The importance of meeting our obligations to Indigenous Australians is well understood. Accordingly, we have implemented an Indigenous Employment Strategy (IES), which details our commitment to creating employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. In conjunction with our Indigenous cultural advisor, we seek to create employment opportunities that help build competency and confidence in the individual.
For projects where Indigenous employment opportunities are identified, we work with local organisations to source and place suitable candidates. During project delivery, we strive to build capacity in each individual, allowing them to gain skills that lead to securing future employment, either with DEMEX or other employers.
The IES is predicated on the following four principles:
Opportunity – Ensuring Aboriginal people are front of mind in respect of employment opportunities at DEMEX.
Education – Ensuring DEMEX has culturally and linguistically appropriate resources to help Aboriginal people overcome educational barriers.
Support – Providing support and encouragement to ensure Aboriginal people feel valued by DEMEX
Career – Fostering a culture of mutual trust and loyalty ensuring that an opportunity has the best chance of becoming a career.
Our efforts in these endeavours are guided by Martina Hazelbane, a Warai/Larrakia traditional owner and founder of 100 percent Aboriginal owned business, Stapleton Indigenous Solutions (SIS). Ms Hazelbane advises DEMEX on a per project basis, and as needed, to give effect to our IES. For example, on project award, Ms Hazelbane assists DEMEX to identify suitable candidates for project roles. Once candidates are identified, Ms Hazelbane facilitates communication between DEMEX and Aboriginal workers, ensuring project communications are conducted in a culturally sensitive way. During project delivery, we strive to build capacity in each Aboriginal worker, allowing them to gain skills and vocational training that leads to securing future employment, either with DEMEX on the current or other projects, or with other employers.
From the perspective of cultural awareness, we adopt the following measures to ensure our team is fluent in their cultural understanding:
Work with the DEMEX cultural advisor to identify and communicate with local traditional owners
Make provisions for cross-cultural training for our team, with this training facilitated by our cultural advisor in conjunction with a representative from the local traditional owners
Assess the training requirements for Indigenous workers and ensuring these are met during the course of the project
Identify opportunities for economic development and capacity building contributions to the local traditional owner community.
We recognise that education and economic development are key to realising success in this area. Through DriveAbout Workforce Australian road rules and road safety refresher, we are able to provide this vital training in eight Indigenous languages. Additionally, on a project basis, we seek opportunities to engage Indigenous owned businesses for supply of products and subcontractor services.
With respect to diversity and inclusion DEMEX has looked to the extensive experience and work of public sector organisations to help achieve our diversity and inclusion vision. To that end, we are committed to the following guiding principles:
Recruit: our workforce reflects the diversity of our community
Include: our culture fosters access and inclusion
Develop: we provide opportunity for growth
Lead: we are bold and innovative, with leaders who pave the way.
We adopt a philosophy of the ‘best person for the job’ and as we grow, there is a natural diversity in the candidate pool.
Circular economy principles are driving an approach to construction and demolition that is environmentally and economically responsible. As a demolition contractor, we understand these principles and have made them part of our approach since we commenced operations.
We work with our clients to understand their objectives and commitments, and collaborate to develop solutions that maximise successful project outcomes. On many projects we recycle in excess 90 percent of materials and keep waste to landfill to a minimum. In keeping with our commitments and regulations, all materials are disposed of safely, and we engage local suppliers to assist us with safe disposal and repurposing of materials.
Having been involved in many high profile projects, we appreciate demolition and removal of long standing structures may be a sensitive issue with the local community. In recognition of this, we look for opportunities to salvage items of significance as a way to help preserve cultural heritage.
DEMEX’s compliance with the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act is managed in through our Modern Slavery Act Policy, which commits our organisation and people to taking proactive and effective action to address and mitigate the risks of modern slavery practices occurring within our operations and within the supply chains for goods and services associated with our operations.
The policy confers responsibilities on every employee engaged in any capacity for the business. It outlines expectations, communicates expectations, requirements, and reporting obligations.
In terms of recycling of scrap metal, we work only with ethical vendors who demonstrate compliance with quality management systems, as well as Australian and international standards. All receivers of scrap metal are required to demonstrate adherence to our Modern Slavery Statement and subject to our Supplier Standard for international receivers, which specifically addressed our commitment to human rights, zero tolerance for human trafficking, child labour, or the trade of conflict metals.
We understand local procurement is fundamental to delivering social and economic outcomes; our own and those of our clients. With that in mind, we strive to purchase Australian made products and services, and where projects are delivered in regional and remote areas, every effort is made to source product and service supply locally. Long term commercial relationships have been forged with other local operators aligned to our values and project delivery standards. All suppliers are filtered via our internal supplier evaluation process and are required to adhere to the DEMEX Supplier Standard.
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