Our people activities focus on creating a vibrant and sustainable workforce. We cover workforce diversity, skills development and education, workplace culture and skilled migration.

Striving  for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Mentally healthy workplaces

A campaign to tackle mental health stigmas across the broader industry and promote business practices to help create thriving workplaces.

A copy of our recent research report on the importance of mentally healthy workplaces in our industry is below.

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Please also visit our Mental Health Knowledge Hub - our one-stop hub of resources relevant for our industry.


Strengthening our talent pipeline

A campaign to increase the pipeline of talent for our industry by promoting improvements to STEM education, advocating for a demand-driven skilled migration system, and exploring the skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce.

A copy of our recent discussion paper on Australia's STEM education challenges is below.


Please also read more about our annual skills survey.


Higher Education Amendment Bill

See our submission for the Australian Senate Education and Employment Committee's inquiry on the Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (Job-Ready and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020.  We flag our concerns that degree types such as engineering that will receive lower overall funding per student. 

September 2020



See our submission for the Federal Treasury's consultation on the 2020-21 Budget.  We emphasis the importance of infrastructure and built environment for Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery.  Our people recommendations include a built environment workforce strategy, practical skilled migration reforms, and childcare and parental leave improvements.

August 2020


Job-Ready Graduates Package

See our submission on the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment's public consultation on proposed legislative changes to enact university funding reforms. Our primary concern is the proposed decline in combined overall funding per student for engineering degrees. We also request more information on the proposed National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund. 

August 2020

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Skilled Migration Occupation List

See our submission on the Federal Department of Employment's 2020 consultation on skill shortages and proposed changes to the occupations included on skilled migration lists. Our response focuses on proposed changes to occupation types relevant to member firms. Our primary concern was the proposal to shift geologist from the short-term skill shortage list to the regional only list.

February 2020



See our submission on the Productivity Commission's draft mental health inquiry report. We supported the inquiry and many of the early findings. There is a strong link between employment and mental health, and we agreed that there is a growing role businesses can play. However, some related recommendations need to be explored further in the final report to ensure they are effective and consider cost impacts.

January 2020

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2020-21 Migration Program

See our submission on the Federal Department of Home Affair's consultation on the 2020-21 Migration Program. We highlight the importance of a program that is responsive to business, and use the opportunity raise concerns with the SAF levy and the age threshold. We also encourage the department to remove barriers by re-establishing the Industry Outreach Officer Initiative.

January 2020


Senior secondary pathways review

See our submission on the COAG Education Council's consultation on senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training. Our response shared our research on STEM education challenges, and notes pathways in this space can be improved through better connections into industry. We also encouraged a focus on school career adviser knowledge gaps.

December 2019

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See our submission on the Victorian Royal Commission into the mental health system. Our response focused on workplace matters, and shared a copy of our recent report on the topic. An improved understanding of mental health, reduced stigmas, and an approach focused on prevention were key issues flagged.

July 2019

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Workplace sexual harassment

See our submission for the Australian Human Rights Commission's national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. We supported the inquiry and focused our submission on workplace measures to eradicate sexual harassment and the importance of a positive workplace culture.

February 2019

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2019-20 Migration Program

See our submission on the Federal Department of Home Affair's consultation on the 2019-20 Migration Program. With the prevalence of skill shortages across industry, we noted that any failure to hit the planning level cap for visas is due to access barriers in the system. As such, we again encouraged the department to focus on access barriers, particularly for SMEs, by re-establishing the Industry Outreach Officer Initiative.

January 2019

Our people policy and advocacy campaigns are member-driven through our state/territory committees and our People and Human Resources Roundtable.

Mental Health Knowledge Hub

Consult Australia’s Mental Health Knowledge Hub provides a one-stop shop for a range of relevant materials to help member firms to create mentally healthy workplaces. The benefits of mentally healthy workplaces are significant – employees feel more empowered to perform at a high-level and comfortably balance work into a healthy life, and thriving organisations can drive the performance of a workplace to deliver a competitive edge.


Male Champions of Change

CEOs and managing directors of some of Consult Australia’s largest member firms have signed the Charter of the Consult Australia Male 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.


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For more information about our people work, please contact James Robertson, Policy Advisor, at