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Kinaway & Arup – A Promising Partnership


Art work was created for Arup by Gilimbaa, an Indigenous creative agency. The motif was developed by Tarni O’Shea; a proud Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman who is strongly inspired by the celebration of culture and bringing it to the forefront of the creative process.

For many of our Kinaway Partners, the reconciliation journey begins with a conversation with one of our businesses. Government and Corporates are always looking to take their part in reconciliation through the myriad of Indigenous and Social Procurement policies across Australia. This encourages these large enterprises to step out and to start diversifying their supply chains and increase their Indigenous employment.

We are excited to have formed a new corporate partnership with Arup, an organisation with over 25 years of experience working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Since 1993 Arup has been involved in the design, delivery, operation, and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community infrastructure.

Arup has launched two Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). These RAP’s provide the framework on how the organisation will realise the opportunity for Indigenous business and provide career pathways for our mob.

With a passion to develop enduring relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economy Arup has internally inspired staff to enrol in NAIDOC Week activities, National Reconciliation Week events, and Yarn circles/workshops held by their Aboriginal Vocational Officer Keith Brandy. Arup provides up to four hours of paid leave for staff to take part in these events.

Already kicking goals with CareerTrackers, Engineering Aid Australia, and the Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School, Arup has demonstrated their commitment to reconciliation through meaningful engagement with the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business sector.

Arup understands when it comes to our First Peoples that each area of Australia is different. In order to have greater effectiveness in the Victorian Indigenous business sector, it was vital to partner with a more local and dedicated Victorian organisation.

Kinaway currently boasts three hundred Victorian certified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, the partnership with Arup, one of the world’s leading professional firms, means we will be able to work together to upskill, collaborate and integrate into Arup’s supply chain.

On the day to day, both Kinaway and Arup will hold initial workshops and  cultural awareness training to advocate positive and fact-based changes in both organisations. Arup is looking to allocate discipline leads to help establish supplier panels and inspire staff to discover the wider benefits of social procurement outcomes.

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce welcomes Arup as a Partner in the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait economy.

Kinaway is from the Gunnai language meaning “exchange.”

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is the leading Victorian organisation dedicated to supporting Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners. Our focus is on changing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives through a strength-based model of business ownership and participation in the Victorian economy.

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce works closely with businesses by providing

  • Support
  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Partnerships

These services provide an essential framework to promote and support the ongoing operation of Aboriginal businesses.

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce fosters and develops partnerships with government, corporates, and academia to build procurement opportunities and facilitate support to Aboriginal businesses.



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