Confirmed as one of Australia's top employers


Laing O’Rourke confirmed as one of Australia’s leading employers for new dads

Laing O’Rourke has been confirmed as one of Australia’s top 20 workplaces for new dads and publicly recognised as an organisation that is leading the way with family-friendly policies.

The study, geared towards revealing the best workplaces for new dads, analysed the policies and procedures at Australia’s 500 largest companies to generate the top 20 places.

Laing O’Rourke’s General Manager of Human Capital, Helen Fraser, said this recognition illustrates our commitment to ensuring that our people have the opportunity to enjoy time with their family at the same time as advancing their career.

“Laing O’Rourke’s industry-leading Parental Leave Policy has set a new benchmark for the provision of family-friendly Parental Leave and Partner Leave for Mums and Dads.

“We recognise that many Dads are reluctant to ask for parental leave or to work flexibly, and by opening up paid parental leave to the men in our business, the conversation is changing. Men taking advantage of paid parental leave is becoming accepted in our business, and across our industry and that’s for a fantastic outcome for everyone.

“We ensure our employees are supported by the business, allowing them to appropriately respond to the myriad personal and professional demands that life can bring.”
Laing O’Rourke is dedicated to becoming an attractive workplace for men and women across the industry.

Last year, Laing O’Rourke’s Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke was confirmed as a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador, and the company was confirmed as an ‘Endorsed Employer for Women’ by Work180.
Other initiatives introduced by Laing O’Rourke include:

  • Industry-leading paid parental leave (26 weeks paid leave for primary carers)
  • Inspiring STEM+ - a school engagement programme designed to encourage more girls into STEM courses at university and ultimately careers in construction and engineering
  • Keep in Touch and Return to Work coaching programs for all staff on parental leave; and
  • A Connecting Women network – a program of events designed to build engagement and greater visibility of our female leaders and to provide a forum for connecting our women, role modelling careers, and building new networks for support and advice.