Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Vision for Reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation is a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fully benefit from the education and learning opportunities that this nation has to offer and are truly valued as the First Peoples of Australia through a deep respect and understanding by the broader Australian Community.

Reconciliation is about Relationships, Respect and Trust

Through reconciliation we strengthen the relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation underpinned by three key themes of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. A RAP assists organisations to foster an enabling environment that promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ empowerment. By making this commitment The Smith Family aims to:

  • Support Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander children and families through our educational and learning support programs
  • Enrich the lives of our staff, supporters and volunteers through a deeper understanding and connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to contribute through our programs
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Our commitments to Australia’s first peoples are outlined in our 2017-20 Reconciliation Action Plan

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Our commitments to Australia’s first peoples are outlined in our 2017-20 Reconciliation Action Plan

Our new RAP sets out 14 practical actions (along with 56 targets) that The Smith Family will take to build strong relationships, create opportunities through our corporate action, and build ongoing respect between cultures. This includes ensuring that a minimum of 15% of newly recruited students to our Learning for Life education support program are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Other important areas of focus for our RAP will be on the implementation of both our employment and supplier diversity strategies that we developed during our second RAP.

Our Employment Strategy reflects our desire for diversity and supports increases in the attraction, development and retention of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members.

Our Supplier Diversity Strategy will ensure that our procurement processes include a means through which, within our sphere of influence, we can support businesses owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We invite you to read our 2017–2020 Reconciliation Action Plan:

1. Introduction and about The Smith Family
2. Our Reconciliation Journey
3. RAP Governance
4. Relationships: The Power and Possibility of Relationships
5. Respect: Developing Cultural Capability and Building Partnerships
6. Opportunities: Employment and Supplier Diversity
7. Tracking Reporting

Improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

We are driven by the vision that our nation can become a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fully benefit from the education and learning opportunities that this nation has to offer and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are truly respected and valued as the First Peoples of Australia.

With the support of government and community partners, we implement a range of supportive programs delivered in the family, school and community environments to positively influence educational outcomes for children and young people. Through our work in 94 communities, in the 2015-16 financial year, we supported 14,302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This includes providing a long-term educational sponsorship through our Learning for Life program to 7,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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We are honouring our long term commitment to reconciliation in Australia

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We are honouring our long term commitment to reconciliation in Australia

In 2010, we first signed the Statement of Commitment to signal our agreement to respect the authority of the Australian Parliament in enacting a reconciliation journey and pathway for all Australians to observe.

7 years later, this is The Smith Family’s third Reconciliation Action Plan, developed under the guidance of the members of our Advisory Group on Issues Concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, our RAP Working Group members and Reconciliation Australia.

It is a “Stretch” RAP (our second of this type), and as such signifies our deep dedication to making progress across the key pillars of the RAP program – respect, relationships, and opportunities.

Introducing our cover artist: Ayesha Woibo

The talented artist behind the artwork that we feature in our RAP is Learning for Life student Ayesha.

In her work Burnt Culture she linked the two longest living cultures of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, using a dugong to represent the Torres Strait Islander peoples and a snake to represent Aboriginal people.

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