We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this land and we pay our respect to their Elders past, present and future.
The first Inclusion & Diversity Council’s pillar is an ongoing journey with meaningful learnings and a commitment to future efforts. Our reconciliation journey began in 2007, with three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees who sat down to meet and discuss what could be. Over the years the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network group has evolved and grown. It now acts as an advisory group on internal and external projects and programs, including the development of Ausgrid's Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pillar was the first employee resource group of the Inclusion and Diversity Council and is committed to:
Reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. It is about respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians (Australian Government).
As a part of Ausgrid's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we are working together to build momentum towards achieving our vision for reconciliation. Our immediate goal on the path to achieving this vision is building internal awareness of the journey of reconciliation and the important role our RAP plays towards supporting an inclusive and diverse workforce.
Our vision for reconciliation is an energy industry that recognises the Traditional Owners of the lands we operate on and celebrates our connection to country. It is important that we recognise that our customers and infrastructure live on ancestral lands.
The RAP has four areas each with specific deliverables: Respect, Relationships, Opportunity and Governance.