Please participate in an important research on COVID and it’s impact on our working lives


The Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) have commissioned a report by the University of Queensland (UQ) on the gendered impact of Covid on careers, and are inviting executives from our membership to complete the study. The report will outline the impact of COVID-19 on men and women’s ongoing working lives. It will also assist in providing recommendations to organisations, and policy suggestions to state and federal government as we emerge from the pandemic.

2:00 - 3:00 PM AEDT

Zoom meeting

  • NAWO
  • AGEC

The first part of the study is complete and involved a survey of 2000 men and women shortly after the national lockdown in 2020. It will probably not come as a surprise that the survey identified that women’s domestic workload increased dramatically, with women with children spending an additional three hours per day on care and domestic duties. This is on top of an already disproportional domestic workload between working men and women. Likewise, women reported greater levels of stress than men due to the impact of Covid on their working lives.

Since the survey was undertaken, some states have experienced lockdowns to a dramatically greater extent than others, and some industries have felt the effects of lockdowns more than others.

We need your help

AGEC and NAWIC are expanding the study through gaining a deeper understanding of the lived experience of Covid on women in different industry sectors, and are inviting NAWO members to participate in separate focus groups to discuss their experiences with the UQ research team.

We are seeking five senior member executives from the following sectors to participate:

  • Transport, Warehousing, Postal and Logistics: Tuesday 26th October, 2:00 – 3:00pm AEDT
  • Mining: Wednesday 27th October, 2 – 3pm AEDT
  • Other industries: Friday 29th October, 2:00 – 3:00pm AEDT
  • Manufacturing: Thursday 4th November, 2:00 – 3:00pm AEDT

Participation involves taking part in a 60 minute focus group via Zoom. Please find links here to the questions you will be asked and an information sheet detailing what participation in the study will involve.

To register your interest to participate, NAWO will review your registration and we will contact you via a meeting request to confirm your place.

While endorsed by NAWIC and AGEC, this study is being conducted independently by researchers at the University of Queensland and will be conducted in accordance with their research ethics protocols. The recording of the focus group sessions will be provided to AGEC and UQ. A report of the findings will be provided to all participants on request and will also be uploaded to