A culture of inquiry

Ethos

We invest in a culture of inquiry, innovation, growth and development to maintain active engagement and participation in our communities and to enhance and celebrate the diversity of our studios.

Diversity + Inclusion

We deeply appreciate and consciously value the diversity and inclusion of all people, which flows through to every aspect of our design practices and workplace.

Our ethos recognises that to be at our best and our strongest, we must build on our diversity, foster belonging, and support inclusion.

Doing this enables those who work with or alongside us to feel able to bring their fullest contributions.

We strongly believe we all have a role to keep contributing, progressing and owning our individuality, and making space for the uniqueness of those around us.

Internship

Each year in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, we run an intern research program, where students across our disciplines dive into a research topic relevant for a three-week intensive.

This opportunity allows students to gain broad and practical experience and make industry connections, whilst getting a taste of their future career.

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Mentorship Program

The career and life experiences, as well as the guidance and technical knowledge, shared by our mentors has proved invaluable for many of our employees – some of whom have gone on to be mentors themselves.

Having the backing and knowledge of one of our more experienced or specialist team members can assist with identifying areas of development and how to address them, provide broadened networking opportunities and insight into the company, and assist in developing a greater appreciation of the industry.

Our team

National Forums

Our forums create opportunities to come together as a national practice for an intensive and shared learning experience. Sharing and developing ideas together, the outcomes focus on shaping what is important to our practice and our people, and how we can bring those values into the work we do.

Past forums

  • Thrive (2019) — Lorne, VIC
  • Design / Live / Love (2016) — Penrith, NSW
  • Rethinking The Strip (2012) — Richmond, VIC
  • Conversations About Place (2010) — Cairns, NT
  • Adaptive Design (2008) — Manly, NSW
  • Design for Liveability (2006) — Cairns, QLD
  • Sustainable Design (2004) — Chirnside Park, VIC
  • Strategic Planning (2002) — Werribee, VIC
  • ESD Design & Technology (2000) — Beechworth, VIC
  • Building on Tract’s History (1998) — Canberra, ACT

Reconciliation Action Plan

We are committed to our role as an organisation to address the inequity experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the way we do business and initiatives such as cultural awareness and training opportunities. This positions us to come together and work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as we desire to understand and respect their different cultures, values and beliefs.

As part of our journey, our in-house Reconciliation Action Plan working group, under the guidance of carefully selected external advisors, are developing our strategies and declarations to create a culturally inclusive workplace. We are more than happy to confirm the contents once they have been finalised.

Our RAP

Scholarship

For many of our team members, a passion for design and shaping our environments extends far beyond the workplace. Tract offer two scholarships to support and grow these passions – Travel Scholarship and Sketches Scholarship.

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