Back in 2016, SHAPE Australia partnered with The David Liddiard Group to create DLG SHAPE. 

A majority Indigenous owned and managed construction business, DLG SHAPE combines the knowledge and experience of Indigenous business owner David Liddiard, OAM, and former SHAPE CEO, Michael Barnes.

Both passionate about collaboration, opportunity and equality, they came together to share their vision of a more equitable Australia and Indigenous economic independence through employment and commercial activity.

DLG SHAPE brings spaces to life for the Federal and State Governments and a wide variety of end-users, including offices, hospitals, educational facilities, hotels, retail, and public environments, they are committed to high Indigenous employment targets of a minimum of 10% local Indigenous engagement on every project and achieving outstanding work results.

Indigenous Engagement Commitment

DLG SHAPE shares a vision of a more equitable Australia and Indigenous economic independence through employment and commercial activity.

DLG SHAPE is committed to

  • Increasing opportunities for Indigenous Australians within our company and procuring products and services from Indigenous companies.
  • Acknowledging the diversity of Indigenous people in Australia and strive to appreciate the needs of individuals, their communities and their relationship with the land.
  • Understanding the importance of a good relationship with local Indigenous communities, our team works hard to identify and provide opportunities wherever possible.
  • Understanding that mentoring and workplace coaching contributes to successful long-term employment and we will continue to provide this. We promote respect and appropriate communication.

Over the last five years, DLG SHAPE has completed over 70 Projects and generated over $70 Million in revenue on construction fit-out and refurbishment services across Australia for both government and private sector clients.

As part of their The Sleeping Giant, Social Return on Investment (SROI) Report, Supply Nation uses a multiplier to measure a businesses social return on investment. For every dollar of revenue, Certified Indigenous Suppliers create $4.41 of economic and social value. The report also found that Indigenous businesses employ more than thirty times the proportion of Indigenous people than other businesses, providing training to staff and a connection to culture.

DLG SHAPE shares a vision of a more equitable Australia and Indigenous economic independence through employment and commercial activity.

Recent Achievements for DLG SHAPE

  • DLG SHAPE was recently the first Indigenous company to become a member of The Green Building Council of Australia
  • They are working with The Property Council of Australia to develop an Industry Diploma in Facilities Management.
  • The DLG Team travelled to schools around Australia to donate laptops, books and other supplies to students at Macleay Vocational College, Taree High School and the schools on Groote Eylandt Island.
  • Hosted a thought-provoking NAIDOC Week Panel discussion with past and present First Nations Sportspeople.
  • Participated in Reconciliation Week and Giveback week activities across Australia, including refurbishments of important Indigenous education centres such as Tranby Indigenous Adult Education & Training Centre in NSW and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Space in VIC
  • DLG is proud to be sponsoring Darwin’s Casuarina Football Club, which recently made it to the premier league competition!

We are so excited for what the future holds for DLG SHAPE and are proud to see them further contribute to creating opportunities for Indigenous business across Australia.

Learn more about DLG SHAPE here!

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