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Through reconciliation Jobs Australia works towards a fair and equitable Australia in which all Australians participate collaboratively, economically and socially. We value and encourage an inclusive culture that recognises and respects Australia’s heritage.

 

What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation recognises and respects the special place, culture, rights and contribution of Aboriginal Strait Islander peoples: and where good relationships between First Australians and other Australians become the foundation for local strength and success; and the enhancement of our national wellbeing...”

www.reconciliation Australia

 

Jobs Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan

  1. Vision for Reconciliation
  2. Objective
  3. RAP Development Process
  4. National Events
  5. Reconciliation Action Plan

 


 

Vision for Reconciliation

Through reconciliation Jobs Australia works towards a fair and equitable Australia in which all Australians participate collaboratively, economically and socially. We value and encourage an inclusive culture that recognises and respects Australia’s heritage.

 

Objective

Jobs Australia supports its membership to provide services that enable participation and build positive and long lasting change in our communities through employment, education, advice and advocacy.

 

RAP Development Process

The process for developing the Jobs Australia RAP has been an inclusive exercise engaging 60% of Jobs Australia staff and providing a valuable opportunity for staff to connect with each other, and in a safe and supported environment begin to increase their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous affairs and culture.

During the development of the RAP, five new staff commenced at Jobs Australia and were keen to be involved in the process. The approach to developing the RAP and the contribution by new and existing staff has resulted in a RAP that is grounded in understanding and experience and fresh with new ideas that people own and are excited to implement.

The process for developing the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) commenced in late 2011 with several conversations taking place between: David Thompson, AM, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jobs Australia and Chair of the Jobs Australia Foundation; May Lam, Deputy CEO of Jobs Australia; and Jodie Belyea, Manager of the Jobs Australia Foundation about the need to develop a RAP for Jobs Australia and the Jobs Australia Foundation. As a result of these discussions a number of internal and external representatives,  Jobs Australia Directors and staff members, were  invited to participate on the RAP Working Group: Ron Miers, Chairman of the Jobs Australia Board; Dennis Batty, the Coordinator of the Indigenous Training Network; and Margaret Balsillie, Human Resources /Industrial Relations Advisor with the Industrial Relations Department and Jodie Belyea.

Materials relating to the process for developing a RAP were obtained from Reconciliation Australia and an Action Plan drafted for consideration at the first meeting of the Working Group. At this meeting, Dennis Batty was appointed Champion for the RAP and the Action Plan adopted and another meeting scheduled to develop the content for the Jobs Australia Staff RAP Workshop. It was identified at this meeting that Jobs Australia was in a unique position being: an employer; a member organisation; and a peak body representing other organisations that employ and provide services to Indigenous Australians. As a result it was agreed to include internal and external actions under the three focus areas:  Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.

  1. Internal actions relate to activities that Jobs Australia implement with and for staff; and
  2. External actions focus on activities that Jobs Australia would implement for and with its members.

A key focus of the RAP action plan was the inclusion of Jobs Australia staff in the development process. Two workshops were arranged to consult with staff, at the first workshop staff were provided with information and opportunities to understand:

  • Reconciliation;
  • the purpose of a RAP;
  • RAPs that other organisations have developed;
  • Current reconciliation activities implemented by Jobs Australia; and 
  • Possible activities that Jobs Australia could implement in the future.

The first workshop was attended by 12 staff (including the RAP Working Group). Ideas and opportunities for inclusion in the RAP were brainstormed in small groups and then collated and refined into the first draft of the RAP. The first draft was presented to 10 staff for final feedback. Following this the document was forwarded to the CEO for consideration and further consolidation.

Following this the RAP was sent to Reconciliation Australia (RA) for review and feedback. The document was further refined by RA and then presented to the Jobs Australia Board for endorsement.