Currently we have established collaboration with construction companies, industry bodies, and other universities. Many events and activities, as well as innovative projects are on the way.


Below is a list of organisations that we have collaboration with:

  • ADCO
  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
  • BESIX Watpac
  • John Holland
  • Lendlease
  • Mirvac
  • Multiplex
  • Roberts Co
  • Taylor Construction


We organise workshops for female high school students, school career adviser, parents and also the wider community. Through these workshops, the participants will interact with UNSW staff and students, and construction practitioners, and be equipped with all the information related to the construction study and roles. Please contact us if you are interested to have a workshop/presentation at your school.

03 May 2023-Workshop

Dr Cynthia Wang attended Multiplex Jump Start Careers Day on 3 May 2023 at the Head Office of Multiplex. She introduced various degrees, including Construction Management and Property, offered by UNSW Built Environment to Year 10-12 high school female students and answered their questions.

14 June 2023-Workshop

Watpac organised 30 high-school girls from Oxford Falls Grammar, Marrickville High school and Pymble Ladies College for a site visit at their Barangaroo site on 14 June 2023. Dr Cynthia Wang attended the site visit and gave a presentation on the Women in Construction project.

27 July 2023-Workshop

UNSW and Australian Institute of Building (AIB) gave a presentation about Women in Construction to Sydney Girls High School on 27 July 2023. The presentation showed to female high school students that there are different career pathways for them to build a successful career in the Australian construction industry.

6-8 Nov 2023 Cairns Workshops

As part of this project, and in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, 106 high school girls from 5 high schools participated in 5 half-day career workshops which included VR Construction Site Tour experience, networking with industry representatives and industry panel discussion. Students also had the opportunity for small group or one-on-one conversation with the industry representatives before and after the facilitated panel discussion. The panel discussion covered topics on construction career options, challenges, study options and work opportunities.

21 Nov 2023 Girls in Construction-Queensland

As part of this project, and in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and Australian Institute of Building, 12 high school girls participated in a 1-day program to build sheds at QUT Garden Point campus.

The program provides girls and teachers information on the built environment and the careers available in construction. The students were given the opportunity to hear from a broad range of professionals during a panel session, experienced a Virtual Construction Site Tour and built 2 sheds.

27 Nov 2023-1 Dec 2023 Girls in Construction-Sydney

As part of this project, and in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Building and TAFE New South Wales, 20 high school girls participated in a 5-day program to build a shed at UNSW’s Kensington Campus. The completed construction was then donated to the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The students learnt different processes, including design, procurement, people management, work health and safety, and construction. We hope the participants will feel empowered to take up careers in the traditionally male dominated construction industry. From engineer to project manager to estimator, to roles considering sustainability or work health and safety, there are many ways women can build successful careers in construction.


“Women in Construction” forums, seminars and lecturers, are given by female construction practitioners. These events are usually followed by networking events.

02 November 2022-Forum

Ms Alison Mirams, CEO of Roberts Co, was invited by the School of Built Environment to present an UTZON Lecture titled “Shaking up the Construction Industry”. In the lecture, Alison shared the strategies she has been implementing in Roberts Co to fix and advance the industry for the benefit of both men and women. 

17 March 2023-Forum

Industry professionals from BESIX Watpac shared their experience to students enrolled in the BLDG1013 Introduction to Construction Management and Property course. Ms Chelsea Warren (People Advisor) and Ms Fay Crawford (Senior Project Engineer) shared their industry experience, career progressions, and Watpac’s culture which celebrates diversity, promotes equality, and empowers women to reach their full potential.

26 October 2023-Forum

We have an event in Oct 2023, the topic is increasing women in leadership role workshop and networking event. The purpose of the event is to discuss specific training or upskilling required by women in the construction industry to progress to leadership level. This event was organised by ACED ((15) ACED - Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Development: Overview | LinkedIn) and was sponsored by UNSW Women in Construction project.


Please see the funding and scholarship page for training fund opportunities. Go to the application link for applying the funding.

May-June 2023-Training

38 women joined the leadership training organised by The Leadership Institute between May and June 2023.