People

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

Striving for mentally healthy workplaces

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

Visit our Mental Health Knowledge Hub for more information.

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Strengthening Australia’s 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 new skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce.

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

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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

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MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY

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 letter 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

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Senior secondary pathways review

See our letter 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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MENTAL HEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION

See our letter 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 letter 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 policy and advocacy campaigns are member-driven by our various roundtables, working groups and committees. The People and Human Resources Roundtable oversee our nationwide activities relating to people and skills.

Current members

  • Claudia Faulkner - ADP Consulting
  • Jane Moylan - AECOM
  • Amy Baxendale - Arcadis Australia Pacific
  • Phoebe Ryssenbeek  - Arup
  • Lauren Di Pietro - Aurecon
  • Sharon Prowle - Cardno
  • Amy Singh - Douglas Partners
  • Catherine Drury-Fox - GHD
  • Tasos Katopodis (Consult Australia Board Representative) - GHD
  • Zoe Robertson - Golder
  • Chris Leung (alternate) - Golder
  • Claire Burton - Jacobs
  • Kerryn Scott - KBR
  • Stephen Troilo (Vice Chair) - Northrop
  • Romi Hoffenberg - SLR Consulting
  • Leonie Kerley (alternate) - SLR Consulting
  • Abesi Mwenda - SMEC
  • Brett Davis (Consult Australia Board Representative) - Stantec
  • Venelina Kostourkov - Stantec
  • Kylie Ward (Chair) - Stantec
  • Gerry Doyle (Consult Australia President) - Tonkin Consulting


Consult Australia Male 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 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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Consult Australia’s ‘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.

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More information

For more information about our people work, please contact James Robertson, Policy Advisor, at james@consultaustralia.com.au.

 

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