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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Aurecon is committed to maintaining a culture based on respect

We have employees in more than 25 locations around the world and there are over 32 different languages spoken within our business. 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 committed to maintaining a culture based on respect. Our 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 global community.  

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 Generic Codes of Good Practice.

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.

Diversity and inclusion at Aurecon from Aurecon



  • Launched the Aurecon Attributes – the way we stand out from the crowd. Individually and collectively they are the catalyst that unleashes the true power of Aurecon. They are the reason clients will want to work with us. The attributes represent a new way to attract the best talent, develop and grow our people and ensure Aurecon is future ready. The Attributes are ‘who’ we are.
  • Conducted a design-jam to redefine Aurecon’s culture and values and co-create and shape six Aurecon Principles and launched them to the business.
  • Launched Catalyst, Aurecon’s new development framework, which allows us to develop a future ready workforce. Catalyst includes three key streams:
    1.    Technical Mastery, incorporating Design Academy
    2.    Leadership Academy
    3.    Future Ready
  • Embedded Yes Flex, Aurecon’s all position flexible working platform. Yes Flex empowers employees to embrace flexible daily start and end times across their working week.
  • Leveraged from the success of Ascend, Aurecon’s leadership advancement programme for high potential women, in Australia and embedded the programme globally.
  • Achieved gender representation targets in some regions, including 30% in Australia.
  • Designed and began rolling out Aurecon’s Inclusive Leadership experience to support line managers to lead their teams inclusively and take advantage of increased creativity and innovation.


Total number of Aurecon employees 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018


Average training hours per Aurecon employee 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018


Percentage of individuals working at Aurecon by gender 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018


Aurecon voluntary attrition 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

  • 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.


  • Rollout of further Workday modules to create an integrated platform incorporating recruitment, leave, learning and other areas
  • Implementation of our new Reward Strategy, including our Future Ready Fund, which is being piloted in a number of our groups this year.  Depending on the outcome of the pilot, we plan to roll this out globally in FY20 
  • Re-design of our approach to recruitment and onboarding
  • Continued focus on leadership training, high potential identification and succession planning
  • Re-design of career pathways


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

Global Compliance Programme

Aurecon’s online global compliance programme designed to outline employee responsibilities and standards.
  1. Global 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.

Early Career International Development Scheme (ECIDS)

ECIDS enables our professionals to gain international experience at Aurecon offices across the globe. ECIDS is available to high potential staff who have between 2 and 6 years of post-qualification work experience.


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