A disability services organisation, an Indigenous construction company and a management services group have joined forces to create jobs for those with disability and Indigenous people, in an Australian-first private-sector collaboration.

Aruma, Maroo and CBRE Global Workplace Solutions have entered into an agreement to improve career opportunities through direct employment, subcontracting, mentoring, and training, supported by a ‘Equalify’ brand awareness campaign.  

“There are 250,000 people with a disability in Australia that are job-ready,” Aruma CEO Dr Martin Laverty said, adding that the alliance is one-way Aruma is helping to match them with meaningful employment opportunities.

Maroo CEO Mark Coleman, said: “We’ve realised strong growth in the Indigenous business sector and hope that sharing our knowledge and experience will replicate these outcomes for all underrepresented Australians.”

According to CBRE GWS Asia Pacific regional president Jayne Pryce, the new alliance will help deliver meaningful economic opportunities and “more equitable outcomes for people with disabilities and Indigenous people”.