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The civil construction sector has for many years been an almost exclusively male workforce. But in recent years the number of women involved in the civil construction sector has been on the rise. More and more employers are now actively recruiting women into the industry to achieve not just a diversity of gender, but also of skills and aptitude.

But the number of women employed within the sector remains only a small proportion of the total workforce, with men still dominating traditional civil construction roles. Civil construction is a diverse industry, and there is a surprising range of job paths available to women interested in entering the industry. There’s a growing need for Engineers, Project Managers, HR roles, Construction Lawyers, Estimators, and so on. But there is also a growing demand for Site Hands, Plant Operators and Site Supervisors.

The civil construction sector has been an enthusiastic adopter of mechanised construction equipment, such as excavators, loaders, dump trucks, graders, rollers and dozers. This has meant those entering the industry can expect to continue working for many years without it taking a toll on their health and fitness. 

The sector remains male dominated, however CCF NSW is working with industry to work towards gender diversity becoming more common throughout the industry.

The Elements

In June 2017 CCF NSW launched the CCF NSW Women in Civil Program aimed at encouraging more women to join and remain in the civil construction and maintenance industry. The Program has the backing of the NSW Government through Women NSW, TAFE NSW - the Program's Partner in Civil Training - and Roads and Maritime Services.

CCF NSW recognises we need to bring more women into the industry to combat skills and labour shortages and rising labour costs. 

By balancing gender diversity employers get highly capable workers, a calmer workplace, and access to a huge labour resource that is chronically underutilised.

There's no reason women can't perform all roles in the industry as long as they feel welcome, supported and respected.

The CCF NSW Women in Civil Program aims to do that, and it includes six elements:

  • A formal Mentoring Program for approximately 20 females
  • Facilitation of networking forums through our Virtual Community initiative (regional NSW focus).
  • Identification and heralding of female ‘champions’, including our Women in Civil Excellence Award.
  • The launch of our website which has a very deliberate focus on encouraging females to join the industry.
  • Informing both school students and parents that the civil industry can be an excellent career option for females.
  • An Employers for Women in Civil initiative, which asks employers to publicly commit to supporting women in their businesses with CCF NSW and the NSW Government. 



Championing Women in Civil

Civil industry employers joined the then New South Wales Minister for Women, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP, and CCF NSW CEO David Castledine to sign a commitment statement at a “Championing Women in Civil” function at Doltone House in Sydney on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. The commencement was a great success and remains on foot now.

The commitment sets out seven steps civil contractors agree to follow as Champions of Employers for Women in Civil. An example of the commitment statement can be found here.

The opportunity to be a Champion of Employers for Women in Civil is open to ALL employers in the industry.


Contractors can send CCF NSW an email with a jpeg or eps image of their preferred logo to include on the commitment document. The statement will then be sent to the NSW Minister's office for signature, before it is returned to the business to sign and keep.The logos must be sent to

This aspect of the CCF NSW Women in Civil Program - welcoming, supporting and respecting women - sets CCF NSW Members apart as an employer of choice. In a tough market, this is an opportunity for Members to stand out when women look to see which employers are supportive of them.

CCF NSW Members who are Champions of “Employers for Women in Civil”

Team Environment

While some people may perceive the civil construction industry as being known for its challenges, for those working in the industry it is the tight-knit, team-based working environment that keeps them motivated and engaged. And there is a genuine sense of satisfaction at the completion of the project when those involved can look and say “we built that”. How many other industry sectors have such a tangible sense of accomplishment?

A career in the civil construction industry can offer the opportunity to work on construction sites that are big or small, regional or metropolitan, and always full of surprises.

Follow this link for information on the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).