The consultancy group has committed to facilitating the growth in work opportunities for the Indigenous community.
Advisory, design and engineering consultancy group Beca has entered into a strategic partnership with the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC), aimed at supporting the growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, and bolstering financial security and job opportunities across the community.
Beca Australia managing director Craig Lee described the partnership as a “game changer” for the organisation.
“Supporting the growth and development of Australian communities is already a corner stone of our business, but its critical to be partnering with iDiC to commit to supporting and nurturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses,” Lee said.
“As one of iDiC’s 12 key strategic partners, we envision this journey together to be lasting, sharing our goals and looking for ways to advance each other’s missions. I can’t wait to share our success along the way."
Collaborations between Beca and iDiC are expected to include engagement with Origin Project Management (OriginPM), which is expected to support Beca on the Defence Aviation Safety Regulation 139 Aerodromes Transition Project.
Beca and OriginPM will be tasked with helping Defence’s Aerodrome capability meet certification requirements and achieve best practice.
“This is just the beginning of many long-term contracts we endeavour to partner with iDiC’s many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed businesses,” Lee added.
“We also have a lot to gain from purchasing from Indigenous businesses beyond products or services.
“Sharing of knowledge and culture shifts the paradigm and provides First Australians with strength and success.”
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Other growth opportunities identified by Beca and iDiC include:
- the rollout of an education and cultural competency training program;
- partnering on the development of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP);
- exploration of supply chain integration; and
- joint “go-to-market” initiatives to deliver projects in partnership for clients.
CEO and founder of iDiC Adam Goodes welcomed the opportunity to work with Beca.
“We have over 100 Indigenous businesses as part of the consortium that we will help Beca engage with, to create solutions as a supply chain aggregator and relationship manager,” he said.
“We want to be part of your family and to add value where we can. That’s the best form of partnership – creating value for each other.
“I want to be clear this partnership has been deliberately considered to ensure both organisation’s needs and wants are represented. The process has also been a fantastic opportunity for Beca to better understand the cultures and experiences of First Australians and to pay respects to one of the oldest civilizations in the world.”
OriginPM managing director Daniel Joinbee added, “Working with our partners at iDiC and Beca on this project is a great opportunity not just for OriginPM but the benefits will flow on to other Indigenous businesses.”