, improves productivity, and leads to stronger economic performance.


“I encourage the community and industry to take part in this important survey. Whether you work in construction or not, your voice matters. Making the construction industry open to everyone can help bring more people into jobs and deliver the demand for construction activity and housing supply in NSW.”

Contact details:

0425 310 297

More from this category

  • Government NSW, Legal
  • 19/06/2024
  • 15:49
Law Society of NSW

NSW solicitors welcome new judicial appointments

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 NSW solicitors welcome new judicial appointments The Law Society of NSW welcomes the appointments of two richly experienced and talented…

  • Contains:
  • Government NSW, Youth
  • 19/06/2024
  • 10:33
Monash University

Monash expert: Young people left out of the NSW state budget

A Monash University expert is available to comment on the New South Wales state budget, which was delivered by Treasurer Daniel Mookhey on Tuesday. Similar to the Victorian budget last month, young people have been shortchanged on key funding announcements. Professor Lucas Walsh, Director of the Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education PracticeContact details: +61 468 854 755 or lucas.walsh@monash.eduRead more of Professor Walsh’s commentary at Monash Lens The following can be attributed to Professor Walsh: “The good news is that regional schools will be upgraded and an additional $86.9m will extend programs for young people at risk of…

  • Government NSW
  • 19/06/2024
  • 08:46
Primary Care Business Council

PCBC calls out the NSW Budget as a bad day for General Practice

The Primary Care Business Council (PCBC) said yesterday’s NSW Budget falls far short of supporting the needs of primary care in the state. While the PCBC welcomes the retrospective amnesty to payroll tax on GPs, the group said that Government’s Bulk Billing Support Initiative will be ineffective in preserving bulk billing. “The Government’s intention of the Bulk Billing Support Initiative will not play out in reality,” PCBC Chair, Dr Ged Foley said. “The vast majority of NSW practices will still be in the crosshairs come September. The PCBC implores the NSW Government to come back to the table on the…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.