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Indigenous Australians

Reconciliation Action Plan 2019

On 3 April 2019, the Office launched its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2019. The RAP focuses on improving our relationship with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and increasing staff understanding of the cultural significance of the places where they live and work.

Our RAP provides a public commitment to continuing reconciliation. It includes practical steps to build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and to increase our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. The RAP is part of our work to make our services more accessible to Indigenous peoples.

International Year of Indigenous Languages

To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Office engaged a Ngunnawal traditional custodian to teach senior staff and RAP Working Group members how to present an Acknowledgment of Country in Ngunnawal language.

2018 NAIDOC week

In July 2018, the Office invited the Wiradjuri Echoes to perform for the Office during NAIDOC Week. The Wiradjuri Echoes shared their culture and history through a traditional performance and dance.

National Reconciliation Week 2019

For National Reconciliation Week 2019, the Office held several events across each of our Office’s locations. These events included a Welcome to Country by traditional custodians, naming meeting rooms in local Indigenous languages, a ‘sea of hands’ capturing staff thoughts on what reconciliation means to them, staff cook-ups using Indigenous colours and ingredients, as well as a series of talks by Indigenous guest speakers. These events helped build staff understanding and appreciation of the importance of National Reconciliation Week in line with this year’s theme of ‘grounded in truth’.