Diversity and Inclusion


Roads Australia supports a diverse, inclusive, sustainable and values-led organisation and industry.

We are committed to:

  • increasing D&I within RA by ensuring our speakers, attendees, thought-leadership and overarching values set examples for those we represent;
  • increasing D&I across industry by bringing people together to cross-promote best practice initiatives, as well as the wider social impact in transport planning and investment; and
  • improving accountability by holding ourselves and others accountable for change.


Where we can make a difference

The Roads Australia Board has convened a Diversity Sub-Committee and drafted a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to drive activites and actions in four principal areas:

Engaging and retaining women

  • Increasing female representation across RA.
  • Promoting equality including pay and flexibility across the industry.
  • Improving attractiveness of the industry to attract and retain more women.

Supporting indigenous engagement 

  • Increasing engagement with indigenous industry participants.

Promoting social enterprise programs  

  • Linking skilled refugees and migrants with employment opportunities.
  • Supporting government social procurement polices.

Fostering young talent 

  • Engage and encourage young professionals.
  • Provide mentoring opportunities.


How we'll get there

  • By bringing government and industry together to share innovative ways of thinking that results in inclusive procurement practices (beyond targets and social procurement). RA is particularly engaged with Victoria's Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and Transport for NSW and will continue to maintain frequent communication on joint D&I initiatives.
  • By bringing together other industry groups to commit to shared D&I principles, cross-promote research and successful initiatives, and influence values change as a cohesive group (including the Australian Constructors Association, Consult Australia, the National Association of Women in Infrastructure, and the Civil Contractors Federation).
  • By supporting the NSW/VC Cultural Taskforce and engaging industry to support their recommendations.
  • By using our Capacity Policy Stream to address the poor image of industry and encourage attraction and retention of diverse employees.


D&I in action at RA

As part of Roads Australia’s diversity and inclusion strategy, we are committed to actively seeking to retain women, and skilled people more broadly, in the industry.

Research indicates that a large percentage of women who leave engineering and construction to take care of children feel they struggle to return to work because of the connection lost during their leave.

To offset this, RA offers up to five complimentary parental leave seats per major industry event, encouraging those on leave to stay connected to peers and up-to-date with industry trends.

This has been hugely successful in ensuring networks aren’t lost and improving the confidence of those who have been on extended leave as they return to work.

To access these tickets, please email Rachael directly.


Our D&I Committee

  • Chair - Craig Laslett, Executive Director, Lendlease Engineering and RA Board Member
  • Deputy Chair and Advisor - Katriina Tahka, CEO, A Human Agency | A-HA!
  • Marko Misko, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and RA Board Member
  • Kelly Maslin, Vice President and Executive Director of Operations – People and Place Solutions, Delivery – New Zealand and South East Australia
  • Emma Davies, Associate - NSW & ACT Transport, Arup
  • Sarah Marshall, Operational Support, Fulton Hogan
  • Kamini Choudry, Executive GM – Roads, Broadspectrum
  • Rodney Williams, CEO CareerTrackers
  • Emerging Leaders’ Observer - Verity Williams, Highways Engineer | WA Transport & Resources, Arup and PPP Award Winner
  • Jill Boag, Project Director, CPB and Deputy Chair of RA Fellowship Committee


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