Australian Constructors Association (ACA) pledges to transform the construction industry culture

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The ACA has committed to transforming Australia’s construction industry culture within five years to address gender equality and workplace flexibility.

Australia’s major construction companies have committed to significant actions to transform the industry’s culture within five years to address current workforce shortages and position the industry for the future.

Pledging to transform the industry from the bottom up, Australian Constructors Association (ACA) members set ambitious goals for gender equality and flexibility at today’s Future of Construction Summit in Melbourne.

ACA CEO Jon Davies said the pledge aims to address two significant industry issues known to impact culture.

“Starting with gender equality, we commit to 75 per cent of ACA members being certified an Employer of Choice by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) within five years,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“As the most male-dominated industry in Australia and with the widest pay gap of any, this is an ambitious target that will promote gender equality and greater diversity and inclusion,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“To further raise the bar industry-wide, the second target area is workplace flexibility,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“ACA members will mandate flexible work plans for employees on every project, both office and site roles, to address the long hours, high stress and poor work-life balance that characterises the industry,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“Whilst other international jurisdictions are moving to legislate flexible working options, ACA members are not waiting for the Australian Government to follow suit,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

With significant workforce shortages, the ACA has further pledged to rebrand the industry and attract more workers.

“Construction is a varied and exciting industry that solves complex challenges daily,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“There are opportunities for everyone, and we will lift the curtain on them and promote them,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“Today’s announcement is a bottom-up approach that does not require anything of anyone other than ACA members,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

The pledge demonstrates the ACA is taking action on matters it can control while progressing essential initiatives with the government and other industry stakeholders.

“One such initiative is the Culture Standard developed by the ACA in partnership with the governments of NSW and Victoria. Currently being tested on various Victorian and NSW projects, the initiative takes a procurement-based, top-down approach to cultural transformation,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“ACA’s pledge now puts several aspects of the Culture Standard into practice,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

“Now is the time for change, and we commit to taking the first steps,” says ACA CEO Jon Davies.

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Source: © Australian Constructors Association 2023

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