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Barker Ryan Stewart Named 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards Finalist

Barker Ryan Stewart are excited to announce that we have been named a 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards State Finalist in the Accelerating Women category.

The Award’s Accelerating Women category recognises small and medium-sized businesses actively challenging exclusion and inequality to create meaningful and lasting equity for women.

The category recognises businesses whose core focus is providing products or services that support and help women, or those who are challenging stereotypes, championing women, developing initiatives to support and progress women, providing career pathways, addressing the gap, and fighting for equity.

Barker Ryan Stewart are proud to have been recognised in such an important category as it closely aligns with our commitment to becoming a bigger player in the gender equality movement within our historically male dominated industry and creating more equity for women within our team.

Currently, women represent only 3% of Registered Surveyors and 16% of Engineers within our industry, which demonstrates that significant change needs to be made to increase the participation and retention of women within our industry. We see it is our collective responsibility to help close this gap and create meaningful change by encouraging more women to take up these professions as a desirable career path.

As a company, we are fully committed and passionate about diversity, inclusion, and gender equality within our organisation as we strongly believe that having a diverse and inclusive team allows us to create the best workplace possible and is a key determinant to our success.

This belief ensures that we actively explore and implement ways that we can challenge inequality and create meaningful and lasting equity for women within our team. To ensure we achieve this goal, some of the practices we currently undertake include providing flexible and tailored working arrangements, utilising inclusive hiring practices, providing career pathways to leadership positions for women and prioritising internal mobility, offering equal pay and work opportunities, and challenging stereotypes within our industry – just to name a few.

Our CEO and Director, Andrea McDonald, said “We are very proud to be announced as a Telstra Best of Business Awards Finalist in the Accelerating Women category. We have a strong vision underpinned by several future goals to help increase equity for women not only within our company but also our wider industry.”

“Understanding the motivators and barriers to entry and progression within the engineering and surveying professions is a key area to understand as well as reshaping public perception of roles within the property and infrastructure industry.”

“BRS are continually looking for ways to encourage young people to consider a career within the property and infrastructure industry and educating the wider community on how impactful and fulfilling working in our industry can be.”

We would like to congratulate all the other deserving businesses who have been recognised this year. We are proud to be among such an impressive and diverse group of Australian businesses who are accelerating women in their respective fields.

Telstra Best of Business Awards

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