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By finding solutions to complex challenges and opportunities, we transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in. We offer services from infrastructure and property development to rail and building. We always go further in serving the needs of our customers, putting ourselves in their shoes and ensuring we deliver not only for them – but for their customers too.

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Who We Are

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At John Holland we're up for the challange of improving lives

By finding solutions to complex challenges and opportunities, we  transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in.

We work in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, offering services from infrastructure and property development to rail and building.

We always go further in serving the needs of our customers, putting ourselves in their shoes and ensuring we deliver not only for them – but for their customers too.  

For us, it’s not about what we do, but why we do it and who will benefit.

We believe in sticking right beside our customers through every link of the project lifecycle to make sure the future of our cities and regional centres are as bright as they can be.

Our parent company, CCCI, is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), which is listed on the Hong Kong (1800.HK) and Shanghai Stock Exchanges (601800SH).

CCCC is one of the world's largest infrastructure construction companies. It is currently ranked #110 on the Fortune 500 list and #3 in Global Contractors by Engineering News Record (ENR). It is well recognised for technical expertise and execution of complex infrastructure including bridges, high speed rail, deep water port development and social infrastructure.

As the overseas investment arm of CCCC, CCCI is well-positioned to invest abroad on behalf of CCCC and finance CCCC’s projects through diversified funding channels, with four core business segments:

  • Direct investment in overseas businesses
  • Relevant project financing
  • Cross-border M&As
  • Overseas asset management and operations

Program Overview

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We understand that choosing where to start your career is a big decision. That’s why we have designed a Graduate Program that provides a structured learning experience through rotations, learning and development opportunities and support.

The two-year Graduate Program offers you soft skills development, on-the-job learning and opportunities to network with senior leaders representing John Holland’s broad operations. Our projects are located in both metropolitan and regional areas. To learn and grow as much as possible during your time on the program, it is essential that you are prepared to relocate. The skills and knowledge that you develop will give you a professional advantage in the increasingly competitive workforce, wherever your career may take you. We are proud that many of our past graduates are now in various senior roles throughout John Holland.

Our graduate program also provides driven and high performing graduates the unique opportunity for early completion at the 18-month mark, thereby making the concept of ‘fast-tracking your career’ a reality. It is all what you make of it – make it yours!

To find out more, keep reading about the different streams of interest below. If you have any specific questions about the program, please contact the Learning & Development Team on [email protected]

John Holland Graduates

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Graduate Engineer - Bradley

What's your job about?

I am currently working to install irrigation pipelines as part of the Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project in Echuca, Northern Victoria. This project consists of upgrading irrigation infrastructure over a region approximately 10,000 sq km.

In my role I manage pipeline projects from the later phases of design right through to completion.

To achieve this, there are a variety of tasks involved. From receiving the scope of works, it is necessary to undergo a design review to understand the complexities of the works and any potential issues you may encounter. From this, materials are procured, subcontractors are engaged and affected landholders are contacted and consulted.

From the start through to the completion of construction, my job revolves around monitoring the cost, the program, checking on the quality of the works, solving any ad hoc problems and most importantly, making sure that the works undertaken are done to the safest of standards.

Because our job covers a large region, a lot of my day is spent on the phone or in the car. Some sites are over 2 hours away so travelling to site takes up a lot of my time. I spend a lot of time on the phone to subcontractors and suppliers trying to deal with issues, ensuring these problems are resolved effectively. Essentially, I try to do whatever I can to keep the project moving and solve construction issues as soon as they arise.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

Construction and in particular working on projects is challenging. The atmosphere on projects is that of a team working together towards a common goal. You often spend a lot of time with your colleagues on the project, eventually becoming your close friends. I am incredibly grateful that I have had the chance to do my job whilst also making some life-long friends. To see a project successfully completed with your team is extremely rewarding and provides a great deal of job satisfaction.


Graduate Systems Engineer - Courtney

What's your job about?

John Holland is currently a part of many big projects including Sydney Metro City & Southwest, Canberra Metro and Airport East. John Holland has formed many joint ventures partnerships including with Laing O’Rourke, CPB and Lendlease.

This year I have been involved in two tenders; Sydney Metro Sydenham Station Junction Tender and Sydney Metro Central Station Tender. I am now a part of the Target Cost Development Stage for the Sydney Metro Sydenham Station Junction project. I am working with the Design Manager to coordinate the design between the architects, designers and client.

My daily tasks include:

  • Attending design coordination meetings and taking minutes
  • Submitting “Request For Information” (RFIs) to the client from architects and designers to solve contractual queries, design queries or ask for document information.
  • Tracking these RFIs and responding back to the architects and designers with information received from the client.
  • Coordinating “Technical Advisory Notes (TANs)” for all the design packages. These TANs contain design information to inform the construction and estimating teams for costing the project. 
  • Scheduling in activities to align with project milestones dates and procession dates

What’s your background?

High School: Merici College, 2006 - 2011

I grew up in Canberra and attended Merici Collage, an all-girls high school. I lived in France and studied French when I was 16 years old for the summer holidays. I worked at Wendys the ice creamery and then Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre during college and into University. During high school I enjoyed lots of sports including mixed futsal, snow sports team, mixed netball and dance.

University: The Australian National University, 2012 - 2016

I studied Systems Engineering at The Australian National University. I worked as an undergraduate at Indesco, a civil consultancy firm, in the land development team during my final two years at university. I completed an honours project in assessing the use of Stormwater Polypropylene Pipes in residential development within the ACT. This involved burying polypropylene pipes into different soil types with different cover heights, then driving a large water truck over the pipes and measuring the deflection of the pipes with a laser probe. The project was successful proving that polypropylene pipes do deflect differently under different conditions informing the ACT government on how polypropylene pipes can be used in residential development. Once I finished university, I wanted to move to Sydney and join a large company such as John Holland to work on large scale projects to get experience in construction methods, engineering principals and management. I moved to Sydney in 2017 and started working for John Holland in tendering for large rail projects. 

What's the coolest thing about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is being involved in design discussions and problem solving. I love coming up with solutions to time and design constraints to achieve an efficient constructible solution. I enjoy being across the design and involved in design discussions.

I also love that I have had the chance to experience two different projects this year. This gave me the opportunity to be a part of the utilities team and then get experience working with the design manager. Both were very different roles and taught me different skills.

I also get to work with driven, enthusiastic, passionate and fun people. In John Holland and especially in rail projects I have experienced great team work and felt valued in the project.


Building Graduate – Lachlan  

What's your job about?

I work for a company called John Holland who is well known in the construction industry and often involved in large scale infrastructure projects. I work as part of the Building Team on a New Corrections Centre up in northern NSW just outside of Grafton. The project is worth $700 million and will house around 1700 inmates when it’s completed in 2020. I’m the main point of contact for the precast subcontractor in regards to any technical aspects so many of my day to day activities revolve around ensuring they have what they need to in order to progress the works.

What's your background?

I grew up in Dubbo, a country town in NSW. I loved growing up there, it was a major hub for regional NSW so there was always plenty to do. I came from a big family, so I always had the opportunity to stay in the city with relatives. It was great having the best of both worlds where I could enjoy the country lifestyle in regional NSW but also experience city living when visiting relatives.

In Year 7, I went to boarding school in Sydney, which developed my independence, communication and leadership skills. During my university degree, I undertook work at TSA Management Pty Ltd in order to instigate my experience in the construction industry. Applying for graduate jobs was long and arduous, but luckily, I was selected to join the Graduate Program at John Holland. Within 4 months of starting work, I’d accepted a rotation to work up in Grafton. This was a big change, leaving everything I knew back in Sydney and moving somewhere even more regional than Dubbo, but I have never regretted my decision. I have lived here for 4 months now, it has been such a brilliant experience getting to know such an awesome team who have all made similar sacrifices to work on a regional project.  

What's the coolest thing about your job?

I think the coolest thing about my current position is the constant realisation of how massive the project is. You look at such tiny details on plans for so long leading up to the beginning of construction, and then each day when you go for a drive on site to inspect your package of works, it’s a great feeling to see it all coming together and realising it’s all much bigger than you thought.

People

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Our ability to transform lives hinges on the expertise of our people. Creating an environment that lets our employees thrive allows them to deliver solutions to complex challenges and opportunities while improving communities - one project at a time.

We know that our success, and the success of our projects, is based on our people. Regardless of where we work or what we’re working on, we’re committed to the development of motivated, competent people and through them the achievement of excellence. 

We work hard to attract and retain the best employees, and we provide opportunities for rich career experiences and a strong framework for on-going career development. 

Every project our employees work on has the capacity to transform lives. Everything we do is designed to deliver positive change for individuals, our customers, and the communities they live in.

We are committed to building, valuing and promoting diversity and inclusiveness across John Holland. We know that diverse perspectives ultimately result in greater innovation and better decisions – underpinning our business success.

Diversity and Inclusion - Equality

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At John Holland, our commitment to transforming lives extends to all those who work with us – including our employees and subcontractors and graduates. We know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace attracts the best people for the job, and we motivate and develop outstanding people – regardless of their gender, age or background.  

We are committed to ensuring both women and men have the same opportunities within our business, and we are proud to say that we are one of the first businesses in our industry to eliminate the gender pay gap.  

John Holland promotes three inclusion and diversity principles:   

1. Our employees are encouraged to be the best they can be. We embrace the unique diversity, skills and perspectives of all employees. We foster a safe, equitable, culturally appropriate and inclusive working environment that allows everyone to achieve their full potential.

2. Our employees are treated fairly and with respect. We treat everyone fairly and equitably and acknowledge the wealth of experience, knowledge, skills and ideas they bring. We embrace a culture that encourages constructive debate. We listen, engage with and understand our employees as unique individuals.

3. We are all responsible for diversity and inclusion. Achieving workplace diversity and building an inclusive culture is the responsibility of every employee in John Holland.  

With 40% of our Executive team being female, we are passionate about driving diversity from the top down. We understand the value that diversity can bring to our organization, ensuring we are in a stronger position to understand our customers’ needs and to deliver our vision of ‘transforming lives’.  

Hear from a current graduate: Annabella Reaper - Graduate Engineer  

"I’ve been able to visit a number of universities and speak about the John Holland graduate program to prospective students and educate young women through sharing my experiences in the construction industry.

One of the main questions I get from students is ‘What is it like being a female in the construction industry?’  

I tell them about my experience at University, and how I was the only girl in our group of 15, this gave me the perception all construction companies like John Holland would be male dominated.

Instead I was interviewed by two females, my first project had a female Delivery Manager, female Construction Manager, female Safety Manager, female Risk Manager, female Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, female Site engineer and female Undergraduate engineer”

Indigenous Engagement and Career Development

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The focus and commitment of John Holland Indigenous Engagement Strategy and RAP is to deliver long term, beneficial and reciprocal partnerships on a sustainable basis with Indigenous people, businesses and their communities.

Our commitment is to increase training, employment and supplier opportunities for Indigenous people and to enrich the broader John Holland employee base through building inclusion, understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and heritage.

Some of our key initiatives include:

  • Celebration of Significant Days
  • Cultural Training
  • Site Visits for local Indigenous school students supporting events such as ‘Career Aspiration Day’ in conjunction with local Indigenous Organisations and schools to inspire Indigenous young people to see the possibilities of a career in the construction industry
  • Pre-Employment Programs
  • Community Engagement
  • Indigenous Business Procurement
  • Established partnership with Australian Indigenous Engineering Summer School, members of Social Traders, Supply Nation and Diversity Council Australia and their Indigenous Corporate Network.
  • Indigenous intern programs with CareerTrackers

Infrastructure

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The Infrastructure Group comprises specialised engineering, design and construction capability across a broad range of sectors and for projects of varying sizes. Our expertise in infrastructure spans more than 2,500 projects in Australia alone, for both public and private entities. We also have a long history of delivering projects in international markets, most notably across South East Asia and New Zealand.

Our capabilities span across a number of sectors, from transport infrastructure, utilities, and resources, to renewables and tunnelling.

As an Infrastructure Graduate, you could be working on projects like West Gate Tunnel in VIC, Sydney Metro in NSW, or Sunshine Coast Airport in QLD.

Suitable majors:

Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics

Rail

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Home to Australia’s largest capability in the rail sector, the Rail Group undertakes projects in each state of Australia in urban, regional and remote desert environments.

We deliver complex multi-discipline rail projects and specialist projects covering operations, construction, maintenance and renewals of track, signalling, overhead line, stations, structures and tunnelling in both live operational environments and greenfield sites.

As a Rail Graduate, you could be working on projects like Melbourne Metro , Canberra Metro, or Sydney Metro Northwest.

Specialisations and respective suitable majors:

  • Signalling: Electrical, Mechatronics
  • Overhead Wiring: Electrical, Mechatronics
  • Systems: Systems, Mechatronics
  • Track: Civil

Building

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The Building Group provides the platform for the development of integrated building and operations solutions, from initial concept, to financing, planning, design, costing, construction, operations, maintenance and property management.

We provide technical expertise in geotechnical, foundations, structural systems, services distribution and architectural finishes, ensuring John Holland is at the forefront of new products and materials sourced from across our local, national and international supply chains.

As a Building Graduate, you could be working on projects like 275 George Street in Sydney, Clarence Correctional Centre in NSW, Flinders Gate in Melbourne, or Youth Justice Redevelopment in Melbourne.

Suitable majors:

Construction management, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical

Development & Investments

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John Holland is a fully integrated developer, investor, builder, owner and property asset manager. The Development & Investments Group (D&I) key objective is to generate business growth with a primary focus on:

  • Infrastructure development and investments (including PPP’s);
  • Property development – Transport Oriented Development (TOD) and urban renewal; and
  • Mergers and acquisitions – enhancing capability.

The Group intends to form strategic partnerships to deliver opportunities. These will be prioritised based on the strategic needs of the overall John Holland business, as well as the skills and capabilities residing within the business.

As a Development & Investments Graduate, you could be working closely with the Property team across all aspects of business to give you exposure to business development activities such as feasibility analysis and preparation of site acquisition bid submissions, investment committee papers, as well as the delivery stage day-to-day management of our active developments. This will involve preparation of monthly reports, financial modelling and financial and management reports of active developments. It will also include exposure to development applications and development planning, design management and construction management as well as marketing, leasing and sales.

Suitable majors:

Property Economics, Property Development, Construction Management and Property

Sustainability & Environment

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Our communities of the future are what we make them, and John Holland is proud to lead by example to ensure we help cities and towns become more productive, sustainable, liveable and inclusive. Our Sustainability Pathway is a framework that is based on three enduring goals: Great Place to Work; Better Lives and Future Thinking. It covers all geographies, places equal emphasis on our portfolios and takes responsibility for the impact of our work. Our goals guide how the business develops and executes its activities over the next ten years and beyond - to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

We proactively identify and manage environmental risks, and we take every opportunity to use our projects to ensure the protection of local ecosystems. We will identify energy efficiency opportunities and enable better waste management to give our clients an outcome that makes communities better.

As a Sustainability & Environment Graduate you could be involved in the implementation of project environment and sustainability programs to ensure adherence with relevant environmental legislation, regulations, contractual obligations, sustainability requirements and HSE procedures. You will have the opportunity to undertake frequent surveillance on site to ensure that all environmental obligations are implemented and maintained. You will be providing advice and guidance to the design, construction, commercial aspects, operations and other key project team in relation to sustainability requirements. You will support and champion a culture of thinking across the project and John Holland to help achieve the sustainability, environmental, social, financial and governance goals of our customers and communities.

Suitable majors:

Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability

Safety

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All our employees should trust that they will return home safely each day. To achieve this, we promise to:

  • Put safety first, always;
  • Show our commitment to safety in every action we take;
  • Make safety personal, always.

As a Safety Graduate, you will develop comprehensive knowledge of how we develop and implement safety principles and methodologies at a corporate level and how it translates to project level. You will gain exposure to our safety management functions through the rotations that you will undertake across our Infrastructure, Building and Rail projects. This role will provide the opportunity to analyse and identify safety and wellbeing issues to assist in developing new strategies and initiatives. You will gain hands-on safety consultation experience within the construction environment. You will play a part in ensuring that every individual at John Holland understands their obligations with regards to; the duty of care for people, community, Safety, Quality and Environment.

Suitable majors:

Occupational Health and Safety, Environment Health and Safety

Human Resources

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The People function partners with the business to provide an HR operational service focused on achieving the strategic objectives of John Holland through five key specialist areas:

  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Migration & Global Mobility
  • Talent, Diversity & Development
  • Resourcing

Together they provide the business with an edge in planning, winning and delivering work through the skills, employment initiatives and the development of our people. Each business unit and region in also have their designated People function to provide targeted support to our operations.

As a Human Resources Graduate, you could be based in the office or supporting the HR function directly on site on an Infrastructure, Building or Rail project. You will be providing advice and guidance on a wide range of HR related matters with the opportunity to support the implementation and delivery of development programs and key people initiatives.

Suitable majors:

Human Recourses, Industrial Relations, Employee Relations, Psychology

Safety

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John Holland is a fully integrated infrastructure and property group. Operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, we have been transforming city skylines, connecting regional centres and providing vital infrastructure for more than six decades. We think there’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees and those we work with. Caring for our people and the communities we work in is fundamentally important to us as an organisation and there is no project or deadline that justifies risking lives or injury.

Our John Holland Global Graduate Program provides an opportunity to gain well-rounded experience both in technical and soft skills, whilst working for one of Australia’s leading and most diverse engineering, construction and services providers. We are proud that many of our past graduates are now in various senior roles throughout the business and we look forward to developing the next leader in you.

Throughout the two-year program you will be supported through soft skills development, on-the- job experience and training, and opportunities to build lasting relationships with senior leaders representing John Holland’s diverse operations. Our projects are located in both metropolitan and regional areas, so it is essential that you are prepared to relocate if required.

As a Safety Graduate, you will develop comprehensive knowledge of how we develop and implement safety principles and methodologies at a corporate level and how it translates to project level. You will gain exposure to our safety management functions through the rotations that you will undertake across our Infrastructure, Building and Rail projects. This role will provide the opportunity to analyse and identify safety and wellbeing issues to assist in developing new strategies and initiatives. You will gain hands-on safety consultation experience within the construction environment. You will play a part in ensuring that every individual at John Holland understands their obligations with regard to; the duty of care for people, community, Safety, Quality and Environment.

We understand that our greatest resource is our people. We pride ourselves on being a market leader in targeting training, career development and remuneration. We provide long-term career options within an equal opportunity workplace where we recognise the importance of flexibility and a healthy work-life balance.

It’s an exciting time for us, with billions of dollars of work to deliver. We need the right people with the right attitude to help us succeed. What you need to know:

  • Submit your Cover Letter, Resume, Academic Transcript and Proof of Australia residency or citizenship via the “Apply” button
  • Assessment Centres and Offers will be concluded by July 2018
  • Start your new role in February 2019

Finance

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Finance and Group Services provides the framework for reporting, compliance and governance within John Holland. As business partners, the information provided from reporting enables informed strategic decisions to be made regarding the operations of the business.

As a Finance Graduate, you are offered the opportunity to get a breadth of experience across Management and Financial Reporting, Asset Management, Treasury Management and Project Reporting. You could be assisting the Finance and Accounting team in maintaining financial, accounting and administration to meet procedural, statutory and corporate standards. This will involve preparing income and balance sheet statements and prepare and/or consolidate other accounting statements and reports as required. In addition, you will support the development of operating budgets using data supplied, such as actual performance, previous budget figures, estimated revenue and expense reports.

You will also assist with prepare variance analysis on financial information and maintain records of operating performance for comparison with estimated budgets. You would also have the opportunity to rotate between Corporate Finance and Project Finance to develop a broad skillset.

Suitable majors:

Accounting, Finance

Communications

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The Corporate Affairs function of John Holland includes internal communications, external communications, marketing, brand and government relations. This includes managing all communications within the organisation, dealing with media and issues management, maintaining our social media accounts, providing marketing support, and managing branding for the business. It also involves providing government relations advice to the regions and business groups. In this way, the Corporate Affairs division is responsible for managing John Holland’s reputation and external perception in the market and with the community.

As a Communications Graduate, you could be involved in engaging project stakeholders and the local community, drafting tailored communications for multiple channels, identifying proactive media opportunities and devising strategies to mitigate construction impacts, all while working closely with some of the best talent in this field.

Suitable majors:

Communications, Marketing

Information Technology

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Information Technology at John Holland is part of the Engineering, Technology & Innovation (ETI) business group. The purpose of this function is to enable John Holland to harness knowledge, capability and innovation to create competitive advantage through uniqueness and global competitiveness. As ETI grows with the business, we need passionate people with a focus on creating intuitive solutions through innovative design and development.

As an IT Graduate you will be working as part of a team of professionals with a diverse range of skills focusing on the full development lifecycle of a project. John Holland is a large consumer of AWS products. Part of your role could be understanding and developing code to work in AWS with services such as CloudFormation, API Gateway and Lambda.

Suitable majors:

Information Technology, Information Systems, Software, Web Development

Inclusion & Diversity

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Our commitment to transforming lives extends to all those who work with us. We know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace attracts the best employees, regardless of what their background is.

We motivate and develop outstanding people – regardless of their gender, age or background.

Diversity and inclusiveness are about recognising, respecting and valuing differences based on all of the elements that make each human being unique. It is about creating a culture where different perspectives can be heard for the benefit of our communities.

John Holland employs a team of dedicated Inclusion & Diversity professionals and promotes three inclusion and diversity principles.

We committed to fixing the gender pay gap within our company and, in an industry-first, we are running an employment program for marginalised people in our industry.

  1. Our employees are encouraged to be the best they can be. We embrace the unique diversity, skills and perspectives of all employees. We foster a safe, equitable, culturally appropriate and inclusive working environment that allows everyone to achieve their full potential.
  2. Our employees are treated fairly and with respect. We treat everyone fairly and equitably and acknowledge the wealth of experience, knowledge, skills and ideas they bring. We embrace a culture that encourages constructive debate. We listen, engage with and understand our employees as unique individuals.
  3. We are all responsible for diversity and inclusion. Achieving workplace diversity and building an inclusive culture is the responsibility of every employee in John Holland.

Communities

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We want to transform communities for the better and are committed to incorporating what locals want into our projects. Our projects involve the community at every step, and we are committed to partnering with them to create the best results for our towns and cities.

Our community partnering approach includes:

  • Managing community impacts – Reducing the impact of our work on local communities.
  • Providing community benefits – Creating outcomes that support local communities and deliver lasting benefits.

The community benefits we create are in the form of a contribution of funding, labour, skills or knowledge to build lasting, positive legacies. We often offer these initiatives on top of what our customers require, to create a spirit of community development.

Health, Safety, Sustainability & Environment

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Health and Safety

Everybody who works with us has the right to go home safely. There is nothing more important. There is no project or deadline that will ever be more important than getting our people home safe. Our experience, and that of the wider industry, tells us that injury exposure comes from a consistent set of high risk activities that have the potential to cause harm. That is why we developed our Global Mandatory Requirements (GMRs). The GMRs are evidence- based requirements that set the minimum standard required for our workplaces when planning, managing and undertaking these high-risk activities.

Sustainability

Our communities of the future are what we make them, and John Holland is proud to lead by example to ensure we help cities and towns become more productive, sustainable, liveable and inclusive. Our goals guide how the business develops and executes its activities over the next ten years and beyond - to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

Environment

Preserving our environment for future generations is a focus of all our projects. To enhance our communities, we have to lead in environmental management.

Every project is unique, and every community deserves a future that is better than its past. We proactively identify and manage environmental risks, and we take every opportunity to use our projects to ensure the safety of local ecosystems. This is expected of our people and our subcontractors, and we work to build sustainably and efficiently.

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