Arup confirms support for the Voice

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
22 August 2023

Arup lends its wholehearted support to enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament (Voice) in the Australian Constitution and welcomes the upcoming referendum as a once in a generation opportunity to create a more inclusive society and improve the lives of all Australians.

Arup Australasia Co-Chairs Kate West and Kerryn Coker said supporting the Voice is consistent with Arup’s values as an organisation.

“Our purpose, to shape a better world and our alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals means we have a responsibility to advocate for a more equitable future.  Our next Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) re-affirms our commitment to self-determination, addressing inequalities and treating First Nations peoples with dignity and respect. 

“Responding to the Uluru Statement from the Heart by giving First Nations peoples a voice at the table ensures their knowledge and perspectives will inform decisions on matters that affect them. A positive outcome on the referendum will be a critical step towards reconciliation, paving the way for a future where all Australians have equal opportunities.”

Over recent months, Arup has rolled out an internal engagement and education program, designed to encourage the firm’s Australian workforce to learn more about the Voice. This includes a dedicated intranet hub and information sessions to build awareness and understanding around the significance of constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations people.

“Our priority has been to facilitate opportunities for knowledge sharing and safe, respectful discussion among our Australian colleagues, so they feel comfortable and confident in making a decision.  Now with the referendum fast approaching, the time has come to add our voice to the Yes campaign and actively support this appropriate change,” said the Co-Chairs.

“The referendum is by no means the end of the journey and we look forward to continuing to play our part to build strong and meaningful partnerships with First Nations peoples and to embrace our shared history and culture for the betterment of all Australians,” they added.

‘Shift to shape an even better world’ original artwork by Tarni O’Shea of Gilimbaa.