Indigenous Design and Knowledge
We generate design concepts that illustrate projects’ Indigenous engagement and incorporates their culture and knowledge in designs. Community-approved design contributions can include infrastructure, digital visualisations, project office and sites, materials and the like. Our people and clients can use our guidance documents to initiate the Indigenous engagement process.
Research and Cultural Protocols
We offer project-specific documents outlining community and country-specific research on local peoples, culture, heritage, patterns and symbols, and contemporary knowledge. These can be used to develop project-specific cultural protocols documents and material for cultural awareness presentations.
Legal and Moral Guidelines
We offer ethical guidance and approval processes for using Indigenous intellectual and cultural property on projects.
Our clients and subcontractors including architects use our guidelines to help inform application of design principles and seek appropriate approvals for using work that incorporates Indigenous knowledge.
Indigenous Representation and Involvement
We apply Indigenous self-determination principles on major projects to establish accountability and strong governance across project lifecycles. We can help you design and establish partnership models such as Advisory Councils and/or Reference Groups, including relevant contractual documentation and Terms of Reference.
Culturally-Specific Protocols and Project Engagement
We design culturally appropriate Indigenous stakeholder engagement processes that are led by Indigenous professionals. We develop cultural protocols documents for projects and teams.
Reconciliation Action Plans
We develop project-specific plans that incorporate Indigenous participation in the project’s whole lifecycle: plan, design, construct, operate. We offer you our support to implement these locally.
Project Design for Positive Social Impacts
We design frameworks that promote project-specific socioeconomic outcomes throughout the project lifecycle, and incorporate participation plans to achieve social outcomes. We can help you establish feedback loops, and monitor and evaluate projects for continuous improvement.
Collaboration and Co-Creation of Opportunities
We identify project-specific opportunities to collaborate with local Indigenous community members in project planning, design, construction, and operation across the project lifecyle. We can help you, for example, work with Elders to re-interpret a culturally significant site into a virtual experience; work with community artists to apply designs to urban landscapes; work with small business to build capacity to deliver; and work with networks to source Indigenous workers and build industry skills.
Procurement of Goods and Services
We develop project-specific Indigenous supply chains that can participate across the project lifecycle – plan, design, construct, operate. We can help you design co-investment options for SME start-up and growth.
Employment and Training Opportunities
We consider project-specific workforce planning (employment) – across the project life cycle – plan, design, construct, operate.
Legacy Opportunities for the Community
We identify project specific legacies that can be built into the social impact framework or participation plans, including skills development and capacity-building.
Highest and Best Use Assessments
We perform studies into communities asset use (land/ property) to maximise assets’ physical, legal, and financial potential, are culturally appropriate and confirm the highest value of the property being established.
For more information:
Director Indigenous Specialist Services
0458 127 035
Michael Hromek (Yuin)
Technical Executive, Indigenous (Architecture)
0404 106 623
Design & Publishing Manager, Transport
03 9861 1178
Partnerships and Participation
Allan Murray (Yorta Yorta-Dhudhuhroa)
Senior Manager Indigenous Participation & Outcomes (Vic & SA)
0421 941 386
Nathan Martin (Yuin)
Manager Indigenous Participation & Outcomes (NSW)
0435 070 353
Russell Reid (Gamillaraay)
Senior Manager Indigenous Participation & Outcomes (NSW & QLD)
0432 023 527
Barbara Bynder (Whadjuk, Ballardong, Yued–Noongar; Badimia–Yamitji)
Senior Indigenous Stakeholder Engagement Consultant (WA)
0400 230 539