The Shape Agency ran Dying with Dignity’s Victorian State Election campaign in 2018, mustering support for Australia’s first voluntary assisted dying legislation.
With short timeframes, we created an integrated digital and traditional media campaign which generated more than 100,000 engagements in four weeks and multiple hits in the Herald-Sun and mainstream broadcast media.
A simple website, integrated with Facebook, and premium digital content including three powerful videos combined with strong newspaper coverage to reach Victorian voters, particularly those in marginal seats.
Robocalls featuring Andrew Denton were the final push to ensure voluntary assisted dying remained a talking point in a cliffhanger election campaign.
By using traditional and new media, our strategy steadily intensified pressure on political players, culminating with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy committing to leave the legislation untouched during the final week of the campaign.
We are proud we’ve helped lift the standing of the engineering profession in Australia. Working with Professionals Australia, the Shape Agency has helped convince multiple state governments to implement a mandatory, statutory registration scheme for engineers.
Registration provides a critical oversight mechanism to maintain professionalism, competent practice and ethical conduct in the engineering sector, but most importantly acts to protect the safety of workers and the community.
By creating a national engineering campaign – Engineering a Better Future – we have strengthened recognition and respect for the profession and influenced specific workplace reforms and government policy.
Utilising digital tools such as Facebook and email, we drove engagement with a website that encouraged engineers to get involved with the campaign and help push the message both in the broader community and by specifically targeting policy makers.
Victoria has already put legislation in the parliament for a scheme which will come into effect this year. The ACT has also indicted they will establish a registration scheme, mirroring the long-established system in Queensland.
The campaign also successfully pushed for the creation of Chief Engineers, with four jurisdictions adopting the position.
While continuing to push for statutory registration, Professional Australia also engaged the Shape Agency to develop its own accredited registration scheme, RPEng, which has seen thousands of engineers sign up as members.
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, provide access to employment and training, or help the environment. Guided by their mission, they reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus for a broader community benefit.
Social enterprises represent an important and growing sector which help improve social equity while easing the burden on government services. There are currently more than 3500 social enterprises trading across Victoria, employing an estimated 60,000 people and contributing more than $5.2 billion to the state’s economy.
We supported our client Social Traders, producing Australia’s first Social Enterprise Strategy to help drive and develop policy while also producing the final document for government.
The process involved liaising with government agencies, myriad stakeholders, policy coordination and extensive drafting. The policy had a long incubation period, and we were called in to bring it home in a tight timeframe.
Adopted by the Victorian government and launched in 2017, the strategy continues to be rolled out today and has been widely hailed by the state and national social enterprise sector.
See the strategy here.
It’s an alarming statistic – construction workers in Victoria have the highest suicide rate of any workforce, with roughly one death reported every month.
Industry redundancy fund Incolink turned to The Shape Agency to help raise awareness of this vital issue and save lives.
Together we devised the Bluehats suicide prevention initiative, helping workers experiencing who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts by creating a culture of talking about the issue and an army of trained “Bluehats” available onsite to offer a sympathetic ear and support workers.
The Shape Agency carried out market research to ensure the communications strategy and campaign design was based on a clear understanding of our audience. We then produce a multifaceted campaign including branding, targeted advertising, on-site brand activation and media relations.
We managed a successful campaign launch which garnered widespread print, television and radio coverage. Better yet, our client reports that the Bluehats are already making a real difference to workers’ lives on-site.
Obesity is one of the greatest health challenges facing Australia, growing at an alarming rate over the past decade despite improving awareness about the health impacts.
When the Obesity Collective – an alliance of more than 100 research, corporate and advocacy organisations – came together to rouse action on the issue, they turned to The Shape Agency to deliver their message.
We developed a campaign strategy to raise the profile of the issue in the Federal Election, kickstarting with a new report Weighing In: Australia’s growing obesity epidemic which outlined the scale of the problem.
The report received broad coverage, including front page of the Fairfax/Nine papers, and generated over 500 news items across TV, radio and online.
This public focus on obesity formed the context for the Collective’s policy submission to government, which was also written, branded and designed by The Shape Agency.
We continue to work with the Obesity Collective to drive meaningful action on this pressing issue.