The Why

Australia is entering a lengthy process of economic recovery.  Government and private sector investment in construction and infrastructure will be central to the recovery process.

But the construction and infrastructure workforce is currently 98% male.  This means that some of Australia’s most recession-impacted women and families will miss out on the recovery. And it may mean that employers will miss out on a valuable pool of excellent, dedicated talent.

TWACF supports women of all backgrounds and life experiences into valued careers and long-term financial security.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission: We raise community awareness, educate and support women who are at risk or in vulnerable situations to transition to financial and life security through trades careers and pathways, and we connect those women to employers and others, primarily in trades-related industries.
Our Vision: We want women to be able to live free of poverty and disadvantage and are able to participate in the career and life of their choice.

Social Security

We bring women together for peer support and mentoring. Teamwork leads to success!

Improving the 2%

The Australian trades workforce has been stuck at 2% women for decades: not because of skill or commitment, but because of tradition. Let's fix this!

Community Support

TWACF collaborates with goverment, community organisations and community groups to maximise our positive impact.

Women Rights

Women have the right to pursue any career they want to and are able to. So let's support women into financial security through a trades career.

Skills Support

TWACF links with Tradeswomen Australia to map a skills pathway for a great and rewarding career

Focus on Education

We support women to link to TAFEs and other trainers to build the best skills from a successful trades career.


How We Help

TWACF aims to boost Australia’s recovery and women’s financial security by encouraging employment in trades.   We do this by:

  • Supporting vulnerable and at-risk women to transition to financial and life security through career, education and other pathways
  • Resourcing peer support groups, career and personal mentoring,
  • Providing training in resilience, engagement and careers
  • Ensuring potential employers are welcoming and inclusive
  • Connecting women to our network of employers, primarily in trades-related industries.

Who We Help

We particularly focus on women in vulnerable demographics, including:

  • Relatively recently arrived in Australia 
  • In lower-income households
  • Recovering from traumatic experiences
  • Experiencing or having experienced other hardship or adverse circumstances

Our Patron and Ambassadors

Proudly supporting Women in Trades.

Dr Susan Alberti AC
Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation Patron
Pioneer Susan Alberti AC, one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, businesswoman, role model and mentor to young women.
Kendra Heil
Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation Ambassador
AFLW player Kendra Heil from the Essendon Bombers, a painter, has joined the TWA Community Foundation team as an Ambassador.

Our Board

Committed to changing the narrative.

Janet Cribbes, Chair
Janet brings extensive leadership and community service experience.

An Active Board member to St Kilda Community Housing, Chairperson for Wellsprings for Women Inc, Former councillor and Mayor of Port Phillip Council 2004-2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Sciences.

Janet is passionate and committed to all Women’s’ issues and has worked actively to champion and advance the voice of women in work and community.
Fiona McDonald
Fiona McDonald’s career began as a light vehicle apprentice, during her apprenticeship and time working in the automotive industry she identified a lack of support, promotion and opportunities for women in trade industries.

During her apprenticeship, Fiona started a networking group for women in trades. Building relationships and establishing partnerships with business and industry, Fiona developed and implemented strategies to increase the participation of women in trades. With rounded experience, Fiona understands the opportunities of gender equity in male-dominated industries.

Fiona values workplace diversity and works with employers to help them achieve benefits such as higher employee engagement, Improved performance, Greater innovation, Retention of talent, Improved employee wellbeing and remove unlawful behaviours such as harassment and discrimination.
Jane Sydenham-Clarke
Chair of Tradeswomen Australia and CEO of Skyline Education Foundation Australia, Jane has held leadership roles including at Fed Square, Freemasons Victoria, Kidney Health Australia and Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct.

She brings a lifelong commitment to empowering women in work with widespread governance and operational senior leadership experience. Jane is committed to collaboration and communication, with a track record inspiring unprecedented business and social outcomes through innovative commercial practice.

She is driven to make a sustained positive impact for women in trades building on her contributions to Australia’s social fabric through enabling community, cultural, education, tourism and health outcomes.

Jane is a Leadership Victoria and AICD graduate, a non-executive director of Urban Camp and a mentor to emerging for purpose leaders.
Amy Wells
Amy is an engineer with private and public business experience. Skilled at growing people and business, Amy is often the foundation stone in times of change when teams and organisations are looking to scale, are scaling, or need to reshape.

With more than 20 years of operations experience working in the building, construction and manufacturing industries, Amy has supported the growth and management of national and global organisations, delivering capital projects and engaging with key industry stakeholders and the community for successful delivery.

Through her own career, mentors have made the difference between surviving or thriving in male dominated sectors. Amy is keen to enable more men to better support women, as well as grow the participation of women across these industries.
Steven Peluso
The Managing Director for Peluso Group, Board Member Master Builders Association Victoria and Board member of St Kilda Community Housing.

Steve is passionate about the Building and Construction sector specialising in insolvency/ liquidation and receivership for the construction industry both commercial and residential. Steve’s business Peluso Building Group carriers out Renovations, Extensions and new Builds to both sectors for private clients and also Aged Care.

A passionate tradesperson, Steve wants to engage more women into trades and educate communities about these financially rewarding career paths.
Erica Pegorer
An experienced Executive Director in a PJP, with a demonstrated history of working in the educational and mission leadership.

Skilled in faith bases organisations, Coaching for growth mindset, Secondary Education, Educational Consulting, and general HR including conflict resolution and recruitment.

Erica is a strong strategic development professional with a Master in Education Administration and Leadership and an almost complete Master in Theology.

She works to increase lay participation and leadership for women in the church and promotes living justice principles. Strong governance processes and expertise, Erica strives for equality in education and community.
Kate Hughes Hallett
Kate supports her clients to tender for and deliver major projects. Kate’s skills in this field are supported by a Bachelor of Civil and Environment Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Kate was formerly the Senior Market Growth Manager at national law firm, MinterEllison, and now operates her own business, a business development and tender consulting service. She applies her technical understanding with her extensive career experience developing national businesses and customer and commercial strategies for those operating in the infrastructure sector.

A recent Australian Citizen, she is passionate about building strong connected relationships to help create change, and provide opportunities for all the women who call Australia home. She applies her energy and passion to engaging the broader infrastructure and construction industry to further this change.

Why We Need To Change The Narrative

Don’t be shy, talk to us.

2% of trades roles in Australia are undertaken by women.  And yet, up to 65 of those roles are “skills in short supply”.   TWACF (with our sister organisation Tradeswomen Australia) are helping build inclusive workplaces, financial security for women, and productive, profitable enterprises.