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Indigenous Engagement

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

We are proud to launch Cushman & Wakefield’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a part of our commitment to closing the gap between non Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Cushman & Wakefield is pledging to provide employment and training opportunities, build community awareness, and facilitate collaboration. At Cushman & Wakefield inclusion lies at the heart of our culture and our RAP is another step in our inclusive journey.


Our vision and focus areas:


Building strong, clear relationships with local communities is fundamental to success. Understanding and connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, puts Cushman & Wakefield in the best positon to achieve the objectives of the RAP.


Respecting the profound connection Indigenous Australians have with their traditional country. Cushman & Wakefield will engage and build partnerships with Indigenous organisations, land councils, companies, and other Indigenous controlled entities. FOCUS AREA: Mentorship - attract and develop the most talented professionals.


Cushman & Wakefield will forge closer relationships with Indigenous Australians in places in which we operate. By recognising, understanding and building relationships with Indigenous Australians a trust can be built, relations deepened and opportunities created for increasing Indigenous Australians economic participation. FOCUS AREA: Mentorship - attract and develop the most talented professionals.

View Cushman & Wakefield's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Supply Nation

Supply Nation

Cushman & Wakefield is an accredited member of Supply Nation. We have adopted and implemented several procurement initiatives targeting engagement of small and medium Indigenous enterprises.  In 2017 Cushman & Wakefield was a major sponsor of the Supply Nation’s Connect event – the largest gathering of Indigenous owned businesses taking place at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Indigenous Engagement

Leveraging our role in the real estate community Cushman & Wakefield is in a strong position to make a real difference – particularly in helping to close the social and educational inequity gap experienced by Indigenous Australians. We are fully committed to working in partnership with Indigenous Australians, Governments and Community to meet the targets identified within the Coalition of Australian Government’s Closing the Gap strategy and in creating a real increase in social and economic opportunities for Indigenous businesses and job seekers.

Cushman & Wakefield is committed to utilising our strengths to influence positive change – in our workplace, our business and in our communities.

Since 2015, Cushman & Wakefield in partnership with our clients has spent approximately $25 million with Indigenous businesses across our supply chain.

Indigenous Supplier event
Supply Nation's Indigenous Supplier Engagement Forum

AFL Sportsready Program

In 2015 Cushman & Wakefield created a partnership with AFLSportsready to engage two Indigenous trainees in Melbourne, working on behalf of one of our key financial clients. The trainees joined in a full-time capacity as Guest Service Agents and as part of the traineeship completed a Certificate 4 in Business Administration over a 12-month period. The trainees have been outstanding, bringing diversity of thought and opinion and contributing to the overall success of the contract.

Following on this success, Cushman & Wakefield has now engaged a further three Indigenous trainees for the same client in Sydney. Each of the trainees will complete a Certificate 3 in Business Administration over a 12-month period. We have also employed a Facilities Coordinator Administration in our Sydney office, who is completing a Certificate 4 in Business Administration.

AFL sports readiness
Celebrating at a Graduation Morning tea with Ian Browne, Cortney Ketchup, Liam Flanagan and Kirk Edgar

NRL Cowyboys House
Cushman & Wakefield is delighted to be a Founding Friend of the NRL Cowboys House program which is a boarding and educational facility enabling Indigenous students from remote North Queensland communities to attend secondary school in Townsville. Our partnership will help NRL Cowboys House support the students in achieving their goals in their educational and extra-curricular pursuits.

We are excited to be able to positively impact the lives of young Indigenous Australians. We see the educational opportunities being provided to young North Queenslanders from remote communities as being an exceptional way to create positive change in the community. We look forward to a continued partnership with NRL Cowboys House and seeing the stories of these young men unfold.

Cowboys Community Foundation

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