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Submission Number
1054
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Arup
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Sky Park
One Melbourne Quarter
National Indigenous Australians Agency 699 Collins Street
PO Box 2191 Docklands Vic 3008
Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
t +61 3 9668 5500
co-designvoice@niaa.gov.au d +61 3 9668 5428
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rachel.nicholls@arup.com
www.arup.com

25 March 2021

Dear Sir/Madam

Arup response to Indigenous Voice Discussion Paper

Arup is an international advisory, design, planning and engineering consultancy with 1300
staff in Australia. We deliver a wide range of projects across the built environment for
public and private clients. For over 25 years we have worked with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples, communities, organisations and businesses, across urban, regional
and remote Australia.

Arup’s aim is to shape a better world. This underpins not only the work we do but also
the way we do it. Arup strongly believes in the value of equal opportunities for all and is
committed to reconciliation (through our Reconciliation Action Plan) and inclusion.

Arup recognises many of our own values in the principles outlined in the Indigenous Voice
Discussion Paper, in particular: Empowerment, Inclusive Participation, Community-led
Design, Capability Driven and Data and Evidence-based Decision Making. We’ve
witnessed the value of these principles in our own work across all our projects, and also
witnessed compromised project outcomes in instances where it has not been possible to
apply all of these principles.

Our experience is that effective ongoing local engagement and participation leads to more
successful projects that help build capacity, realise opportunities and provide long term
sustainable outcomes for local communities.

Arup Pty Ltd ABN 18 000 966 165
25 March 2021
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Arup supports the proposal for a Voice to Parliament for Australia’s First Nation
peoples that:

 Is co-designed, developed and implemented with the continued involvement and
support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
 Enables both the National Voice as well as the local and regional Voice, to ensure
meaningful representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at different
levels of government and decision making
 Has the ability to hear from a diversity of Voices within communities and across
geographies
 Includes mechanisms to enhance the capability of communities to participate and be
represented in the Voice

Yours sincerely

Rachel Nicholls
Principal