First Nations and Reconciliation Action Plan

First Nations and Reconciliation Action Plan

Acknowledgement of Country

Smartgroup acknowledges the Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respect to them and to Elders past, present and emerging and thank them for their ongoing custodianship of this land and community. This always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and seas.

Reconciliation Action Plan

As a diverse employer, Smartgroup is committed to playing an active and ongoing role in providing equal employment opportunity to everyone, where every person feels valued, respected and welcome at Smartgroup. Our vision is to ensure we support, empower and work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are excited to be recognised as a member of the RAP network with our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) receiving official accreditation by Reconciliation Australia. We are excited to be in the process of implementing our first RAP as part of our reconciliation journey.

What is a RAP?

A RAP is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

The RAP Program contributes to advancing the five dimensions of reconciliation (opportunities, relationships, respect and governance & reporting) by supporting organisations to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our RAP Artwork

The artwork is created by Jade Kennedy and is called Grow Mother Country.  Jade incorporates his heritage of the Mutti Mutti, Tatti Tatti, Waddi Waddi and Noongar people in his work. His artworks tell a story of where he comes from and who he is, with this particular artwork representing Smartgroup’s reconciliation journey. Jade’s artist statement can be found in our RAP document. A canvas version of this can be found on display in the Sydney office.

Our Internal and Community Initiatives

Smartgroup’s engagement with reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to date has been manifested through:

  • Internal initiatives, such as NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week celebrations;
  • Community partnerships.

Smartgroup is an ongoing supporter of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland programs. Our support includes funding of Catch Me If You Can programs in communities such as Mareeba and Yarrabah in Far North Queensland. Catch Me If You Can is a program using sports to develop and improve relationships between First Nations school students and local police. Click here to read more about this.

We have also previously been the major partner for the Bunburra and Culture Corroboree Series and Touch Football Tournament, which brought 31 First Nations’ communities together.