Continuing our commitment to reconciliation in Australia

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
27 May 2020

Arup continues its commitment to reconciliation in Australia with the release of the 2020-2022 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) today.

“The RAP is a framework for how our business, projects and people can realise opportunity, provide career pathways and develop enduring relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations,” said Arup Australasia Chair, Peter Chamley.

We intend to consolidate and build on the strong foundations of our first RAP, working towards tangible outcomes in procurement, employment and engagement, as well as advancing better cultural and historical understanding. ”

Peter Chamley Peter Chamley Former Chair, Australasia Region

“We have been engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for more than 25 years through our programs and projects: this RAP tells some stories of our recent interactions and relationships,” he said. 

“Clearly, the benefits of our engagement can go beyond the infrastructure, places and buildings we create, leading to increased equity, opportunity and equality for individuals and stronger communities and organisations.

“The actions in our 2020-2022 Plan enable us to explore partnerships with, build respect for and commit to opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through all our work practices.”

Reconciliation Australia has formally endorsed Arup’s second Innovate RAP.

“We encourage Arup to embrace this journey with open hearts and minds, to grow from the challenges and to build on its success,” said Karen Mundine, CEO Reconciliation Australia.

RAP organisations across Australia are turning good intentions into positive actions, helping to build higher trust, lower prejudice and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. ”

Karen Mundine Karen Mundine CEO Reconciliation Australia

Here are some outcomes from our first RAP (2018-2020) highlighting successful relationships, engagement and understanding that form a solid basis for our ongoing reconciliation journey:

  • New partnerships with Impact Investment Partners and the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC)

  • Continuing relationships with Supply Nation, CareerTrackers (and commitment to 10 internships per year for 10 years), Engineering Aid Australia and its Indigenous Australian Engineering School, University of Melbourne and the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School

  • Providing up to four hours’ paid leave for people to attend NAIDOC Week activities; involvement in National Reconciliation Week events, and holding Yarning Circles and workshops led by our Aboriginal Vocational Officer Keith Brandy

  • Project teams spending time on-site with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, deepening our appreciation of the real problems our design solutions are aiming to address.

Download our 2020-2022 Reconciliation Action Plan here.

This original art work was created for Arup by Gilimbaa, an Indigenous creative agency accredited by Supply Nation. The motif was developed by Tarni O’Shea; a proud Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman who is strongly inspired by the celebration of culture and bringing it to the forefront of the creative process.