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‘Girls in Property’ paves way for greater diversity in the ACT’s Property sector


Property Council of Australia’s Girls in Property program launched today in Canberra – with the explicit goal of showing high school girls the pathways to working in the Territory’s property sector and hopes to cultivate the next generation of female property leaders.

Property Council of Australia ACT Executive Director Adina Cirson said that some 38 female Year 9 students from Melba-Copland, Kingsford Smith and UC Kaleen High Schools will take part in the 2018 ACT Girls in Property program being held on Tuesday 4 December at ‘The Link’ Ginninderry.

“With the property industry being Australia’s biggest employer, taking action to engage with tomorrow’s professionals today is an important initiative for the Property Council of Australia and the Girls in Property program supporters.

“The program will give the students an opportunity to hear first-hand from and connect with, inspirational and talented professionals in the property industry, including some of the best and brightest women working in the ACT property sector,” Ms Cirson said.

Yvette Berry, the ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, and Minister for Women opened the day with a special video message for the girls, which reaffirms the government’s commitment to continuing to encourage and offer diverse opportunities to women and girls to create an equal and inclusive community for everyone.

‘It’s important that girls get the same opportunities to fulfill their education and employment goals, particularly with regards to those sectors that remain predominantly male dominated such as the property sector. The Girls in Property program provides a really great opportunity for our high school girls to learn more about the ACT property sector and about the types of jobs that they could do when they leave school, while being inspired by a group of strong female leaders from across the ACT,’ Ms Berry said.

Ms Cirson said that as public debate circles around greater female representation in male dominated industries, it was becoming increasingly important that the Property Council of Australia’s diversity programs and initiatives aim to proactively provide direction for the next generation of female property professionals.

Delivered across a full day, the girls will learn through a hands-on experience model which includes site tours at Ginninderry and development and presentation of two special projects – to give the girls an insight into the design and build of a community and retail project based in Ginninderry.

Ginninderry is a Master planned community being developed as a joint venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Development. It will be a unique community and the first cross-border development for the ACCT and NSW which is bounded by Ginninderra Creek and the Murrumbidgee River.

Property Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Ken Morrison says highlighting strong support for emerging female professionals is pivotal to achieving gender diversity in the property industry.Property Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Ken Morrison says highlighting strong support for emerging female professionals is pivotal to achieving gender diversity in the property industry.

‘There are a thousand different jobs you can do in the property industry, often people say it’s a career they’ve fallen into – we want to make property a career of choice. It’s exciting, it’s dynamic, meaningful – you’re involved in creating communities for future generations.

‘What our Girls in Property program aims to do is raise awareness among high school students of the raft of career paths the property industry offers, Mr Morrison concluded.The program allows high school students to learn about various career opportunities, hear from property experts and make valuable connections with property industry professionals.

The Property Council of Australia hopes the Girls in Property initiative will assist more young women to choose a career in property, by showing them the full range of options that are available and how rewarding working in the property industry can be.

The full ACT Girls in Property Program for 4 December, including speaker’s can be found here.

Media interviews with participants and speakers will be available at 12.15pm at The Link - Ginninderry Information Centre, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt ACT 2615.

Media enquiries:
Adina Cirson | P 0429 579 972 | E acirson@propertycouncil.com.au