“More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.”
2021 marks twenty years of the organisation Reconciliation Australia, and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
Our vision at Formation Workspaces is to meaningfully engage with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in order to build reciprocal capacity while creating value and opportunities for Indigenous employment and businesses from our project supply chains wherever possible.
Formation Workspaces commits to procurement and specification processes that deliver long-term economic and social benefits for Indigenous Australians. We do this through adopting a proactive approach for the inclusion of Indigenous enterprises in our supply chain by:
Supporting non-Indigenous enterprises that demonstrate a commitment to Indigenous businesses via their own supply chains.
Formation Workspaces was engaged by the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (OOSGG) to provide lead design consultant services for the re-development of their workspaces within the Honours Building, located on the grounds of Government House in Canberra.
The Governor-General is the Chancellor of the Order of Australia. The Honours Secretariat is responsible for administering and researching nominations for the Order of Australia, in addition to various other honours and awards for civilian and military service.
This office interior design and fitout project sought to transform the existing workplace practices of Secretariat staff. Formation Workspaces managed a close user consultation process, including workshops and surveys.
The consultation process helped us to fully understand the working needs of the various user groups within the space, while promoting staff buy-in and their successful transition into a new space and working system.
Office fitout works involved the interior modification of the original, dated workspaces into a modern office space that provided staff with quiet workstation areas to effectively facilitate individual research work.
Outside of the quiet workstation zone, a number of collaboration and meeting spaces were built to accommodate teamwork and one-on-one consultation, while excluding noise from entering quiet zones. Ergonomic sit-stand workstations were combined with modern IT fixtures including dual monitor arms and CPU holders to free up functional desk space for the user. Acoustic treatments were specified throughout the work areas to effectively manage noise within the space.
Following successful completion, Formation Workspaces was subsequently re-engaged by the OOSGG to deliver a second stage of office fitout works within the Honours Building. This included the conversion of existing storage spaces into functional office space which aligned with the office design concept of the first stage, and a re-design of the building’s workshop spaces.
Formation Workspaces is proud to provide comprehensive office fitout design and construction management services to meet the needs of the OOSGG and other government clients who perform valuable functions of significant benefit to Australian society.