1. Pursue a diversified funding base
Secure and maintain ongoing funding to provide and expand services to our industry. It is important to maintain key relationships and to perform well at our Core Business
2. Strategic Alliances
Develop alliances / relationships with other organisations associated with the Construction Industry.
Maintaining and developing industry alliance is a core focus of MATES in Construction. Key relationships at a national level includes:
- Employer Associations: Master Builders Association, Australian Contractors Association, Housing Industry Association, Civil Contractors Federation
- Trade Unions: CFMEU, CEPU, AMWU and AWU, ACTU
- Government and Statutory Authorities: Commonwealth Mental Health Commission, Comcare, Department of Health, ABCC, Safework
- Industry Schemes and organisations: CBUS, ACIRT, Protect, National Safety Council of Australia,
- Industry Service Providers:
- Not-for-profit sector: Suicide Prevention Australia, ACOSS, National Mental Health Council
- Major Builders and Clients – Major national builders, Governments, Developers
3. Lift the profile of Mates in Construction
We need to take every opportunity to raise the profile of MATES in Construction in terms of the programs we have developed and their effectiveness. Our clear focus needs to stay on the construction industry. The national organisation will work to protect, promote and enhance the MATES in Construction brand nationally.
4. Good and Transparent Governance
While recognizing the autonomous nature of each member organization and franchise of MATES in Construction Australia we will take all necessary steps to protect the integrity and trust in the brand. MATES in Construction will in consultation with the members and franchises develop good and transparent governance standards for MATES in Construction Australia and its members.
5. National Body for Workplace Suicide prevention in Australia
While MATES in Construction Australia initially only include MATES in Construction branded organisations we will remain open and flexible in our dealings with other likeminded organisations. It is our vision that Workplace based suicide prevention following community development principles must have a strong national voice. We believe national coordination is necessary in attracting appropriate National funding to the sector.
6. Mates in Construction Compliance program
Strategies for a nationally consistent implementation of the MATES in Construction program is a core business strategy. This strategy will include the material used on sites and its delivery. This strategy will also include a focus on increasing the number of sites nationally who have achieved the agreed MIC Accreditation standard seeking to make this accreditation the minimum benchmark for good mental health and wellbeing on site in Australia.
7. Staff Training and Development
For MIC to continue to be effective in delivering quality suicide intervention and prevention initiatives, it needs to keep a clear focus on the training and development of its staff. The corollary to this is the development of a long range succession plan for both the staff and the Board.
MATES in Construction is an evidence based organisation. The program was created based on a research project into suicides in the Queensland Commercial Building and Construction Industry. As an organisation we are committed to ensure our work align with best practice and to share the learning from the MATES in Construction program with other likeminded organisations.
9. Strategically expand the MATES in Construction
We will seek to pilot the MATES in Construction program in another industry to demonstrate its versatility. Where requested we will also expand the program in the construction industry in other states. However at all times expansion of the program must be driven by the relevant industry in each area being supported by both employers, and employer and employee organisations.
10. Seek best practice
MATES in Construction will continually monitor best practice within the field of community based suicide prevention and adjust the program accordingly. We will seek registration on best practice registers where possible.