Image: Witma Malang- Build Together, Saretta Fielding

Arcadis Australia Pacific

Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020

Arcadis Australia Pacific acknowledges our First Nations’ peoples of Australia as the continuing custodians and traditional owners of the land on which we live and work.

Our Vision

Our Vision for Reconciliation acknowledges and draws upon Arcadis’ role as engineer, project manager and adviser in infrastructure and property projects across Australia. Our teams are well placed to influence the outcomes of projects, and to play a role in advising and shaping future projects.

Arcadis is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities where we operate and appreciate that the projects we work on have an impact on Australia’s First Peoples.

Our Vision is to contribute to building respect, supporting education and creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our business.

We seek to create a more culturally diverse community of employees, partners, customers and suppliers to strengthen our business and deliver greater economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Arcadis’ inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan

Arcadis’ overall passion is to Improve Quality of Life, and this passion brings our people together to deliver outcomes for our clients to help them achieve exceptional and sustainable outcomes. It is this passion to Improve Quality of Life that also creates a desire to make a positive difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) builds upon years of work the organisation has performed with Engineering Aid Australia – a charitable organisation whose principal aim is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students to consider a career as a professional engineer. There was a strong desire for the organisation to build on this experience, and do more to make a positive impact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to ensure greater representation within our workforce and through educating our people.

In addition, the organisation seeks to educate staff and provide cultural awareness information in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and is also looking at supplier relationships to determine if we can purpose more goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned enterprises.

About the Artist

Saretta Fielding is an award-winning Aboriginal artist of the Wanaruah 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.

This artwork, “Witma Malang- Build Together” tells the story of working together around a shared vision. Stepping stones show our journey forward, as we build respectful relationships and create opportunities and partnerships leading into the future. Parallel pathways within the work depict our coming together, walking alongside each other on the journey, step by step towards closing the gap.

Earth and water tones within the work highlight the diversity and beauty of our country and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented across our nation.

Our Partnerships

Engineering Aid Australia

Prior to the establishment of Engineering Aid Australia (EAA) in 1996, Australia only 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, of whom more than 95% 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 five years, Arcadis has partnered with EAA to support the organisation in contributing to increasing the number of First Nations’ peoples who study engineering.

Image courtesy of Engineering Aid Australia

CareerTrackers

In 2017, Arcadis sponsored two internships through CareerTrackers, a non-profit organisation creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students by linking them with private sector employers for paid, multi-year internships.

CareerTrackers helps support students to convert from internships into full-time positions upon completion of their university degree, as well as preparing them for leadership in the workplace and the community. Arcadis plans to expand the program to four vacation students in 2018/19.

Witma Malang- Build Together, detail.