Reconciliation Action Plan 2023
The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program is a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. RAP’s are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. RAP’s create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Through the program, the WorkPac Group has developed our third Innovate RAP — which is a business plan that documents what we as an organisation commit to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Our RAP gives the organisation the best chance of achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement objectives, and delivering broader outcomes including:
The opportunity to become an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A more dynamic, innovative and diverse workforce.
A more culturally safe and tolerant workplace.
Access to new markets and better penetration of existing markets.
Better service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
The opportunity to contribute to new projects, industries, services, products and ways of doing business.
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RAP ARTWORK AND STORY
This artwork represents the journey of Workpac, and the strong relationships developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. The main meeting place circles of Aqua-greens is Workpac respectively building connections and pathways and creating opportunities.
This artwork depicts the story and symbols of Aboriginal and Torres Strait lands, The vast country, bush, outback and inlet waters and saltwater oceans.
This artwork shows the diverse communities that are of today, how together we can create opportunities and build stronger, better relationships with First Nation people.
About the artistS
Trevor Eastwood and Jason Douglas met as firefighters 13 years ago protecting our communities in western Sydney. Both of their fathers are respected elders in their communities and are deeply worried that their knowledge, skills and culture are not getting passed down so are happy their legacy continues with the work they are doing. As parents themselves, both Trevor and Jason understand the importance of culture and the power it plays in connecting people.
DALMARRI comes from the meaning MEETING PLACE and is perfect for what they teach in learning, engaging and connecting to all communities.
‘Life is short, but art lives forever.’
ABOUT our COMMITMENT
At WorkPac we aim to provide a work environment that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and values and that is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and vilification. Our culture respects, values and responds to the rich diversity of our employees.
February 2023 saw the launch of our second Reconciliation Action Plan. In the last two years the successes we have seen throughout our RAP journey have been very rewarding. Sharing these successes with our local communities and within our organisation, allows us to build our team’s knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding and foster both respect and opportunity.
At WorkPac Group we are in a unique position to reach communities all over Australia and are committed to ensuring that all members of the communities in which we operate are given the opportunity to participate in employment and further develop and acquire new skills. Our reconciliation action plan outcomes are underpinned by producing greater employment and training outcomes as well as being more involved with community engagement events and activities.
Our vision for reconciliation is for the recruitment industry to focus on educating clients on culturally safe hiring practices and strengthening key relationships between WorkPac, First Nations employees and candidates, and our clients. It is these key relationships that foster and support the restoration of equity, dignity, and respect through demonstration and engagement across our sphere of influence in the recruitment market in a wide range of industries. Reconciliation for WorkPac means seeking guidance and working in collaboration with First Nations peoples to better educate and influence our business associates, developing education, training, and sustainable employment opportunities. WorkPac is aiming to foster equal and equitable career and educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to ensure that all Australians are recognised as equal contributors to community and make up our rich and diverse cultural identity and workforce.
We are extremely proud of the work we have done so far, but we recognise we still have a long way to go. As this is WorkPac’s third RAP, we seek to ensure the launch and implementation of this RAP will continually support the work required to realise our vision. We look to embed our knowledge and learning gained, by reflecting on previous RAPs, and identify, if we achieved what we said we would, as well as setting new challenges and build on existing ones. Strengthening our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both internally and externally, whilst understanding and exercising the important part we play as a business in the workforce nationally toward reconciliation.
The development of our RAP is through great collaboration across all our teams and the understanding and respect for each other stands out as the main drivers in achieving employment and training outcomes. We look forward to further solidifying our relationships with all our stakeholders and we are thankful for the assistance and support provided by all our staff across Australia in ensuring our commitments made are delivered in full.
Our RAP now forms part of the fabric of our entire organisation, it is a key part of our culture and we endeavour to continuously improve on how we can make a meaningful contribution in the communities we operate in.
For an update on what we achieved during our 2017/2019 RAP click here.
For a copy of our 2019/2020 Reconciliation Action plan click here.
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