Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd (JGA) is part of Jacobs, an international company employing 66,000 people in more than 30 countries, established in 1947. Since the recent merger of Jacobs with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), JGA is undergoing transformational change. SKM was awarded the Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) citation from 2006 to 2013. Dr Michael Shirley, who transitioned from SKM to JGA, is committed to actively advancing equality across the business and as an advocate for the consulting industry as a Consult Champion of Change. JGA has a diversity and inclusion vision, which is ‘to be recognised as an industry leader in embracing and leveraging diversity to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace and improved business growth’.

As the Australian economy moves from its mining and resources base to one based on technology, advanced manufacturing and innovation, the challenges for consulting companies like JGA will include employing, training and maintaining the most talented women and men for new work environments.

What can Jacobs do to broaden diversity in the workplace and ensure JGA is drawing from the widest possible talent pool? Read the case study here.

“We are committed to creative an equal workplace, and gender equality is at the core of our diversity and inclusion strategy. I am proud to be leading Jacobs ANZ in this area as we strive to create change internally, and across the wider industry. Our involvement with the workplace gender equity strategy project was a valuable experience enabling us to assess our progress and provided guidance on the key drivers for gender equality success.” – Dr Michael Shirley, National Champion of Change and Group Vice President



Avatar of Antonia Mochan Antonia Mochan
Leadershift Project Manager
Avatar of Dr Deborah Towns Dr Deborah Towns
Research Associate
Avatar of Dr Jesse E. Olsen Dr Jesse E. Olsen
Senior Research Fellow
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Avatar of Simon Corcoran Simon Corcoran

Research Project

This publication is an output of the project entitled: Case Studies.


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Jacobs: Making gender equality the responsibility of all