The Academy Group of Companies is pleased to present our “Reflect” Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2018-19.
Formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in July, our RAP establishes our initial steps in our path towards reconciliation and reflects our unwavering commitment to implementing real change, with the goal to provide a positive impact within the communities where we operate.
Our Reflect RAP is focused on the core themes of Respect, Relationships and Opportunities.
Academy recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the unique value they bring to Australia as a nation. As a national organisation, we are committed to exploring and challenging our own understanding of Indigenous culture throughout the company, to examine our existing perceptions and understanding and then strive to develop a culturally aware workplace through cultural awareness training and community engagement.
We aim to establish and nurture connections with the traditional custodians of the lands in which we operate. We're committed to building authentic internal and external relationships with organisations championing the reconciliation movement, by sponsoring select not-for-profits and participating in and contributing to community events.
Academy is committed to fostering and encouraging Indigenous engagement across the entire scope of our company. We will endeavour to achieve a minimum 1.5% Indigenous employment target across all personnel, to identify and cultivate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees as candidates for potential leadership opportunities and plan and implement an Indigenous Internship program designed to upskill trainees and provide valuable workplace experience.
While the RAP is our initial step towards reconciliation, we understand there’s a long road ahead and we’re just beginning our own journey, but we hope the contributions of our company, and others like us, will help to reduce the inequalities between Indigenous and mainstream Australians.