Workforce Diversity

Facilitating a more diverse workforce, with ensuing productivity benefits across the industry.


Consult Australia Champions of Change

CEOs and regional Managing Directors of some of Consult Australia’s premier member firms have signed the Charter of the Consult Australia Champions of Change. To bring about change within the upper echelons of the built environment consulting industry would be a significant step in advancing equality in this traditional and male dominated world and these business leaders are taking a big step together.

The Charter commits the signatories to actively advance equality across their businesses and to act as advocates for the consulting industry. They believe that this is important because the talents of employees with broad experiences in their professional and personal lives deliver productivity, problem solving and business success dividends.

Membership of the Consult Australia Champions of Change is evolving and there are now 14 Champions, who are listed below:

  • AECOM Australia New Zealand Chief Executive, Lara Poloni
  • Arcadis Australia Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Greg Steele (Chair)
  • Arup Chair and Chief Executive Officer - Australasia Region, Peter Bailey
  • Beca Managing Director - Australia, James Wright
  • Calibre Consulting Managing Director, Max Bomben
  • GHD General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Phillip Duthie
  • Golder Associates Managing Director and Principal, Hannah Hamling
  • MWH Managing Director, Government & Infrastructure, Australia, Mark Bruzzone
  • Norman Disney & Young Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Fowler
  • Opus Managing Director Australia, Melvyn Maylin
  • Jacobs SKM Group Vice President ANZ Infrastructure & Environment, Patrick Hill
  • SMEC Chief Operating Officer, Australia and New Zealand, Hari Poologasundram
  • Rider Levett Bucknall, Managing Director, Matt Harris
  • WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff Group Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Andrew Mather 

Click here for a copy of the Charter text.

Flexible Working Case Studies

In collaboration with our members, Consult Australia has prepared a series of case studies to demonstrate how flexible working operates in practice, presented from the point of view of industry workers. We encourage firms to review these case studies and the lessons they illustrate with a view to considering how flexible working arrangements may encourage workforce diversity and inclusion, and make good sense for your business:


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