Reconciliation Action Plan
In March 2021, as part of our commitment to all communities across Australia, we embarked on the exciting journey of developing our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Developed by the RAP working group and supported by the whole WISE Team, our Reflect RAP outlines our commitment and responsibilities in engaging with and recognising our diverse community.
Since its inception, WISE has empowered over 215,000 job outcomes for unemployed Australians, including people living with disability, those with mental health conditions, from diverse cultural backgrounds, and other individuals experiencing forms of disadvantage that inhibit ‘free and fair’ access to finding and keeping a job and, therefore, from the opportunity to improve and transform their quality of life. Operating across Australian communities, from the Top End to Tasmania, we have firsthand experience and knowledge of the gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing across employment, health and education.
While we have been proactive in many of the initiatives in the services we offer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we also recognise there is a long way to go, that we should strive to do more and that we can do even better.
This Reflect RAP represents a commitment and desire from all levels of our organisation, from our staff at our sites around Australia to management, corporate and Executive levels, to the vision of a reconciled Australia, where First Nations people have equal and equitable opportunities for employment, education and health.
Through a reflection of our past and present experiences, our Reflect RAP lays out the foundation for our future contributions to reconciliation and closing the gap. It outlines key steps from strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the communities we serve, improving our knowledge and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, welcoming more First Nations people into our services and our teams, and creating better opportunities for employment outcomes and improved wellbeing for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In committing to and delivering on these actions, we will strengthen our capacity to work with, and support First Nations communities across Australia and make a positive contribution to reconciliation and equity.
The original artwork in this RAP was commissioned by WISE Employment as part of our Art Project, and created by Ann Blythe, a proud Gamilaraay woman.