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Our Future

As we implement our new Innovate RAP, we look towards the next few years to develop new learnings and opportunities. We understand that pursuing reconciliation requires us to recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest living cultures on earth and the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work.

We must acknowledge the truths of historical colonisation and dispossession, and the social and economic inequity that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australians continue to experience as a direct result of these events.

To achieve the outcomes of our Innovate RAP and ensure that reconciliation is at the core of our strategic agenda and the driver of our strategic goals, we must be truthful and accept our past.

Our staff want to see meaningful change. We are committed to fulfilling the expectations of our community partners across the state who want to see real action toward reconciliation and to achieving meaningful targets and outcomes that will improve the lives and equality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in South Australia.

We commit to ensuring our staff will work toward understanding and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, experiences and rights and provide culturally safe workspaces free of racism. We will identify and engage staff in cultural learning experiences and training in cultural sensitivity and intelligence and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and voices in the workplace.

We will engage and listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations, non-government organisations, clients and staff. We will work with them to deliver the services they identify as important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold the answers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We will provide guidance and pathways to embed reconciliation and the priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in all aspects of our work: our staff, programs, funding, activities, opportunities and partnerships.

Our staff identify reconciliation as a process of acknowledgement, self-reflection, healing, justice, equity and respect. Their vision of a reconciled Australia is one that celebrates and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and one where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience the same opportunities and have the same health outcomes as non-Indigenous Australians. Our values of fairness, inclusion, opportunity and choice are uniquely positioned to support the fulfillment of this vision.

Reconciliation requires collective action. Every employee can champion reconciliation and contribute to progress in a meaningful way by taking an active interest in issues important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, industries, programs, services and arts; and by speaking out against racism.

Our Innovate RAP provides us the plan to guide us forward.

Page last updated : 23 Sep 2022

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