Culture & community

Our people, clients and community are at the heart of what we do.

We are committed to creating opportunities to support our communities through a range of programs, underpinned by our embedded firm values.

Corporate social responsibility: Co2

It is also our aim to promote teamwork, work-life balance, empathy and compassion, increase team morale, commitment and truly live our values beyond our work environment.

For the past three consecutive years, when surveyed, all staff have nominated mental health as the number one priority for our firm’s engagement and corporate social responsibility focus. Mental Health is a contributing factor for many issues faced by Australians. In recognition of this, our annual staff and partner survey consistently demonstrates our desire to ensure that we show our support to assisting each other and organisations that support those that experience mental illness, health challenges, closely followed by Children and those experiencing homelessness.

The major community programs we support each year are listed below. Beyond fundraising, our focus is on educating and bringing to light the stories of our own people managing adversity and showing resilience.

Learning & development

At SW we are passionate about building the capabilities of our people and supporting their career growth.


BOLD Framework

Our tailored learning framework BOLD (Building Our Leadership and Development) framework clarifies behaviour and capability expectations of our employees at every level. Our programs are purpose built and tailored to our people, their profession and their personal interests.

Our BOLD Capability & Development Framework is used to support:

  • Lateral and campus recruitment endeavours
  • Performance appraisal processes
  • The identification the requirements for your role
  • Focused learning & development activities including encouraging you to take more responsibility for your own development, and
  • Talent management efforts which help prepare our leaders for success.


Chartered Accountant (CA) Program

Your CA is our CA – as part of our Graduate program, we pay for incoming Grads to complete your CA and provide you with the required study leave.


LinkedIn Learning

E-learning is becoming a great choice for many of us – we can choose the time and place of our learning and learn at a pace that suits our commitments, both at work and at home. We encourage our people to engage in new thinking and tools as a positive way to break up their day and bring fresh ideas and thoughts to day-to-day work.

Health & wellness

The health and wellbeing of our people has always been a priority for us and now more than ever since the onset of the global pandemic and the requirement of our people to work from home, SW is committed to supporting our people.


The Wellness Wing

Our dedicated health & wellbeing program is a holistic program that focuses on one key aspect of wellbeing per season.

  • Summer: physical wellbeing
  • Autumn: financial wellbeing
  • Winter: occupational wellbeing
  • Spring: mental wellbeing

Mission: The Wellness Wing focuses on enhancing the health and wellbeing of our people and create a workplace culture of health.

Employee Assistance Program: Assure

At SW we have partnered with Assure to provide support for and improve the mental health and wellbeing of our people and staff.

Assure is one of Australia’s leading mental health organisations and take a holistic model of counselling, wellbeing coaching and evidence-based development programs to assist individuals, teams and organisations across the entire mental wellbeing spectrum.

Statement of Intention to support Reconciliation

SW acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

SW is committed to Reconciliation and is currently developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This forms part of our adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and framework that we believe will support inclusion, create opportunities of employment and support cultural safety of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people within our firm.

RAP’s were introduced to support organisations in working through a considered process that engages people and communities to understand what reconciliation best means for them now, and in the future.

Our RAP journey begins as: Reflect – Scoping capacity for reconciliation. The intent is to ‘reflect’ on engagement with Indigenous Australians, create a vision, and ensure our commitments can create strong RAPs in the future. Throughout last year, a lot of groundwork was put in place to assist us in moving forward with this process now, through a RAP Working Group.

Each RAP takes time to develop, and what is important to note is that it is the journey that we undertake together towards deepening our understanding of the role we can play in reconciliation that is significant. We believe that with our values of Open Doors and Own It, we can together make a meaningful commitment to improve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

RAP ID: RAP – 029696

National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples coming together to learn and celebrate our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

The 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations and government – to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Voluntary Modern Slavery Statement

With awareness around modern slavery growing and compliance increasing, the conversation globally regarding human rights is improving. For this reason, the SW Board endorsed our inaugural voluntary Modern Slavery Statement.

Our teams are driving an agenda through our sustainability focus to support clients understanding of their supply chain impacts, consider the adoption of voluntary disclosure and realise their wider impact on the world.

We appreciate that for our clients, it is important that we demonstrate that we understand their stakeholders, with respect to communities, indigenous peoples’ and human rights. At all times, our team, will be of aware of and comply with any human rights commitments and in doing so, respect your communities.


As part of our commitment to our communities, our staff and partners are involved with many NFP organisations, volunteering their time to provide their audit, tax and advisory services in a professional capacity. The positions they hold include Auditor, Board Member & Chair of Risk & Finance, Chair of Finance & Risk Committee, Chairman, Company Secretary, Deputy Chair & Committee Member, Director, Finance Director & Board Member, Fundraiser, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and Volunteer.


Volunteer’s day

Our staff and partners have the opportunity to take an Annual Volunteers Day, where they can select a registered charity of business and participate in any relevant activity.