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The Building Equality Policy (BEP) aims to increase the number of women working in construction, to address the gender imbalance by introducing targets and requirements for women on government-funded projects. The BEP also provides the tools to promote construction as an attractive career option for women and to improve workplace culture to be more inclusive, diverse and respectful to retain women in the industry.

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ICN Contact Details:

Rebecca Lee, Principal Social Procurement Adviser

0428 168 374

vicspteam@icnvic.org.au

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What's the Building Equality Policy (BEP)?

The BEP involves three actions to Attract | Recruit | Retain women in the construction industry:

  1. requires suppliers to meet minimum onsite targets for women, in trade covered labour, non-trade covered labour and management/supervisory roles

  2. requires at least four per cent of the contract works’ total estimated labour hours for apprentices and trainees to be performed by women.

  3. requires suppliers to develop project specific and organisation wide Gender Equality Action Plans.

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Program

Workplace culture and driving culture change

Janet Cribbes - CEO, Tradeswomen Australia

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Katherine Brewis - Chapter President,  NAWIC

The Respect Code

Randell Fuller - Building Industry Consultative Council

The Attractiveness of the construction industry in the context of retention and progression

Sarah Tozer - General Manager, Strategy & Business, John Holland

Question and answer session with speakers

Speakers

Rebecca Lee
Principal Social Procurement Adviser
ICN Victoria

Rebecca Lee is the Principal Social Procurement Adviser at ICN Victoria. Her work with ICN Victoria encompasses three years in the Local Jobs First Policy team, and she now brings this experience in policy implementation to the Social Procurement Framework.

 

Rebecca has experience in driving effective policy implementation and compliance from her previous role as Policy Compliance Team Leader. She has aspirations for social and sustainable procurement practices and looks forward to applying her background in Women and Gender studies to the Building Equality Policy program for ICN Victoria.

Janet Cribbes
Chief Executive Officer
Tradeswomen Australia

Sarah Curley 
Program Manager
Tradeswomen Australia

Tradeswomen Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works to increase female representation in the construction industry. They educate, upskill and empower women from all walks of life by encouraging them into trade pathways and connecting them to employers to help skill them up for lifelong careers.

Katherine Brewis
Chapter President 
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Katherine is the Chapter President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

 

NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1995 who champion and empower women in construction industries. Katherine has played a major part in NAWIC having volunteered with the organisation since 2010 and brings a wealth of knowledge having worked in the construction industry for many years. She is currently working as a project manager at CPB Contractors.

After several years as a Group Manager at Probuild Constructions, Randell has brought his experience to be involved in the development and delivery of the Building Equality Policy through his work with the Building Industry Consultative Council.

Jade Campbell 
 Construction Organiser
Australian Workers' Union

Jade Campbell from the Australia Workers’ Union.

 

Jade has worked in Traffic Control industry for a number of years, one of the trades that we know has had some of the best success with attracting and retaining women on the worksite. She now brings this experience to her role as a Construction Organiser for the Union.