At Australis, we believe in using our privilege and success to give back to the communities we live and work in. Working in the construction industry, we are conscious of the high rates of suicide and mental health battles for our workers; this is why we’re passionate about supporting charities like Lifeline who work to reduce suicide rates around Australia. We also believe in helping to bring abundance to places that do not have the privilege afforded to us here in Australia by sponsoring charities overseas; we work with charities such as Kyampsi Childcare Ministries who are working to end child sacrifice in Uganda.
We also love to give back to the regional communities we work in; sponsoring local sports teams, events, and charities such as –
Australis Roofing supports an African charity that aims to end child sacrifice. KCM rescue and rehabilitate children that have been affected by ritual sacrifices, trafficking, and other forms of exploitation in Uganda. KCM also advocate for the criminalisation of child sacrifice and work to capture and convict child sacrifice offenders, lobby for laws to declare the practice illegal, and rehabilitate the children who have been mutilated.
We sponsor a child named Fatuma Naiga, we make monthly payments to KCM which allows for Fatuma to receive an education, school supplies clothing and meals. Australis have also donated nearly $50,000 to help build a school and rehabilitation centre for KCM. The Director, Scott, and CEO, Danielle, have visited KCM in 2019 and helped with the initial development of the school and rehabilitation centre.
This short clip was filmed and edited by Shot Imagery in Uganda in 2019 and gives a great insight into the situation and what KCM are doing.
Australis believes mental health is one of the most important focuses for the company and the team. Australis is dedicated to improving the teams access to mental health services, promoting an open and safe workplace for mental health experiences, and supporting charity initiatives. Australis has supported Lifeline Queensland in a number of campaigns; Lifeline Queensland is a charity dedicated to supporting Australians through their toughest times and saving lives.
Our team members have dedicated their time and energy to compete in the 2022 Brisbane Marathon and 2022 Sunshine Coast Marathon in support of Lifeline Queensland and the work they do. To date, the team has raised close to $10,000 through the marathon’s which went directly to Lifeline Queensland.
In 2017, Australis worked closely with Lifeline Broken Hill on their ‘How’z ya mate?’ campaign. This campaign was developed as an initiative to get men asking their mates how they are and start the conversation about mental health.
Lifeline Broken Hill had developed the idea of ‘How’z ya mate’ campaign in 2015 but did not have the funds to make it come to life. Jonah Ortega of Lifeline Broken Hill met with Scott, our Director, in Broken Hill in 2017 while Australis was doing works in the area. Jonah and Scott eventually ended up discussing the campaign and Scott was keen to help out – Australis donated $12,500 to Lifeline for the campaign.
The funds donated by Australis allowed for the campaign to be developed and marketed across the country – ‘How’z ya mate?’ is now a national campaign.
At Australis, the health of our employees is a top priority. We recognise that the construction industry is a highly demanding profession and that can mean health and self-care can often be put as a low priority. Every day, 8.6 Australians die by suicide; 75% of those who take their own lives are male. We want to empower our team, and others in the industry, to be suicide-safe through advocacy, education, and by providing opportunities for connection. To help us do this, Australis has partnered with Lifeline Queensland to help bring support to our team, and those we work with in the broader construction community.
In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of September 2022, we held a breakfast with the teams on our Laing O’Rourke Shoalwater Defence and Hutchinson Builders Gladstone Green Energy sites to discuss suicide awareness and provide everyone with some tools around mental health and suicide. We want to encourage a safe space for everyone on our team to discuss mental health. We talked to the teams about suicide awareness, identifying suicide signs in ourselves and others, how to have respectful conversations around suicide, and tools we can use to help prevent suicide.
The response we received from our teams, and clients, was fantastic and we are proud of what we achieved with our people. We look forward to future events where we can continue to raise awareness of mental health and suicide, and continue to break down barriers.