Reconciliation Action Plan
Bank Australia believes it has a responsibility to contribute to reconciliation through its participation in the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) process.
Our vision for reconciliation
We want to increase awareness about reconciliation, while building our own capacity and that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to contribute to the well-being of Australia’s First Peoples.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
We developed our RAP in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia. It outlines tangible actions for advancing the national effort to close the life expectancy gap between Australia’s First Peoples and other Australians. Specifically, the bank is taking action to improve cultural awareness and to build capacity and empower individuals through traineeship and community leadership programs.
See our full RAP
As part of our RAP we have supported community leadership programs as well as innovative programs with partner organisations.
Community leadership programs
Each year, we support emerging Indigenous leaders to participate in local community leadership programs.
By providing scholarships, we can help Indigenous leaders build their own skills and networks, as well as share their experience with other non-Indigenous leaders in their regions.
Watch the video to hear Karina Crutch, recipient of the 2015 Indigenous scholarship in Gippsland, talk about how the program helped her develop as a leader.
CSIRO Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities program
Bank Australia has supported the CSIRO Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities program. The program pairs communities’ Indigenous ecological knowledge with Western science to teach students about the local environment.
The program commenced in 2011 and has worked with groups of students in different schools, building a model for an alternative approach to teaching science in other remote community schools.
One goal of the program is to provide pathways that lead Indigenous students to further education and employment in science-related fields.