DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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The Property Council is committed to building a diverse and inclusive industry. Together we’re creating, planning and building for generations.
Champions of change coalition - property
The Champions of Change Coalition – Property Group was established in 2015 and today includes 24 members who lead some 35,000 employees, in 9 jurisdictions.
2020 marks 10 years since 8 Australian business leaders came together to form the Male Champions of Change to step up and take action on gender equality. The name change in 2020 from Male Champions of Change to Champions of Change Coalition is a milestone that reflects the growth and natural evolution of the groups work.
In March 2021 a Steering Committee was established to guide governance, the agenda, membership and performance criteria. The Steering Committee is led by Bob Johnston, a founding member of the Property Champions of Change who has worked to progress critical areas of focus over the last six years including normalising flexible work and addressing everyday sexism.
The Champions of Change Property Group pays tribute to the founding Convenor, Carol Schwartz AO, who stepped down from the role after six years in March 2021.
The Property Group meet quarterly to discuss progress advancing their Action Plans and share insights and challenges in accelerating change. The formation of the Property Group builds on our diversity and inclusion programs and is a public commitment by the Champions to use their individual and collective leadership to advance women’s leadership and gender equality across the industry.
The group’s foundation actions include leading on gender reporting in the property sector, normalising flexibility and caring, growing the talent pool, closing the gender pay gap and building an inclusive industry.
For further information on the Champions of Change Coalition, visit championsofchangecoalition.org/
500 women in property
500 Women in Property is an initiative of the Property Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Committees throughout Australia and is a sponsorship program. The program aims to accelerate more women into leadership positions in the property industry through sponsorship of high potential executive level and pipeline talent. It involves a personal commitment from Property Council Members (women and men) to identify and champion women in their organisation or business sphere, who they believe would benefit from further networking and professional development opportunities.
500 Women in Property has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 2016, with over 2,500 women participating in the program nationally. The ongoing success of the program relies on the personal commitment of the sponsors as well as the participants to actively engage in the opportunities on offer.
We have a special Congress registration offer for 2022 500 Women in Property participants and sponsors – click here to find out more!
Property Council members who are 35 years and under at the time of the scheduled event, have the opportunity to attend The Property Congress for a discounted rate. In 2019 the event had 22% of future leaders in attendance, the Property Council will continue to target its young leaders and maintain the 25% attendance rate at 2022’s event.
To find out more about this years discount click here.
YOUNG INDIGENOUS PROGRAM
The program will offer indigenous property students/interns with the opportunity to attend The Property Congress 2022 as our guests. They will be invited to attend meet and greets with key keynote speakers and/or industry leaders throughout the conference.
The Property Council acknowledges the tens of thousands of years of continuous custodianship and placemaking by First Nations peoples and their proud role in our shared future. We thank them for their custodianship of Country – land, seas and skies.
We acknowledge the diversity of First Nations cultures, histories and peoples, and we pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We particularly thank and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Property Congress Hobart takes places. We pay our respect to the Muwinina people, – to pay respect to those that have passed before us and to acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal people who are the custodians of this land.
FIRST NATIONS PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM
In January 2021, the Property Council launched its first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
As part of our commitment to forging deeper relationships with First Nations peoples, we have created a pilot program, the First Nations Professionals Program, as part of The Property Congress. In partnership with GJK Facility Services, we are offering a handful of First Nations Professionals from the property sector the opportunity to attend The Property Congress. This is a pilot program so we will be learning along the journey with our participants from Lendlease, SHAPE, WSP and Rork Projects.
A huge thank you to GJK Facility Services for generously supporting this program and collaborating with us to work towards a more reconciled property industry.
You can access our Reconciliation Action Plan here or contact our Reconciliation Working Group via our reconciliation email: email@example.com.