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Indigenous business is everyone’s business

We proudly support the Government’s priority to improve the wellbeing and opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our business and internal operations.

The department has developed an Indigenous Business is Everyone’s Business Framework to help employees and stakeholders better understand the department’s philosophy of Indigenous business is everyone’s business. The framework consists of three elements: the right people, the right capabilities, and the right policies and programs. Each element brings together initiatives and documents to guide employees in embedding this philosophy into everything that they do.

In 2017–18, the department will progress initiatives that build on our cultural capability, including ensuring the principles of the framework are embedded into our business practices and become part of the way we work.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The department’s 2014–2017 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides the framework through which the department commits to practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The department remains committed to being an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and through our RAP we aim to increase our representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to 4.5 per cent by December 2017. We proudly support the Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy so we can foster Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business, create jobs and employ more Indigenous Australians.

Reflecting the different stages of an organisation’s reconciliation journey, there are four types of RAP an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate. The department’s 2014–2017 RAP sits at the Stretch level. The department is currently undergoing a consultative process to consider whether the department can achieve an Elevate RAP for implementation from 2018.