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Arcadis acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to Lands, Waters and Communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Our vision

Our vision for reconciliation in Australia is one where all Australians work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards building our diverse identity, where we can share and celebrate a common history and culture and understanding of our country. We believe that Arcadis can contribute positively towards reconciliation, creating a sustainable, respectful, and prosperous future for everyone.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Arcadis exists to improve the quality of life of our communities, our clients and our people. Improving quality of life is more than our passion, it is what drives us to find long lasting, sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, while making a difference to the quality of life of everyone, now and in the future.
In February 2024, Reconciliation Australia approved and endorsed Arcadis Australia Pacific's Third Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Arcadis’ first two Innovate Reconciliation Action Plans, which were delivered throughout 2018-2023, provided our organisation with a greater understanding of the meaning of reconciliation and our current and potential sphere of influence within this space. Consequently, we have taken the deliberate decision to maintain our third Reconciliation Action Plan as an Innovate RAP and continue to build on what we have learnt to date and broaden the understanding of reconciliation throughout Arcadis.

As engineers, project managers, and advisors on projects across Australia, our RAP recognises the role we play in advising and shaping future projects. Arcadis is committed to continue our journey of creating positive impact, through positioning our people to influence the outcomes of projects, ensuring a positive contribution to the communities where we operate.

Our RAP contains a detailed and transparent range of strategies and measurable actions that we are committed to undertake.

In delivering the commitments in this plan we recognise the importance of continuing to nurture the relationships that we have established with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as in building new ones.

We believe it is important to demonstrate our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by expanding our knowledge of their achievements, history and cultural. To do this we will embed our cultural learning program into the business and provide further opportunities for all Arcadians to learn through events, talks, excursions and a formal cultural protocols document.

About the Artist

Saretta Fielding is an award-winning Aboriginal artist of the Wonnarua Nation. Represented nationally and internationally, she has enjoyed success in her art business, winning many prestigious art awards, including as designer of the Ray-Ban Global Indigenous Wayfarers Award. She has worked for many prominent national organisations across the government and corporate sectors and has numerous public art installations across the nation.

‘Powaikaliko Malang’
Grow Together

Grow together shares the story of the Arcadis reconciliation journey. The design brings an acknowledgment to Traditional Custodians across our nation, inviting all to join the reconciliation journey of a shared future together. Central to the imagery, five gathering circles move across the canvas, reflective of the Arcadis footprint on country across Australia, while also highlighting the organisations five key values of People First, Client Success, Integrity, Sustainability and Collaboration.

Our Partnerships

Engineering Aid Australia

Prior to the establishment of Engineering Aid Australia (EAA) in 1996, Australia had an estimated 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engineers.

Each year EAA holds two Indigenous Australian Engineering Schools (IAES): one in Sydney currently hosted by the University of Sydney and the other in Perth, currently hosted by Curtin University. The IAES provide opportunities for high school students to visit the universities to learn more about engineering.

Since its inception, over 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have attended an IAES and more than 95% of these students have completed Year 12 with the help of EAA Continuing School Scholarships. Of the 40 students who participate each year in the IAES program, 25% (on average) go on to an Engineering degree. This pipeline of students has substantially increased the total number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engineers in Australia over the last 20 years.

Over the last ten years, Arcadis has partnered with EAA to support the organisation in contributing to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who study engineering.

Career Trackers

Arcadis recognises the importance of collaborating and partnering with organisations to provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2018, we established a relationship with Career Trackers – a non-profit organisation who support pre-professional Indigenous university students and links them with corporate organisations to participate in paid, multi-year internships.

Now in its third year, through this Partnership Arcadis has provided six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to gain professional practice that relates to their field of study, build industry relationships and genuinely contribute to projects that improve quality of life. We are proud of our relationship with Career Trackers and of the students who have chosen to start their careers with Arcadis. We look forward to developing this relationship further, welcoming more students into all areas of our business and providing long term career opportunities for those who will be finishing their university degrees in the coming years.

Aspire Group

Arcadis are now a proud partner company of the Aspire Group and look forward to welcoming students through the program, focusing on the engineering, design, construction, and environmental areas of our business. This program, established in 2020, is coordinated through the Western Sydney University and all subsidiary campuses, where upon completion of their first semester, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are able to join the program and be connected with partner companies.

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