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Acknowledgement and thank you

Bank Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which our business is based, in particular the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and the Gurnai Kurnai people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which most of our staff live and work. We pay our respects to Traditional Owners past, present and emerging and particularly acknowledge the valuable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations provided in creating our fourth Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our RAP journey

In 2010 Bank Australia became the first customer owned bank in Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We are now in the eighth year of our RAP journey. Our focus over the past years has been taking action to improve cultural awareness, build capacity and empower individuals through traineeships and community leadership programs.

Some of our achievements include:

Community Leadership Program

We’ve provided Community Leadership Program scholarships to emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leaders to increase their leadership skills and knowledge so they can grow their positive impact in the community. So far we have supported 20 emerging leaders from across Victoria and one in Adelaide. In 2016 we formed an alumni group to help support these emerging leaders after they have completed the program.

Employment opportunities

We have provided training and employment opportunities for 13 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through our traineeship program, and currently have two Aboriginal staff members employed at Bank Australia.

Acknowledgement of Country

All of our 27 branch locations have had an Acknowledgement of Country added to the entrance to the building to show respect to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and do business.

Customer grants

Since the launch of the Bank Australia Impact Fund Customer Grants in 2016, we have awarded 35 grants to customer organisations, two of which have been for reconciliation totaling $20,000.

Our partnership with CSIRO

Through the Bank Australia Impact Fund we have a major partnership with CSIRO to bring western science and Indigenous ecological knowledge of the country closer together in remote community schools in the Northern Territory.

Meet one of our trainees

Anthony Campbell - Bank AustraliaAnthony Campbell completed his traineeship in mid-2017 and is still working for Bank Australia. During his traineeship, he learned about how the bank operates by spending time in a number of branches and departments including IT, retail banking and retail operations. Of his experience, Anthony said:

“The overall experience in my traineeship was fantastic, I learned so much about how a bank operates behind the scenes as well as being able to take valuable skills with me to wherever or whatever I want to apply myself to next. My favourite experience was working in IT because one of my many backgrounds is in computers and being able to apply the knowledge I already had in a different environment than I’m used to was really exciting. Getting to build a rapport with other staff members from different branches around Australia over the phone was quite a rewarding part of the job.“

Anthony is also a member of our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and has played a key role in developing our new RAP.

Download a copy of our 2018 Reconciliation Action Plan

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