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The Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union Qld is building its Women’s network, creating the opportunity for our female demographic to have a voice and platform to speak freely and openly. We intend to continue our online meetings, giving the Union the reach and connectivity with women across the state and country. Collectively we aspire to hold at least 2 national meetings a year with the hopes to have a face-to-face conference as the attendance of our meetings increases. Thank you to the PPTEU women for their time, dedication, and openness to share and activate the need to support, encourage and listen to what matters.

What we're doing

Women in Plumbing History

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Check out the history of our PPTEU Women program.

You can't be what you can't see

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As of September 2021, 98.5 per cent of Victorian apprentice plumbers (10,010) were men, compared with 1.5 percent (148) women. Of 30,146 qualified and registered plumbers, only 103, or 0.35 percent, are women.

It's important to the PPTEU to celebrate role models and girls can look up to. Check out our PPTEU role models here!

Promoting Leadership


PPTEU Women Member Ruby Rayner has taken up the opportunity to be on the PPTEU QLD Youth Crew Committee. You can see what Ruby and the youth crew are up to on the Youth Crew page here.

Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries (WIMDOI) Conference


We were able to send our very own Chanelle Calabrese to the WIMDOI Conference held in Canberra. You can read about her experience in the PPTEU Newsletter.

Facebook Group

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The PPTEU Women Facebook group is a safe place for our female members to engage with us and connect with PPTEU Members and organisers from other states. Join here:

Male Allies

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The PPTEU Male Ally Award is dedicated to acknowledging a champion for women in unconventional trades such as the plumbing trades. This award is one way we're advocating for men to step up and get involved in supporting our women on the tools. 

International Womens Day


The PPTEU is aiming to lift engagement in this space for all members, getting out on site every year and promoting IWD is just one way we do this. Keep up to date with our activities by liking our facebook page and joining the PPTEU Women’s group.


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We hold regular meetings for out PPTEU Women, we understand it can be hard to get to a meeting in person, so they are usually held via Zoom. You can register your interest in attending the next meeting by calling or emailing the office.



The PPTEU is always here to support our members, and along with being able to rely on Organisers and Delegates on site, PPTEU women always have the option of contacting our PPTEU Women officer Rian Kelso, members are provided with her direct line and she is always there to assist.

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