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Diversity & inclusion

Diversity & inclusion

Aurecon is committed to maintaining a culture based on respect

Aurecon's innovation aspiration is dependent on our ability to recruit and inspire a diverse workforce and to create an inclusive, high-performing culture where everyone can be their full authentic selves within a vibrant community. We have initiatives and policies to foster talent from all walks of life to ensure a fair working environment where opportunities are available to everyone.

Aurecon is an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, as awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Australia), and is a founding member of The Diversity Agenda in New Zealand.

Aurecon is committed to creating sustainable and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and Māori in New Zealand, as highlighted in our Reconciliation Action Plan and through our partnerships with Iwi.

In January 2019, Aurecon became the first consulting engineer in New Zealand to be Rainbow Tick certified. The Rainbow Tick is a quality improvement cycle designed to make an organisation a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. In May 2019 Aurecon achieved Bronze Employer status with Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), recognising Aurecon Australia’s performance in LGBTI+ inclusion. This status is shared with employers such as Coles, HSBC, KPMG and Qantas.

In South Africa, Aurecon is committed to the implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) within its South African operations and has been verified as a Level 1 Contributor to BBBEE under the Amended Construction Sector Codes of Good Practice.

Awards and recognition

  • The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) again recognised Aurecon as an employer committed to promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in 2019. Aurecon has been assessed positively since receiving its first Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation in 2016. WGEA awards the citation to organisations which demonstrate, among other things, action towards removing gender pay gaps and ongoing pay parity. Other citation criteria are in relation to leadership-led gender equality strategy, learning and development opportunities, flexible working, supporting those with caring responsibilities, employee consultation on gender equality matters and gender targets. As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador, William Cox, Aurecon’s Chief Executive Officer, has a commitment to ensuring like-for-like pay parity within the business and championing pay parity within Aurecon’s external network.
  • 2019 Australian Bronze Employer status for the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTI+ inclusion
  • 2019 New Zealand Rainbow Tick
  • Australian Financial Review's Most Innovative Companies:
  • LinkedIn Top Companies:
  • Universum’s Most Attractive Employers rankings, South Africa:
  • South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA):
  • New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards 2019 – Highly Commended: Partners Life Emerging Award
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) awards 2018
    • Winner: Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award – Liam Hayes
    • Finalist: Dame Quentin Bryce Gender Equity Award – Gender Inclusion at Aurecon
  • Consult Australia 2018 Awards for Excellence – Gold: Champions of Change Female Leadership – Kylie Cochrane
  • National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) – South Australia 2017 – Winner: NAWIC SA Crystal Vision Award
  • Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Awards (AIRAH) 2017 – Winner: Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award for the Future Ready by Design through Gender Inclusion programme
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) awards 2016 – Winner: AHRI Inclusive Workplace

Recent achievements

  • Launched a new recruitment and on-boarding experience co-designed with our people
  • Launched visual employment contracts in New Zealand and South Africa following successful implementation in Australia in FY18

Total number of Aurecon employees

Total number of Aurecon employees 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

Average training hours per employee

Average training hours per Aurecon employee 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

Percentage of individuals working at Aurecon by gender

Percentage of individuals working at Aurecon by gender 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

Voluntary attrition

Aurecon voluntary attrition 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019

  • 100% of performance reviews were completed. 96% of performance reviews are conducted within time frame.
  • Aurecon uses recognised outplacement programmes to provide transition assistance for continued employability and the management of career endings resulting from retirement or termination of employment. These are tailored to either redundancy or retirement scenarios.
  • Aurecon does not have any staff covered by collective bargaining agreements

Current focus

  • Rollout of further Workday modules to create an integrated platform incorporating recruitment, leave, learning and other areas
  • Reimagine the learning experience for our people
  • Continued focus on leadership training, high potential identification and succession planning
  • Re-design of career pathways

Our development initiatives

L40 Executive Development

Custom built and targeted Leadership Development initiatives aimed at Aurecon’s Top 50 leaders.

E40 Executive Development

Custom built and targeted Leadership Development initiatives aimed at Aurecon’s High Potential Leaders across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Middle East & Asia.

Catalyst Future Ready Modules

Designed to build the capability and skills of all employees across Aurecon

  1. Introduction to Design to Innovate
  2. Design to Innovate – the New Art of Scoping
  3. Introduction to Extraordinary Client Experiences
  4. Visual Thinking for Problem Solving
  5. Storytelling for Business Impact
  6. Designing Strategic Conversations
  7. Introduction to Designing Differentiation
  8. Designing Differentiation
  9. Communication, Impact & Influence
  10. Structuring & Negotiating Commercial Value
  11. Brand You
  12. Designing Strategy

Design Academy (ADA)

This is a three-year training programme aimed at developing our future Design Directors through a series of intensive and distance educational interventions for a select group of senior technical practitioners within the business who are selected as Design Scholars.


i40 Skills Development programme focused on:
  • Design thinking methodology
  • Strategic conversations
  • Visual thinking
  • Facilitation
  • Design

Project Leader/Project Management Skills

The Aurecon Project Leader Capability Development Programme provides a career development path for our emerging and existing project leaders. The programme allows participants to share experiences and apply practical solutions to successfully manage Aurecon's risks and deliver projects effectively.

PPME Presents

Aurecon's PPME (Programme and Project Management Expertise) Community of Practice runs knowledge sharing events fortnightly. It provides project, industry or regional project related updates and discusses lessons learnt.

Mentoring for Success Programme

  1. Mentor workshop
  2. Mentee workshop
Formal mentoring programme partnering experienced employees with more junior employees, focused on developing:
  • Leadership skills
  • Technical expertise
  • Project management skills
  • Client skills

Emerging Professionals Programme (EPP)

Aurecon’s Graduate Programme
  1. On Boarding
  2. Mentoring for Success
  3. ECIDS (Early Career International Development Scheme)
  4. Limelight
  5. Professional Skill Development
  6. Technical Training Framework
  7. Professional Accreditation
  8. On the job learning

Line Manager Series

Structured certificate programme designed to build line management and leadership skills of all line managers across the organisation.
  1. Introduction to Line Management
  2. Delegation
  3. Giving Effective Feedback
  4. Courageous Conversations
  5. Managing Performance
  6. Motivating Others
  7. Coaching Others
  8. Beyond Management – Leading Inclusively
  9. Mental Health Line Manager Awareness
  10. Onwards and Upwards
  11. Inclusive Leadership

Foundations of Leadership (FOL) Programme

Aurecon’s High Potential Leaders Programme
  1. Leading Self
  2. Leading Others
  3. Leading the Business


High Potential Women’s programme

International Compliance Programme

Aurecon’s online international compliance programme designed to outline employee responsibilities and standards.
  1. International Health & Safety Programme
  2. Anti-bribery & Corruption
  3. Code of Conduct

Internal/external coaching

Targeted performance/leadership coaching available on as needs basis.

Education Assistance Programme (EAS)

Education funding for post graduate qualifications.


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