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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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Rebecca Lee, Principal Social Procurement Adviser

0428 168 374

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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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The Role of ICN Victoria in the BEP

Dianne Smith - CEO, ICN Victoria 

Creation of the Building Equality Policy 

Marcelle West - Principal Industrial Relations Adviser, Industrial Relations Victoria

Policy requirements and the Available Support

Sam Edmonds - Manager, Social Procurement Assurance Manager, Department of Treasury and Finance

Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) and Implementation Guidance

Victoria Dixon, Senior Program and Policy Advisor, at Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Service Sector

ICN support on to the social procurement process

Rebecca Lee, Senior Social Procurement Adviser, ICN Victoria

Question and Answer Session with Speakers


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Dianne Smith
Chief Executive Officer
ICN Victoria

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Dianne is CEO of ICN Victoria which, supported by the Victorian Government, has been working for local industry since 1984 to increase local capability and economic growth opportunities for local industry.  


Previously, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Chief Executive, Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Dianne uses knowledge gained from over 20 years in the visitor economy, working in regional and metropolitan positions in marketing, visitor services, policy and strategy.  Other roles in the sector included Manager - Tourism Partnerships, Parks Victoria, for nine years, Executive Director, Ballarat Tourism and Marketing & Visitor Services Manager of Melbourne Zoo. She has worked in the hotel and computer industries, and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.


Dianne represented regional Victoria on the State Government’s Community Support Fund Community Advisory Panel in the late 1990s.  She was a member of Victoria University’s Vice Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) from 2016 – 2019. Dianne is currently a non-Executive Director of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board and is the Deputy Chair.

Rebecca Lee
Principal Social Procurement Adviser
ICN Victoria

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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.

Tariro Makwasha leads ICN Victoria’s Development and Customer Strategy, focusing on growth, innovation and building customer relationships and partnerships. With a focus on customer-centred growth, she connects strategy to business outcomes through data, processes and people.


Tariro has partnered with state and federal governments on economic development policies, infrastructure investment, and road safety improvement strategies, including the Local Jobs First Policy. She is passionate about inclusion and looks forward to supporting the Building Equality Policy.

Tariro Makwasha
Development and Customer Service Strategy Executive Manager
ICN Victoria

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