National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Aurecon's vision for reconciliation is an Australia that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage. We envisage an Australia that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, a national identity that accepts and understands our shared history, and an Australia free from negative race relations.
"In the context of Aurecon, this view represents an inclusive and diverse workplace that is not just culturally safe, but culturally rich and proud," says Louise Adams, Aurecon’s Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand.
Earlier this year, Reconciliation Australia endorsed Aurecon's third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Championed by Aurecon’s leadership team, it aims to bring ideas to life that focus on three key areas:
Creating meaningful career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Connecting Aurecon's people, clients and community partners to, and raising awareness of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through visual storytelling.
Collaborating on sustainable procurement partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned enterprises, based on trust, mutual respect, and a shared passion to support social outcomes through economic returns.
Over the past five to six years, Aurecon’s reconciliation journey started with building a foundation of awareness, guiding Aurecon towards measurable and meaningful targets and actions. Those targets have come to life through engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and has provided opportunity for continuous cultural learning.
Over the life of Aurecon’s third Reconciliation Action Plan, a working group has been formed to actively monitor development, implementation, progress and reporting of our reconciliation efforts across Australia. One of the early actions is a sub-working group to increase engagement with Indigenous business enterprises both for internal procurement and in project delivery.
One of the success stories is the engagement of two Indigenous Owned Suppliers through its Australian strategic sourcing and procurement practices. Cultural Choice supplies copy paper to all Australian offices, and Position Promo is Aurecon’s corporate merchandise supplier.
"Many of our employees, stakeholders and clients look to us for a demonstration of Reconciliation effort. We are very proud to support Indigenous Owned Enterprises through procurement partnerships", said Angus Leitch, Aurecon’s Reconciliation spokesperson and Regional Director for South Australia and Victoria.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This Reconciliation Week is a wonderful opportunity to promote support of Aboriginal owned enterprises. You can find a register of Indigenous owned enterprises here or through your state’s Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.