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.
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 RAP, we are keen to involve Indigenous communities in infrastructure, connecting people and stimulating growth for Indigenous businesses.
Importantly, in 2018, we established an Indigenous Specialist Services practice that works to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and culture in the design of infrastructure and built environment projects. This helps create strong and culturally-respectful relationships with Indigenous communities. To date, we have worked on many projects including Woolgoolga to Ballina, Southern Program Alliance, Special Activation Precincts and more.
We are currently working closely with Reconciliation Australia to evolve and progress our RAP.
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 2019, 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.