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Sureway's Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Vision for Reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation is for all Australians to come together to achieve a socially inclusive community through acknowledgement and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Sureway is committed to acknowledging and demonstrating our respect for Australia’s First Peoples, by building respectful relationships and creating equal opportunities. We aim to develop understanding and build awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures throughout our organisation.

 

Sureway aims to do this by:

  • Respecting and building mutually beneficial relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations where we operate.
  • Creating an organisational setting where staff can develop a strong understanding and appreciation of the histories, cultures, and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Promoting employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

 

Our Commitment

This Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) demonstrates our respect for Australia’s First Peoples. It captures our commitment to build respectful relationships, create equal opportunities and promote the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through this plan our reconciliation journey will continue. The plan will inform, guide and become embedded in our operational policies, systems and planning, ensuring our continued support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is culturally appropriate.

Our RAP will build on the activities we have previously undertaken to enhance our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and help us find opportunities to replicate success across our organisation.

We are proud to join Reconciliation Australia and many other agencies in stating our commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will continue to build these respectful relationships to improve outcomes and create opportunities for Australia’s First Peoples.

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Our RAP

Our 2021-23 Innovate RAP builds upon our previous RAP and Company Policy – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Plan and CP – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy. It pronounces our commitment to developing ongoing opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the training and employment sectors.

At Sureway, we respect the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledge the unique position Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupy in Australian culture. The intention of Sureway’s RAP is to acknowledge and demonstrate our respect for Australia’s First Peoples, by building respectful relationships and creating equal and equitable opportunities. Situated predominately in regional and rural locations across NSW, VIC and SA, and present in areas of high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, Sureway felt it was time to take the next step towards reconciliation within the organisation, realising that we are currently in a position to contribute to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in which we operate. Sureway invited staff across the organisation to participate and form a RAP Working Group.

The Internal RAP working group is made up of senior management positions from Operation, People and Culture, Marketing, Risk Audit and Compliance and our Indigenous consultants and includes Executive sponsorship from the General Manager Corporate Services. Our RAP Working Group includes three of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues. Through a series of workshops, the group encouraged discussion and consultation from the Sureway Executive Team.

This RAP is based on annual targets with some longerterm actions extending out to 2023. It seeks to build on activities previously undertaken to enhance our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and help us find opportunities to replicate areas of success across our organisation. Some of our previous activities and partnerships include working with schools, education and training providers, jobactive providers and community groups to provide pre-employment training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Key learnings identified through the delivery of our 2016-18 RAP have been applied to our 2021-23 RAP and include:

  • Assigning deliverables to portfolios to allow for people movements within the business while still effectively delivering upon our RAP objectives.
  • Creating a standing agenda item for Executive team meetings, and aligning reporting with these dates.
  • Communication enhancements to involve all business members in the progress and objectives.
  • Appointment of an Operations portfolio senior manager to report to GMCS and drive the progress or key RAP objectives throughout the organisational portfolios.

 

For more information on our Reconciliation Action Plan please download our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan April 2021 – 2023.

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