Earlier this year, Slattery achieved gender balance across our business, following a sustained focus on recruitment, retention and promotion and fostering a workplace that reflects our society. We are incredibly proud of this achievement.

Slattery has always welcomed people, regardless of their gender, culture, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. But given women make up just 12% of the Australia’s construction workforce, we have made a strong and sustained commitment to achieve gender balance in our firm.

For the last 14 years, our annual women’s lunches have been a centrepiece of this commitment. When our Managing Director Sarah Slattery hosted the first lunch in 2009 it was a novel and necessary idea. Since then, our lunches have helped to build confidence, connections and thriving careers. We have been honoured to celebrate many talented women in our client firms and to shine a spotlight on the benefits of gender balanced teams.

But it is now time for Slattery to open a new chapter and to direct our investment to initiatives that catalyse positive change for all.

We will continue to champion gender diversity and to harness our strong women’s network, and we are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Parlour Collective as an ‘advocate’.

The Parlour Collective brings people together, advocates and promotes positive change, and facilitates the research and resources needed to shape the future of built environment professions. Slattery is joining a collective of influential built environment organisations, equally as committed to improving gender equity and inclusion.

Our work with the Property Council’s 500 Women in Property and mentoring programs continue to bear fruit. We are also looking at other partnerships that align with our values and further our commitment to female talent – whether that is by supporting women in the arts, sport, or in the built environment.

But we are also expanding the scope and ambition of our diversity initiatives. Slattery is proud to advocate not only for gender equity but for reconciliation, LGBTIQ+ advancement, a sustainable future, disability rights, and mental health awareness.

We launched our ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan in 2020 becoming the first quantity surveying firm to do so. We are taking a significant step forward with our Parental Leave Policy (watch this space with announcement coming soon).

“Slattery is determined to bring many different voices together,” says Managing Director Sarah Slattery.

“As we turn the leaf on an exciting new chapter, we are thrilled to be working with like-minded organisations committed to a dynamic, diverse industry where everyone belongs.”