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International Women's Day 2023: Highlighting women in construction

This International Women's Day, we’re highlighting the progress so far, and programs available to women within the Queensland construction industry.

In 2022 the Queensland Government indicated that the construction industry employs 240,000 people in our state. Of these, 36,000 are women (15 per cent), just slightly higher than the national average of 12 per cent. Only 12,000 (or five per cent) of those are on site female builders.

Focusing on opportunities for women in the industry is something that should be championed, particularly as we face a future of skills shortages.

Gender diversity within the workforce can also broaden innovation opportunities, problem solving and help to create a safer working environment for all.

Mental health is the dark cloud over the industry currently, with construction workers more than six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. A higher percentage of women on job sites could be the catalyst needed to break stigma of it being ‘weak to speak’.

Master Builders supports and acknowledges the empowering of women in construction through several initiatives.


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