We know that to build a more equitable Australia, we need to support and engage Indigenous community groups, education and mentoring programmes, sporting teams and reconciliation initiatives across Australia.
Over the years, our teams have taken a proactive role in doing just that. We build relationships with the local Indigenous communities in which we work, and donate time, money and resources to organisations and initiatives that create positive futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mainly youth.
we lead by example.
We support Indigenous learning and training, and work with industry and education institutions to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the built environment.
The DLG SHAPE team have travelled to schools around Australia to donate laptops, books, sporting gear and other supplies to students at Macleay Vocational College, Taree High School, and on Groote Eylandt. We also donate to the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB) in New South Wales, a support programme that works with 1500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Years 5 to 12 across 27 schools around the Dubbo and Wellington districts.
DLG SHAPE has participated in pro-bono refurbishments of important Indigenous education centres across Australia as part of Reconciliation Week and Give Back Week activities with its minority owner SHAPE. These include Tranby Indigenous Adult Education & Training Centre and Yurungai Early Learning Centre in Sydney, and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Space in Melbourne.
Our people sit on advisory boards for Western Sydney University and University of Technology Sydney. We are currently working with RMIT and Deakin University to develop a plan to grow their Indigenous student cohort in construction courses.
We are also developing an Industry Diploma in Facilities Management, alongside Knight Frank, The Property Council of Australia and Tranby to open a pathway for Indigenous adults into this discipline.
DLG SHAPE is a Supply Nation certified Indigenous business and has a longstanding history with the not-for-profit organisation. David Liddiard, the founder of the David Liddiard Group, DLG SHAPE’s majority owner, was instrumental in working with the Australian Government to establish the Australian Minority Supply Council, now known as Supply Nation.
Supply Nation matches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with Australia’s corporate sector. As a proud member, we create new partnerships with Indigenous suppliers and subcontractors to meet our target of 10% local Indigenous engagement on every project.
DLG SHAPE is the first Aboriginal construction business to become a member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). We continue this tradition from our minority owner SHAPE, a founding member of GBCA.
We are proud of our contribution toward assisting the GBCA to incorporate the guiding principles of the Australian Indigenous Design Charter into the Green Star Innovation Challenge and Green Star Buildings credit.
We are a major sponsor of the Casuarina Football Club, a proudly successful, inclusive, and multicultural club based in Darwin.