About the Program

Launched as part of the 2020-21 State Budget, the Women Building Surveyors Program will commit $6.3 million over two years to give 40 women new opportunities to become building surveyors with councils across Victoria.

All 79 councils in Victoria are able to nominate one of their female staff members or recruit a female staff member to participate in the program.

Successful councils will receive $75,000 a year so their candidate can begin the professional qualifications, gain work experience at the council and attend development opportunities.

Program Partner

Local Government Victoria is running the Women Building Surveyors program in partnership with LGPro, councils and training providers.

Expert advice will come from the Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group (VMBSG), the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)

How to apply

Guidelines for the program are available here

To complete an online application for funding please visit: https://businessvic.secure.force.com/PublicForm?id=wbsp2020

Further Questions

If you have any further questions please contact LGV at wbsp@ecodev.vic.gov.au

We need more building surveyors to make sure construction projects aren’t held up. Every local council must have at least one, and there’s a shortage of people qualified for the position.

It’s a great opportunity for women to build a career in construction – and help deliver the facilities our thriving local communities need.

Women were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and this is a chance to find new opportunities to develop their careers. Construction is a vital part of the economy and an excellent opportunity for women to benefit from our recovery.

Councils in rural areas may wish to nominate a candidate to work across several municipalities as a shared resource.

Please ensure that your application details which councils are involved and which one council will administer the funding if successful.

It is proposed that this initiative will provide 40 subsidised positions. Successful councils will be able to nominate and start the process of training a female staff member to become a building surveyor in late January 2021.

There is a maximum amount of $150,000 for 40 successful councils over two financial years.  This is split of $75,000 per year.

If a successful candidate is not enrolled to complete the second year, the council will not receive the second $75,000 allocation.

Should a council not have an identified candidate for a February 2021 enrolment, an application should still be completed and submitted with information on the recruitment process to be undertaken.

Please note, councils that nominate existing staff members will be given preference.

Currently, the Victorian Building Authority only recognises the qualifications that are provided through Victoria University.

The VBA is working towards expanding the recognition of building surveyors that have trained with an interstate training operator.

Further information regarding this matter will be communicated as it becomes available.

Funding is primarily available for the enrolment of the successful candidate in an eligible course.

It can also be used for further professional development opportunities in building surveying, student memberships to organisations such as AIBS to access support services and information sessions, travel and accommodation costs associated with attending the building surveying courses or any other professional development activities/training, the purchase of any equipment that may be required to undertake a building surveying course and to supplement the candidate’s salary while undertaking a building surveying course.

The current Academic Course Listing for Victoria includes:

  • Building Surveyor Unlimited (Level 1)

Bachelor of Building Surveying from Victoria University – 3 Year AQF level 7 qualification

  • Building Surveyor Limited (Level 2)

Bachelor of Building Surveying from Victoria University; or a 2 Year advanced diploma of building surveying (CPC60115) from an RTO

  • Building Inspector (unlimited)

Bachelor of Building Surveying from Victoria University – 3 Year AQF level 7 qualification.

  • Building Inspector (limited)

Bachelor of Building Surveying from Victoria University; or a 2 Year advanced diploma of building surveying (CPC60115) from an RTO.

Applications will be assessed in January and applicants will be notified from by mid/late January 2021.

Page last updated: 14/12/20