Extending our actions and building on our achievements.
We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in August 2008. The plan was originally developed through dialogue with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other employees across the state. A project manager was appointed to monitor and manage our commitments.
The 2019–21 RAP is our fifth revision of the RAP. In developing this, we consulted with our Aboriginal employees, the Aboriginal community and the RAP Working Group. The delivery of this plan is not only the responsibility of our RAP committee, Human Resources or Aboriginal Affairs. We all share ownership of these actions.
Each action in our refreshed plan is designed to embed cultural change in our organisation and contribute to closing the unacceptable gap in life expectancy, education and economic opportunities that currently exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.
2019–21 Reconciliation Action Plan priorities
We believe that enduring relationships with Aboriginal communities are necessary for our business success. We understand and recognise that Aboriginal people are important stakeholders, and that our operations must consider Aboriginal heritage, cultural and social concerns as well as native title rights.
Focus area: Engaging with Aboriginal people and communities.
Raising the visibility and recognising the contribution of Aboriginal people to Australia will help us to learn about the understandings, histories and diversity of cultures of our first people. Respectful practices help foster positive relationships and maximise opportunities for two-way learning within our organisation and with our Aboriginal stakeholders.
Focus area: To recognise the special contribution of Aboriginal people to Australia, enabling greater confidence in the actions we undertake in order to achieve the objectives of our Reconciliation Action Plan
Creating new ways of attracting, developing and retaining talent presents an opportunity for two-way learning within the organisation. This will create the building blocks for Aboriginal engagement capacity and knowledge exchange in relation to land, culture and water and through employment, training, development and mentoring opportunities.
Focus area: Create training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within the Water Corporation.
To track progress and report.
Partnering with Aboriginal businesses
As part of our ongoing commitment to develop our relationships with Aboriginal people and communities, we endeavour to provide opportunities to partner in our operations through co-operative ventures. This allows us to increase the representation of Aboriginal owned and part-owned businesses in our procurement contracts for goods, works and services.
We are inviting suitably qualified businesses to express their interest in becoming a Water Corporation supplier by registering for eProcurement.