Indigenous Participation

We exist to create equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies for today and future generations.

In Australia, we acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and the places on which we live and work. We believe that reconciliation is a means to bring about mutual understanding and learning that will ultimately serve to create a sustainable, vibrant and connected future for all Australians.

 

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Community

WSP started our journey in 2010 as one of the first engineering consultancies to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our RAP was developed in consultation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee consists of mostly external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from different geographies. This is in keeping with our desire to add transparency to our intentions towards mutual understanding.

 

As part of our commitment through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we are keen to involve Indigenous communities in infrastructure, connecting people and stimulating growth for Indigenous businesses.

 

We are currently working closely with Reconciliation Australia in developing our new Elevate RAP.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Recognising Indigenous Australians

As part of our vision for reconciliation, WSP exists to create equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies for today and future generations.

 

On Tuesday 9 July, we joined our clients, industry colleagues and fellow Australians in recognising the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to Australia’s First Nations people. We accepted the invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

 

We heard your call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum to amend the Constitution accordingly. We heard your call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.

 

In the spirit of reconciliation and NAIDOC week, we look forward to developing and enacting specific proposals in relation to Voice, Treaty and Truth for our First Nations people.

 

WSP operates across a broad range of industry sectors in Australia, including Transport, Property and Buildings, Resources, Water, Power and the Environment. We aim to nurture sustainable societies, connect communities and design places where our friends, families and neighbours can thrive.

 

We employ more than 3,200 staff and have in excess of 1,000 active projects, across every state and territory. Each of these projects exist on a First Nations country, and we seek to connect the work that we do today to the enduring culture and history of our First Nation’s people and their connection to country.

 

“Since we established our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2010, we have strived to embed the principles of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities in our business, and to engage our people, clients and partners in the journey of reconciliation,” says Guy Templeton, President and CEO of Australia and New Zealand. “We work to involve Indigenous communities in infrastructure projects and to stimulate growth for Indigenous businesses that enable us to create strong and culturally respectful relationships.

 

“As we have travelled this journey, we have become aware of the complex challenges which Australia faces in becoming a more reconciled nation. We stand side by side with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and confirm WSP’s support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.”