As all organisations in Australia reflect on their implementation of the Respect@Work recommendations and subsequent new legislation, new and innovative ways to change cultures are emerging.

In 2021 Aurecon, together with VicHealth and the Behavioural Insights Team, ran an organisation-wide, evidence-based behavioural change campaign to increase the likelihood of people taking action when experiencing or witnessing sexism or sexual harassment in the workplace.

The content of this campaign is now informing an e-learn and leader-led conversation to turn every Aurecon employee into an upstander against sexism, sexual harassment and other behaviours not aligned to building a safe and inclusive culture.


Penny Rush is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager for Aurecon for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

She has a background in policy, research, communication and stakeholder engagement across the corporate, government and consulting sectors. Prior to her role at Aurecon, Penny was a member of the DEI team at PwC.

She is committed to challenging gender stereotypes and expectations to re-invent the world of work and care.

About Aurecon

Aurecon is a design, engineering and advisory company, with 6,500 employees across Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and nine countries in Asia. Aurecon’s purpose is bringing ideas to life, to imagine and co-create with our clients a better future for people and the planet.

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