The City has been working on two action plans that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and increase employment opportunities. The first, our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), has just been endorsed by Council.
The RAP outlines some of our progress so far and documents what the City can do to further the goal of reconciliation.
It focuses on three key areas: building respect, forging relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The City consulted its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel on the plan, which has since been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. The two most important aspects for the panel were ongoing cultural learning for City staff and increased employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Goals include developing new recruitment processes to broaden the pool of people applying for jobs at the City, encouraging the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and increasing pathways for employment at the City through apprenticeships, internships and graduate programs.
When we spoke to the Sydney community in 2007 to develop our plan for the future, Sustainable Sydney 2030, one of the strongest responses was for greater recognition for Sydney's Aboriginal history and heritage as well as contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
I believe the actions in this plan will help the City embed reconciliation into the culture of our organisation.
The City of Sydney, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people, is deeply committed to acknowledging, sharing and celebrating the living cultures of Australia's First Peoples.