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PW: Training has been a big part of your mantle,
including Indigenous cultural awareness training. How
did you structure that and write the curriculum?
AW: Our approach was to look at ways we could engage
with Indigenous people in developing the curriculum.
We partnered with the Aboriginal production company
Spear Point Productions, based in Western Australia.
We went on a journey with them to develop two DVDs
and a guidebook our project teams and staff can watch
and discuss. It was designed to raise awareness of not
only the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
culture, but also the practicalities. Such as, "I'm a
geotech engineer who needs to go onto an Aurecon site
of heritage significance. What protocols do I need to be
Abbie Wright talks about
why the term 'best
practice' needs to be
canned, and the essential
criteria for a good
inclusion and diversity
PW: What did you do to get going with lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion?
AW: We knew that, without help, we'd get stuck in
the turning intention into action phase, as many
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The index specifically highlights what you need to do to
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The starting point was auditing all our policies and
practices to identify where there wasn't LGBTI inclusion.
For example, the compulsory equal opportunity
employment training all our staff do every couple of years
includes a homophobic example, where previously it didn't.
PW: What challenges lie ahead for you?
AW: Aurecon do a lot of different things, but to me,
that's our weakness. We've just launched our internal
gender equality program, which we've crafted in
partnership with the Workplace Gender Equality
Agency and clients who already have citations.
My ambition for Aurecon would be for us to
become an employer of choice for gender equality in
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