GPT promotes an inclusive workplace where employee differences like gender, age, ethnicity, culture, disability and lifestyle choices are valued. The unique skills, perspectives and experience that our employees possess promotes greater creativity and innovation that better reflects and serves the needs of our diverse customer base, ultimately driving improved business performance.
GPT is committed to creating a diverse workforce by providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, learning & talent development, promotion and remuneration; and is compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
Working at GPT not only provides all employees with the opportunity to work for one of Australia’s largest diversified listed property groups but also an organisation that is industry recognised for its commitment to diversity.
GPT was proud to be acknowledged for our commitment to diversity through recognition as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Human Resources Institute Awards in The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Award for Gender Equity in the Workplace category.
To drive sustainable change and truly foster diversity, in 2014 GPT embarked on a cultural change process comprised of a suite of initiatives carefully integrated into an industry leading gender diversity program. Focusing on developing, progressing and retaining female employees, this program has comprised a range of initiatives which shape our working life at GPT.
GPT’s workforce is 52% female, with 36.7% of senior leadership roles (up from 27% in 2013) and 42% of Board director positions held by women at the end of 2015.
GPT understands that executive sponsorship and commitment is key to creating meaningful change and thus a Diversity Working Group (DWG) was established in 2014, bringing together our senior women, CEO and Head of People and Performance to discuss and review opportunities to support our females in the workplace.
The Property Male Champions of Change (PMCC) is another collaborative initiative GPT is actively participating in. Founded in 2015 by the Property Council of Australia, the PMCC aims to drive greater gender equality in the property industry and increase the number of women in leadership roles. GPT has been a foundation member of the PMCC and through our CEO, Bob Johnston, is today leading the action group ‘Mainstreaming Flexibility’.
Australia’s First Nation’s People
The GPT Group is committed to creating positive change within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in which it operates and in the broader Australian society.
Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for the benefit of all Australians. GPT is focused on creating innovative programs that deliver impactful and sustainable change.
GPT’s First Nation employment and retention strategy aims to increase the participation of First Nation’s people in our workforce by offering employment opportunities, sponsored internships and graduate scholarships.
As part of our commitment to increasing First Australian employment participation at GPT, The Group set a target to reach 2.5% First Nations participation in our workforce, which was achieved in 2015.
We develop and retain our First Nations employees by offering them opportunities within the organisation to broaden their skills and experience. The development activities include graduate and intern rotations and mentoring relationships. We actively seek to appoint our students into suitable permanent opportunities that become available and encourage our non-student group to apply for internal transfer and promotion opportunities.
Sources First Nations employees via direct recruitment, employee referrals and via third party employment agencies.
Partners directly with educational institutions to increase the number of Indigenous graduating students in the fields of study most relevant to the property sector. Our current scholarship programs are with RMIT and Western Sydney University.
Partners with Career Trackers Indigenous Internship Program, an organisation which supports pre-professional university students to participate in paid multi-year internships. GPT provides sponsored internships with the aim of converting interns into full-time employees upon completion of their university degree. Career Trackers also provides a wide spectrum of support to help prepare students for leadership in the workplace and the community.
Engages existing First Nations employees in promoting career opportunities within GPT.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
In 2014 GPT began the process to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan and proudly submitted a Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation Australia.
GPT launched its inaugural Innovate RAP on 12 October 2015
GPT's RAP houses the commitments and targets to make an important contribution to the journey towards Reconciliation and to improving the lives of Australia’s First Nation’s People.
In 2015, GPT had a target to achieve 2.5% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in our business, consistent with the general Australian population. We are proud to have achieved a result of 3% (up from 1.8%), with our focus in 2016 to convert more of these employees into permanent positions with the Group.
More detailed information on GPT’s diversity initiatives and outcomes can also be found in our Sustainability reporting.