AIRAH diversity and inclusion

As part of our ongoing advocacy work, AIRAH champions innovation through diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in the industry.

Our initiatives include:

Supporting women in HVAC&R building services

Women are under-represented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. AIRAH is committed to bridging the gender gap.

As an industry, we need to encourage women to pursue opportunities as HVAC&R professionals and practitioners and attract/retain diverse backgrounds and talent in the industry. We believe that by creating a more diverse team of leaders, we will open doors to unexplored areas and provide new perspectives.

Women of AIRAH STG

AIRAH established the Women of AIRAH Special Technical Group (STG) in 2016 to help promote diversity, representation, and inclusion within the ranks of HVAC&R. Diversity champions represent each of our division committees and STGs, helping the Women of AIRAH STG to develop our strategy for supporting women and increasing their participation in both AIRAH and the HVAC&R building services industry at large.

To get involved with the STG, please email [email protected]

International Network for Women in Cooling

An initiative called the International Network for Women in Cooling (INWIC) has been launched to advance the engagement of women, promote career opportunities, and increase their overall participation in the HVAC&R building services sector. INWIC is led by the World Refrigeration Day (WRD) Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction, in cooperation with an international group of founding partners: AIRAH (Australia), AREA (Europe), ASHRAE (global), CAR (China), FAIAR (Latin America), IIR (global), IOR (UK), ISHRAE (India), JSRAE (Japan), U-3ARC (Africa), and Women in HVAC&R (North America).

More information about the INWIC is available here.

International Women's Day

AIRAH is committed to celebrating and promoting the achievements of women in Australian HVAC&R. Each year on March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. Find out more at

Panel pledge

The absence of women at public professional forums is a problem. Because speakers are usually male, audiences are given an exclusive perspective. The lack of diversity limits the quality of the conversation. Moreover, when visible role models are male, absence of women perpetuates absence of women. Fewer women choose to speak, and fewer are chosen. Compounding this problem is that without the opportunity to serve on panels, women lack profile-building opportunities – an important contributor to experience and recognition.

The Panel Pledge is a commitment made by any speaker requested to participate in a panel or forum, to ask the organiser about the gender balance of the program and highlight their commitment to diversity. It involves actively encouraging women voices in our industry and persevering to achieve change.

As an organisation, we have taken the Panel Pledge to ensure there is gender balance in AIRAH's panels and forums. If you are interested in getting involved and would like to speak at one of our conferences/forums, please click here for information on available opportunities.

For more information, download the Panel Pledge Guide.

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Recognising diversity champions

AIRAH recognises champions of diversity and inclusion at the annual AIRAH Awards.

The Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises and celebrates individuals and organisations that have shown leadership in their efforts, initiatives, policies, programs, and practices to embrace and foster truly inclusive levels of representation within their ranks. Nominees in this category might be acknowledged for efforts such as community service, professional development, hiring practices, and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, background, and experiences.

We encourage you to submit nominations and/or share this opportunity with eligible candidates. More information can be found at

Promoting opportunities in STEM

We are committed to ensuring all young people, regardless of background, know about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and the career opportunities they offer.

AIRAH’s role is to promote the STEM elements in the HVAC&R building services industry – including its influence on society and our environment, and the ability to solve real-world problems. We want tomorrow’s practitioners to know that they can change the world.

For more information on why you should consider a career in HVAC&R, please click here. You can also explore career pathways and training resources.

Resources to promote the HVAC&R building services industry

Join AIRAH in increasing STEM engagement activities in schools. Access shareable materials (including videos, posters, and presentation templates) and help promote the sector.

Classroom support

Explore tools and resources for students and engage in professional development opportunities for educators.

Scholarships, awards, and prizes

Find out about the scholarships, awards, and prizes available to those entering or working in the Australian HVAC&R building services industry.

For more information and/or to get involved in our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please email [email protected]

This page was last updated April 21, 2023

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