Participating in Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program is a strategic commitment to connecting and collaborating with First Nations peoples and celebrating the unique contributions they make to the communities we serve in Australia. If we want to create a brighter future together, we need to work together and we need to listen.
We have been working closely with Reconciliation Australia since developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We delivered this first Reflect RAP between November 2020 and November 2021. We’ve learned that relationships come before business; it’s important to consider the human aspect, slow down the pace, do fewer things better, and yarn without agenda. We’ve learned that honest conversations may be uncomfortable, but they bring us closer together. In addition, building a grassroots network of champions across the business is vital: Everyone owns reconciliation. Listening, learning, and building trust is more important than doing, achieving and counting. Our RAP Steering Committee and RAP Champions hold the responsibility of educating leaders on the need to balance corporate needs for measured outcomes with the need to take the time to make genuine long-term impact which cannot always be immediately seen.