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Our Reconciliation Action Plan
In 2016, Australian Unity launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to affirm its commitment to build strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and businesses.
The RAP outlined key actions across the business that will provide practical support in progressing reconciliation in Australian Unity and the broader community. These key actions are underpinned by the guiding principles of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.
On 13 February 2008, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the Australian Government’s National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, acknowledging Australia’s wrongdoing which resulted in Stolen Generations.
In 2016, Australian Unity launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlined three themes – respect, relationships and opportunities – that would guide our approach to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.
We are proud of our diverse and inclusive workforce, and are committed to growing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through employment opportunities.
Australian Unity employs more than 250 people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and actively supports learning and development opportunities.
To further support our workforce to better engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, Australian Unity supports cultural awareness and competency training for all staff.
Australian Unity is a member of Supply Nation and is engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to provide products and services.
Australian Unity has increased its spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses by more than 40% since launching its Reconciliation Action Plan, and will continue its procurement strategy to increase spend.
Australian Unity’s procurement targets are underpinned by the principle of economic development. This informs our continued engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to further develop their capabilities.
Australian Unity is committed to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities with accessible products and services.
Through the Australian Unity framework of ‘learn and grow’ it is committed to ongoing community consultation, co-design and reporting. This process supports our business to better engage customers, and for customers to inform the design and delivery of products.
There are specific products and services being developed that engage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers and communities in the areas of Home and Disability Services, Trusts and Estates, Banking and Health Care.
Events and communications
We are committed to respectfully recognise the cultures, languages and histories of Australia’s First People, and seek to celebrate, educate and engage all Australians to deepen understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Australian Unity is proud of its ongoing support for NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week and other significant days including the National Apology. Through awareness, open and respectful dialogue and immersive experiences, Australian Unity is playing its part in developing informed conversations that promote greater reconciliation.
Governance and representation
Australian Unity continues to support the work of Reconciliation Australia, Supply Nation and the Business Council of Australia in shaping the reconciliation agenda of Australia through consultation and advocacy. In doing so, Australian Unity is engaging its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce to ensure their views and insights are heard.
Through the framework of ‘learn and grow’ projects, products and services are better informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Additionally, representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Reconciliation Steering Committee, and other key advisory committees has better enabled Australian Unity to engage with this community.
Australian Unity is proud to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community partners through the Australian Unity Foundation, employee initiatives and ongoing engagement: