Indigenous & social inclusion

Supporting people and communities

As a major Australian construction company, we create the vital infrastructure needed today that builds and shapes people’s lives tomorrow and beyond. We take our role much further than just the construction and development of infrastructure (which includes road and rail networks, hospitals, schools, Defence infrastructure, and renewable energy projects). Rather we focus on how these infrastructure projects can be a positive value-add to the cities, centres, and communities that they serve, connect and grow. Liveability, sustainability, environmental integrity and social and cultural significance of the landscape in which we work plays a critical role in our design and delivery of projects.

Through our Indigenous and Social Inclusion Strategy and Innovate RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan), we demonstrate our commitment to ensure we provide participation in employment, training and enterprise opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses over the life of the Project.

Our Indigenous and Social Inclusion Strategy includes:

  • The framework in which we operate
  • Guiding principles and commitments
  • Development of culturally safe workplace practices
  • Set targets of 4% for Indigenous employment and 2% Indigenous procurement
  • Partnerships with CareerTrackers, CareerSeekers and Tupu Toa to provide internships for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasika people and asylum seekers and refugees
  • The engagement of Indigenous businesses and social enterprises throughout our business and onto our subcontractors on our projects through member-based partners Supply Nation and Social Traders.


Our company’s achievements:

  • On 26 June 2019, we launched our first Innovate RAP for 2019-2020. We worked closely with Reconciliation Australia, to develop a plan that outlines actions and deliverables that support CPB Contractors to continue the journey of reconciliation. As part of our RAP journey, we have set ambitious and achievable targets of 4% employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and a spend of 2% of company revenue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses by November 2021.
  • As a founding member Supply Nation and a member of Social Traders we are connecting with verified Indigenous businesses and social enterprises across the country. With the launch of our Innovate RAP we have set a spend target of 2% with the goal of reaching this by November 2021. During the 2019/2020 financial year, CPB Contractors has procured $54 million with Indigenous businesses and social enterprises.
  • In 2010 CPB Contractors was the first corporate organisation to sign-up to the CareerTrackers ‘10x10 Program’ – a 10-year commitment providing internships for 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University students per year. We have now increased our offering to 25 new and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University students per year.
    To further assist us with a pipeline of Indigenous professionals, we recently made early access offerings to the CIMIC Graduate Program for those who successfully complete their University studies and internships with us.
    To date, 130 Indigenous university students have completed internships with CPB Contractors.
  • In June 2019 CPB Contractors signed an agreement with CareerSeekers; a program supporting Australia’s new humanitarian entrants into professional careers. In 2019/2020 32 interns were engaged as part of the CareerSeekers program.
  • Six Māori and Pasifika students are placed with CPB Contractors each year, for three years. Each student receives a 12-week paid internship while completing a training and development program.
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