People & Culture

At South Haven Group we pride ourselves on our internal culture and are proud of the team we have on board. This is a snap shot of our daily lives at South Haven Group.

Our Culture

Having built the company on the foundations of mutual respect, integrity, trust and excellent professional relationships, we place enormous value on our people. As a group, we are whole-heartedly committed to enabling and growing strong, lasting relationships. This defines a culture that encourages and rewards achievement, excellence, and dedication, which in turn attracts people to the company’s vision of creating rewarding experiences.

The pursuit of excellence drives everything we do, and that is why our people are the best in their field.

To view a snapshot of what it’s like to be a part of the South Haven family, click here.

South Haven Life

At South Haven Group, it’s not all just blueprints, hard-hats and spreadsheets. We are a group of dedicated and hard-working personalities that also like to have fun. Our photo gallery below shows a snapshot of what it’s like to be part of the team and the fun that we have along the way.

From our annual lawn bowls event to golfing afternoons, Masterchef classes, International Harmony Day lunches and wine tastings, there’s always something to look forward to with colleagues in our social diaries!

Our Goal

Our goal is to support the careers of our employees by providing a rewarding environment to work in, enabling career progression and facilitating job satisfaction.  We promote a healthy work/life balance and are proud to have a high employee retention rate.

Our Purpose

To create, deliver and own great properties that inspire and reward.

Our Values

  • Courageous
  • Accountable
  • Evolving
  • Selfless
  • Collaborative


Our Philanthropic Work

We recognise the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the community in positive and effective ways. Since our inception in 1986, we have been actively involved in the community by assisting various charitable organisations.

South Haven Group’s founders Ian and Gary Pratt, together with their family, have been long-term supporters of organ donation. Gary has chaired a committee to raise awareness for organ donation, which has been instrumental in bringing the issue to the attention of the Government and increasing the rate of organ donation participation in Australia.

Ian is a past President of Ashcare, a non-profit organisation that exists to support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities achieve their goals in life. He served as its Honorary Treasurer for over 15 years as well as the Chairman of both the Finance Committee and Fundraising Committee. During this time, South Haven Group built a house in Blackburn to accommodate seven people with severe and multiple disabilities, both accident induced and genetically acquired, and their carers. The house provided state-of-the-art facilities to enable its tenants to live as normal a life as possible with assisted care.

Ian assisted in the smooth merger of Ashcare and Scope, being one of the first of its kind in the disability sector.

We proudly host a number of fundraising events for a variety of causes, including:

  • Daffodil Day Morning Tea, Cancer Council
  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council
  • Winter Coat Collection Drive and Soup Lunch, Off Your Back
  • Jeans for Genes Day Morning Tea, Medical Research Institute
  • Cup Cake Day, RSPCA
  • Movember

Current Opportunities

At South Haven Group, we are always on the look-out for new talent. If you’re someone who will stop at nothing to produce the very best work, we want to hear from you. Whether you’re a Carpenter, Project Manager or Administration Assistant, get in touch with us at



“I love working at South Haven Group because even though the business has grown so much over the past 30 years, it’s still maintained those core values that were set from day one – it’s a really warm, welcoming family-type culture. Being a part of a progressive, forward-thinking Leadership Team is also very inspiring.”


“It’s a pleasure to work within a business that has a strong focus on family values, and a clear strategy and vision. Our leaders are visible and accessible, so we always feel supported. There is also lots of pride in everything we do which makes for a very fulfilling working week!”


“At South Haven we have a successful business already and it’s not resting on its laurels. We’ve got growth aspirations and I think it’s exciting to be part of that. All the staff have the opportunity to make a difference and have an impact so I think there’s lots of opportunities coming for staff with those aspirations. It’s all very exciting.

Working with a group of like-minded people who stop at nothing to achieve the very best without taking short-cuts is extremely fulfilling. I think we have a community-based ethic in the way that consideration for others in and outside of our workspace is a big part of our culture.

I work in Finance and across the board there’s quite a lot to do. We’re always looking at making sure the business is well run and that we are providing quality information and helping all the leaders to achieve their departmental goals.

We read a lot in the paper about the property industry and it’s always headline news. It makes it a difficult industry to work in, but it’s really challenging and very fulfilling when we can secure a successful project.”