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Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021 to 2023
Date of publication:
4 March 2021
James Baban our way, 2019
James Baban is an Indigenous artist born and bred in Darwin Northern Territory. James has been a dot painter since 1985 and is a healer.
Mother’s country: Mutburra/Tjingili Father’s country: Limingun, NT
Our Way, an artwork commissioned by CASA, reflects the story of CASA’s recruitment, employee retention and cultural engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
James Baban painted a sky-blue background with circles in an array of colours representing both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the landscape, waterways and sky. CASA is the centre circle, with the outside six circles representing the interconnected themes of how CASA engages with communities and other stakeholders through:
- culturally appropriate policies and procedures
- Reconciliation action plans
- recruitment and employee retention
- communication and engagement with staff and stakeholders
- cross cultural awareness
- engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities.
Our vision for Reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is to build relationships with and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and the broader community and develop mutual respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous employees through a work environment that is respectful and embraces diversity.
CASA’s vision for Reconciliation is one of recognising, acknowledging, celebrating and sharing a socially inclusive and respectful society, in which everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to participate fully in the social, economic and cultural life of Australia.
Message from Acting CASA Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety, Graeme Crawford
Welcome to our CASA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021 to 2023, our third RAP.
This RAP is aligned with our vision and organisational values and will support our aim of a workplace that provides equal opportunities for all members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, by improving relationships, respect and opportunities.
Under our last RAP, we introduced new cultural appreciation training which has been very well received. Almost a fifth of our staff have already completed this training. We will continue providing this training across our locations and support all our staff to take part.
We also continue to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to join CASA. In 2020, we took part in the Commonwealth Indigenous Apprenticeships Program for the first time. We increased our procurement through Supply Nation, implementing the Guidelines for the Application of the Indigenous Procurement Policy in CASA to assist our staff.
CASA is also committed to supporting the Government’s target of 3% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the public sector. In 2020, CASA employed 4 new employees who identified as either an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. As of December 2020, 16 (1.8%) staff identified as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, bringing us closer to our goal. It’s an important step towards our goal of a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
Message from CASA’s Indigenous Champion, Philippa Crome
I am proud to be CASA’s Indigenous Champion and share our new Innovate RAP. Within CASA, we are striving to embed reconciliation into our day-to-day business and consider the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This document aligns with the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy and CASA’s Inclusion Strategy and assists in developing an environment that respects diversity and endorses and supports an inclusive workplace and builds on the learnings from our earlier RAPs.
While we still have a journey ahead of us, our RAP sets out our program of actions and initiatives we will use to encourage and nurture positive relationships to support reconciliation, build a culturally capable workforce and support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. Throughout the lifespan of the RAP, CASA will reinforce its commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through specific CASA initiatives.
I would like to thank all CASA staff who actively assisted in the development of the RAP. I would particularly like to thank the RAP Working Group for their energy and dedication in developing the RAP. I look forward to contributing to this collaborative effort as we all work together to implement the actions and achieve our aims for a reconciled and culturally safe and capable CASA. Please take time to engage with this plan and identify how through your personal commitment and professional contribution you will participate in making national reconciliation a reality.