Change for the better: Skills, jobs business

June 01, 2022
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Partnerships
  • People and community

To mark National Reconciliation Week, we’re celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working within and alongside our business.

Our Indigenous team members, suppliers and community partnerships are vital to our reliable delivery of outstanding projects and services.  

Together, we’re designing, constructing, and operating the assets, infrastructure and resources projects that connect and power Australia’s cities and regions.

Check our news site for articles about team members and reconciliation activities throughout the week.

  • Acknowledgement of Country

    In Australia, CIMIC Group acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and we recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and waterways. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members and communities.

“Reconciliation is a partnership with our Indigenous team members, suppliers, and communities in Australia.
Together, we are making changes and opening access for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in the infrastructure, services, and resources industries. 
At CIMIC Group, we are committed to building skills, connecting people to jobs, and fostering job creation with a vibrant Indigenous business sector. Sharing the benefits of infrastructure investment and economic growth is at the heart of delivering sustainable solutions.”

Juan Santamaria, CIMIC Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

“Respect is the cornerstone of our Reconciliation Action Plans. Indigenous team members and businesses strengthen our operations, supply chain, and connection to communities where we work. 
We’re focused on building trusted relationships and accessible pathways to skills, jobs, and business opportunities. It is a partnership that will achieve greater participation of Indigenous people in the projects that are shaping Australia. It is also building an enduring skills legacy for the industry and sustainable development.”

Pedro Vicente, CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer

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With Reconciliation Action Plans in place at CPB Contractors, Thiess, Sedgman and UGL, inclusive cultural awareness, education, employment, and procurement activities are increasing Indigenous participation. 

We are in step with Government clients and policies, such as the NSW Aboriginal Procurement Policy and Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program, and consistently meet project targets for upskilling, employment, and engaging Indigenous businesses.

A stronger team

Across CIMIC Group, Indigenous team members join our projects and operations in a range of trainee, workforce, and professional roles.
These inspiring role models, our training academies and mentors, and the community organisations we partner with to drive local recruitment, are enabling more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join us, and the industry. 

Indigenous participation is trending upwards, and we are working to increase the number of our indigenous employees to 4% by 2025, up from 2.2% currently. In 2021, the Group directly employed 261 Indigenous people in its Australian workforce, up from 249 in 2020 (excludes Thiess numbers). 

Project-by-project initiatives across our Operating Companies continue to engage Indigenous people and other new industry entrants. Examples include CPB Contractors partnering with, Indigenous owned and operated, Intract Contractors and TAFE SA on the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project, supporting Indigenous trainees to complete their Certificate II in Civil Construction. 


Our partnerships with Clontarf Foundation and CareerTrackers support young Indigenous people with pathways through school, early training, and university, to employment opportunities. In 2021, we provided 46 internships through the CareerTrackers Program.

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Since his first CareerTrackers internship with EIC Activities in 2019, Terence Gorogo (right) has been working in the Finance Team. 
“This internship has given me the confidence to overcome any challenges I may face in the corporate world,” said Terence.


A stronger supply chain

Trusted suppliers are critical to the reliable delivery of our projects and services. In 2021 we procured $96.9 million worth of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers.
The breadth of the Indigenous businesses we work with demonstrates the depth of the sector’s talent and expertise. 

Across Australia, in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, Indigenous businesses are providing us with services including labour hire, recruitment and training; technology solutions; civil, environmental and remediation works; fleet management and transport; waste management, plumbing, crane and lifting services, as well as PPE supplies, printing, cleaning and catering – to name just a few.


Meet some of our suppliers

The Sedgman team at MACH Energy’s Mount Pleasant Operation, in the Hunter Valley New South Wales, is proudly partnered with Blackrock Industries, a 100 percent Indigenous-owned service company. Blackrock Industries provide people and equipment to mining and civil projects Australia-wide. They work with clients, such as Sedgman, to establish employment opportunities, supporting the career aspirations of First Nations People throughout Australia. Blackrock Managing Director, Steve Lessar said: “We don't feel like a subcontractor working with Sedgman, we feel that we are a partner on this journey of opportunities and reconciliation. Our employees constantly say Sedgman is fantastic at welcoming them as part of the team and we look forward to continuing our relationship on future opportunities.”

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Blackrock team members Josh Farley (L) and Tammy Roberts (R) with Sedgman CHPP Manager, Megan Kropp.
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Part of the electric fleet from Bunji Hire.

CPB Contractors’ M80 Upgrade and Monash Freeway Upgrade projects are working with local Indigenous business Bunji Hire to reduce their carbon footprint through an electric fleet. 

Bunji founder, Dean Rioli, says “CPB supported our business in the early stages. They believed we would deliver a quality service. This gave me the confidence that the business would kick goals across a number of projects, and we are now able to supply other top tier clients purely because we have a track record on a number of CPB projects”.


Australian Indigenous owned and operated merchandise supplier, JC Promotions & Apparel, are helping Sedgman get ready for the launch of their Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan with some deadly products, including an Acknowledgment of Country plaque. 

Director, Jesse Thomson (R) and his business partner Christopher Kiprios supply products to Sedgman and other CIMIC Group companies, having first established in 2019. Jesse and Christopher explained that being an Australian Indigenous owned and operated company allows them to provide opportunities to other First Nations Small Businesses and Artists and give back to their Mob and Communities.'

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JC Promotions & Apparel supply products to Sedgman and other CIMIC Group companies.
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Ron Jones, UGL Aboriginal Engagement Manager, East, (C) with team members wearing UGL’s Bloodlines shirts.
Working closely with Luke Penrith, an Aboriginal artist, UGL has added a new rail compliant long sleeve shirt, featuring Luke’s “Bloodlines” design. 

These shirts, worn here by our team members, help to spark conversations on sites and projects about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, while improving the diversity of UGL’s supply chain. The Bloodlines shirts are being rolled out across various sites and projects, starting with UGL Unipart, Auburn and UGL’s Dandenong, Victoria site.  
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