Industry and Employers

By attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, your business will maintain a sustainable, productive, and happy workforce for decades to come.

Beth working in the tunnels of the new Sydney Metro Place Station. She is with two other workers. They are all standing on a cherry picker with their back to the camera.
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The NSW Government is taking active steps to make the construction industry a more diverse, inclusive and safe workplace for women.  

As part of the FY22-23 Budget, the NSW Government announced an investment of $20.2 million over three years to attract more women into the construction industry, setting an ambitious goal of women occupying 15 per cent of trade and non-traditional roles by 2030. 

To achieve this vision, the NSW Government has developed the Women in Construction strategy. 
 

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Employers

The NSW Government supports industry-driven diversity and workforce development solutions and recognises that industry needs to be at the centre of initiatives that aim to improve gender diversity in the construction sector.

Discover a range of tools and resources


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Industry Innovation Program 

The Women in Construction Industry Innovation Program (IIP) is one of the initiatives that has been created to achieve the NSW Government’s goal and deliver projects that align with the Strategy.  
 
The Industry Innovation Program provides grant funding for eligible NSW construction organisations to support industry initiatives that will encourage female participation in the construction industry throughout the supply chain by: 

  • Creating inclusive workplace cultures, including by improving employee wellbeing and supporting flexible working arrangements; 
  • Increasing the number of women entering and staying in the industry; and  
  • Supporting female leadership and female employees. 

The Program will allocate up to $10 million in funding through 2025. The funding available for this first round (year 1) of the Program is up to $5 million. Eligible NSW construction organisations can apply for up to $300,000 under the first round of the Program. 

Applications close 2:00pm on Wednesday 15 March 2023

Read the program guidelines (PDF 396.46KB)

Read the Industry Innovation Program FAQs
Apply for the Industry Innovation Program

Learn more about the program

Join us for an online Industry Information Session at 1pm on Wednesday 8 February 2023. 

Register to attend the Industry Innovation Program information session here.

The session will provide a detailed overview of the IIP and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the project team. 

Alice works as a Graduate Site Engineer at the Randwick Campus Redevelopment. She started her career in the construction industry by studying Civil Engineering and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. We asked Alice questions about her pathway into the construction industry and experiences working on site.

Jessica works as a Project Engineer at the Randwick Campus Redevelopment. She started her career in the construction industry by studying Civil Engineering with Honours at the University of Wollongong. We asked Jessica questions about her pathway into the construction industry and experiences working on site.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the construction industry on this page.

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