Construction Industry Culture Taskforce (CICT): Work Hour Cultures for Health, Wellbeing and Gender Equality in Construction (2022-2023)

Summary

The Construction Industry Culture Taskforce (CICT) is leading an initiative to address the culture challenges impacting industry arising from excessive work hours and fatigue, poor mental health, and failure to attract a diverse workforce. The initiative is comprised of 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.

Between 2018 and 2020, the CICT developed a draft Culture Standard. The Standard underwent a widespread industry consultation process in 2021 and will be implemented in pilot construction projects in 2022.

In 2021 RMIT completed a literature review which evaluates the available research exploring these industry-wide issues (this review can be accessed here).

In 2022, RMIT has been funded to:

  • Review a set of construction projects which have implemented alternative working time arrangements to explore the potential impacts on project performance and productivity (adherence to program, health and safety and quality indicators).
  • Seek feedback from key construction industry stakeholders to explore the problem of long work hours in construction, efforts to remedy them, including reduced work hour interventions and trials, who is responsible to act, and who should bear any costs.

The Culture Standard will be finalised following the evaluation. RMIT has partnered with ANU, UNSW, and the University of Tasmania in this research project. More information on the project can be found here:

https://cultureinconstruction.com.au/

Team

  • Helen Lingard
  • Michelle Turner
  • Sara Charlesworth
  • James Harley
  • Natalie Galea (University of New South Wales)
  • Lyndall Strazdins (Australian National University)
  • Christine LaBond (Australian National University)
  • Philip Bohle (University of Tasmania)

Partners

Construction Industry Leadership Forum

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.