2022 NAWIC awards for excellence celebrate champions of change


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The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Awards showcase the achievements and industry advancements of women, men and organisations in the construction industry. 

Australia’s largest awards program for women in construction, the 2022 NAWIC Awards for Excellence is hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter. More than 1,200 guests gathered at the ICC Ballroom in Sydney on the 23rd February 2022 to celebrate a record 138 nominees in 13 categories.

“The NAWIC Awards for Excellence celebrate the contributions that women make to the construction industry at all career levels and in all sectors. But this year a common characteristic has emerged, and many of the recipients have made it their mission to build businesses that support diversity and inclusion,” says NAWIC Co-President, Elizabeth Brookes.

“This year we have recognised several leaders taking great strides forward to create the cultural change necessary for women to thrive in construction,” adds NAWIC Co-President, Harriet Oldmeadow.

Dominique Gill was presented with the night’s most prestigious award, the Lendlease Crystal Vision
Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry. A qualified architect and
former NAWIC Project Manager of the Year, Ms Gill established a boutique fitout and construction
company, Urban Core, to grow female representation in the construction industry.

Two new awards were added to the list for 2022: the ADCO Champion of Change and the Acoustic
Logic Regional Woman of the Year.

Stephen Surjan, Head of Operations at Roberts Co, took home the inaugural ADCO Champion of
Change award. Mr Surjan is responsible for meeting the Tier 1 builder’s 50:50 gender diversity
target and negotiated a landmark enterprise bargaining agreement with the CFMEU in 2020 which
includes a five-day working week.

Emma Muller, Founder and Managing Directror of Maliyan Horizon, was named Acoustic Logic
Regional Woman of the Year. Ms Muller established her civil engineering company to grow
employment opportunities for regional Indigenous communities.

Other winners include a plumbing apprentice who travelled the breadth of the country to land a job,
a skilled project manager working on Australia’s 1,700-kilometre Inland Rail, a team challenging
the industry to think differently about affordable housing, and a business woman overseeing the
development of the largest intergenerational campus in the southern hemisphere.


Established in 1995, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) champions and
empowers women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential. NAWIC’s
vision is an equitable industry within which women fully participate, and it values are: Courage,
Inclusion, Resilience, Integrity, Safety & Wellbeing. See: www.nawic.com.au

To view the full list of Award Recipients view the full media release here

Source: NAWIC

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