Culture In Construction - About Us-min

Who we are

The Construction Industry Culture Taskforce is working to improve productivity and offer a great workplace experience for employees in the construction sector.

Culture in Construction is an initiative of the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce (CICT)—comprising the Australian Constructors Association, representing the nation’s largest construction firms, the Governments of New South Wales and Victoria and Australia’s leading workplace researchers.

Since August 2018, we’ve been working to develop a new Culture Standard which will lift the productivity and performance of construction and address the major issues holding back our industry – excessive work hours and fatigue, poor mental health, and failure to attract a diverse workforce.

The CICT works alongside the Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF), a joint forum of leaders from industry and the Victorian and NSW public sectors. CILF aims to drive improved collaboration and action around procurement and delivery of major government infrastructure projects, including by addressing capability and capacity constraints.

Why we’re here

We need to support everyone who works in construction as they build our future – it’s in Australia’s interest.

Our industry has never been more important. As the third-largest industry in Australia, construction employs 1.2 million people and will need to fill an additional 105,000 jobs by 2023. Construction is critical to delivering the nearly $225 billion in investment in major public infrastructure over the next four years, and central to Australia’s economic recovery from coronavirus.

However, the industry faces challenges which are diminishing the lives of those who work in it and their families.

The work and hours of work are excessive and unhealthy, the workforce lacks diversity, and stress levels and suicide rates are amongst the highest in the country.

A better construction sector is in Australia’s interests. It is imperative that our industry adopt a new approach to ways of working that will lift our industry up, make it a more attractive place to work and make critical productivity gains to meet increasing demand for construction services.

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Our approach

We’re adopting an evidence-based approach. The Culture Standard draws upon existing data, new and original research, and a range of pilot projects which have tested improvements to workplace practices.

The Culture Standard represents a unique collaboration between the private and public sectors, working with leading academic researchers in the field including the Australian National University (ANU), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Tasmania (UTAS).

The CICT promotes a consultative and evidence-based approach. Our program of research includes:

  • Original research and review of existing research, workplace statistics and data coordinated by our academic partners.
  • Sub groups with our partners to develop content for the Culture Standard.
  • Coordination with industry members conducting relevant workplace trials and pilots.
  • Engagement with a wide range of stakeholders on the draft Culture Standard.

In addition to our research program, the CICT is undertaking wide consultation with our stakeholders to ensure this cultural shift is supported and that customers commit to buying services that meet the Culture Standard.

Hear from community leaders on how the Culture Standard will make a difference.

“By adopting a more sustainable approach to our work, we can greatly improve the lives of people working in the construction sector, while also ensuring the sector is able to deliver the nation’s infrastructure pipeline.

As an evidence-based solution, the Culture Standard will be transformative - improving the capacity and effectiveness of the industry, attracting new workers to rewarding and essential jobs, and improving diversity and retention rates.”

Jon
Jon Davies, CEO

Australian Constructors Association

"The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) welcomes innovation and reform to foster a thriving and sustainable construction industry.

As DPIE continues to plan and deliver a large pipeline of valuable infrastructure projects for the people of New South Wales, an endorsed set of cultural standards will allow us to support industry thrive by encouraging diversity, wellbeing and embedding sustainable practices.

I look forward to seeing the efforts of the taskforce take hold.”

Jim
Jim Betts, Secretary

NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment

“Safety and wellbeing is part of everything we do at Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. That’s why the development of a Culture Standard for the construction industry is such an important step.

It will help to improve the wellbeing of the 18,000 strong people working on our projects, and open new doors for a more diverse workforce to access a rich and rewarding career building the future of our State.”

Corey
Corey Hannett, Director General

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Victoria

"By adopting a more sustainable approach to our work, we can greatly improve the lives of people working in the construction sector, while also ensuring the sector is able to deliver the nation’s infrastructure pipeline.

As an evidence-based solution, the Culture Standard will be transformative - improving the capacity and effectiveness of the industry, attracting new workers to rewarding and essential jobs, and improving diversity and retention rates."

Full Statement of Support

Together, we’re driving change

Government, industry and academic partners are working together to secure the long term sustainability of construction in the national interest.

Funding Members