Committing to diversity and inclusion

Our industry has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Given that we support around 1.4 million jobs in large and small communities across Australia, that’s both logical and essential if we are to build a sustainable industry that reflects and engages closely with the community it creates great places for.

Diversity among our workforce and industry leadership means we can benefit from the insight, experience and capability of the whole community.

Making progress on diversity can often require us to take a critical look at our performance and commit to doing better.

Similarly, we should be having an honest conversation about the history of European settlement in Australia and its impact on Indigenous Australians. Accepting the reality of our shared history is a vital step towards promoting reconciliation and building a stronger future together.

Many of our members have embraced this opportunity through their Reconciliation Action Plans. In this issue, which comes around the middle of NAIDOC Week, we look at how Lendlease is leading the way on reconciliation and engagement with Indigenous communities.

There are a number of people moves reported in this issue. In particular, I would like to acknowledge our WA Executive Director, Lino Iacomella, who is stepping down after 12 years with the Property Council. 

Lino leaves a legacy of many achievements, including the introduction of independent Development Assessment Panels, the strata titles overhaul now before Parliament and the establishment of Infrastructure WA. He has the respect of members, policy makers and his colleagues and we wish him well for the future.