Habitat Women

To empower women with a positive learning experience which builds their confidence and skills in a way that leads to employment in maintenance and repairs in the building and construction industry. 

Habitat Women

To provide building maintenance services while creating quality employment outcomes for young women entering the construction industry

Habitat Women

Why this program?

Women make up only 1% of all plumbers, concreters, roof tilers, bricklayers and carpenters*.

We exist to increase female participation in the building and maintenance sectors of the construction industry. We do this by:

• Empowering women to gain access and find employment in the maintenance and repairs sector
• Partnering with value-aligned partners to repair and maintain existing housing stock
• Increasing the diversity of skills offered by women in the construction industry
• Generating an income for reinvestment into Habitat Women and Habitat for Humanity Australia’s other important programs.

*2021 ABS

How are we achieving this?

Our program operates in two parts:

1. Training program to build basic skills and confidence to be work ready
2. Work opportunity through our social enterprise maintenance and repairs service.

Why are we different?

Research has shown that the common barriers of entry for women are:

  • Lack of exposure to construction related activities
  • Construction roles aren’t marketed towards girls and women by the industry or schools
  • Difficulty getting a role in the industry without personal connections
  • Employers are reluctant to hire women in unskilled roles


Our program seeks to address these areas by providing:

  • Careers support and mentoring from industry experts
  • Ensuring women are job ready or capable to undertake further training such as apprenticeships with basic skills attainment
  • Developing employment pathways with our trainees upon completing our program, either through our social enterprise or with other employers

Why is this important?

Female participation rates in the construction industry are exceptionally low, with women making up only 11% of the total industry workforce and less than 3% of trades.

At the same time, the construction industry ranks as one of the three highest creators of economic value in Australia and is also the second largest employer.

The industry has a projected annual growth rate of 2.4% over the next five years and contributes 9% of Australia’s GDP.

Women face many barriers to employment in the building and construction industry. The physical nature of construction work is often offered as an explanation for the low level of female participation, however, the suite of tools and technologies now in common use mean that very few construction jobs, if any, require a level of physical ability outside the reach of most women in the labour force.

Instead, it is now widely acknowledged that the construction industry’s heavily masculine culture is the primary barrier to women entering the industry, with very few construction employers exercising a strong commitment to gender equality.


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