Women in Leadership
As a business imperative, we recognise and value the role of women in the workforce and gender diversity at all levels of the organisation. We continue our focus on attracting, retaining and developing women in non-traditional roles and leadership positions. We recognise that women in positions instrumental to our future will lead to increasing numbers of women in leadership roles.
On International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, the theme ‘#BalanceForBetter’ was about motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
We promoted the day through both internal communications and by having four of our aspiring female leaders, nominated by Corporate Executive, attend a valuable networking event by Engineers Australia. This included a panel of industry leaders and keynote speaker Turia Pitt inspiring women with her life-changing events, personal journey, achievements and lessons learned.
|Women in Level 6 and higher positions
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our Reconciliation Action Plan focuses on:
- building stronger relationships with Aboriginal people and communities
- creating greater understanding for ourselves and our partners of Aboriginal heritage and cultures
- providing opportunities for Aboriginal people through our activities and our industry.
Some key workplace and employment achievements through our Reconciliation Action Plan have been:
- working with Aboriginal people through employment and engagement opportunities specific to our road infrastructure industry
- creating a more culturally safe environment through cultural awareness
- participating in key events
- trialling new eLearning
- developing and adopting new Aboriginal protocols embodying respect, understanding and protection of cultural heritage.
In support of the Government’s Aboriginal participation policy, our Aboriginal Advisory and Working Groups have progressed in implementing Aboriginal engagement initiatives specific to procurement of goods and services from Aboriginal businesses and engagement of Aboriginal groups in design, construction and maintenance activities related to our road infrastructure projects. See ’Our Stories’ for more on Aboriginal Engagement.
We are delivering on our commitment to increase the direct employment of Aboriginal people through targeted recruitment for Aboriginal-specific positions. We are achieving this by working in partnership with Nudge, a for purpose charity that focuses on getting young people into jobs and training opportunities. We will be looking at other employment pathways for Aboriginal people as an even more targeted approach next year.
This year we have engaged the expertise of a Senior Advisor in Aboriginal Engagement who has played an integral role in helping us achieve the outcomes of our Strategic Business Case for Aboriginal Engagement. We have also engaged the expertise of an Indigenous Employment Officer to assist with the consultation and coordination of our next Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-22.
National Reconciliation Week
This week reflects on impacts of Australia’s colonial history and the importance of ongoing reconciliation. National Reconciliation Week theme was ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together With Courage’. The week was celebrated by:
- sponsoring and participating in the launch of the 2019 Street Banner Project
- participating in the Walk for Reconciliation 2019, a public show of leadership, support and solidarity to reconcile our state and promote equity
- participating in the Breakfast held by Reconciliation WA along with our portfolio partners
- promoting the event through articles on our internal communications
- supporting the initiatives of Reconciliation WA.
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week
We recognise the importance of engaging our staff to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.
The 2018 theme was ‘Because of Her We Can’ which was a tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played, and continue to play, crucial roles in our history.
Our celebration included a metropolitan office based event with a Welcome to Country and storytelling from Whadjuk Elder, Doolann Leisha Eatts. Her book Our Country, my Nyungah Home and husband Elder Walter Eatts’ book Somewhere Between Not White, Not Black, Not Wanted were promoted. This was followed by bush tucker inspired delicacies for afternoon tea sourced from Kuditj Kitchen, an Aboriginal-owned and locally based café. NAIDOC week raises the cultural awareness of our staff and also includes internal communications and articles on the meaning behind NAIDOC week and the celebration.