Media release: Rappin’ reconciliation

21 May 13

Community Sector Banking believes that true reconciliation requires action.We are committed to playing our part in addressing current inequities, and closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people. That’s why we are proud to be participating in National Reconciliation Week by holding our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launch.

National Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3) has been in operation since 1993 and marks significant dates in Australia’s history.

May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title – the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation. More information is available on the comprehensive and friendly National Reconciliation Week website.

Community Sector Banking’s commitment

We’ve worked closely with Reconciliation Australia during the RAP’s development and we are lucky enough to have Leah Armstrong from Reconciliation Australia joining us on the day.

We strongly identify with the ‘let’s talk recognition’ theme of the week and we’re proud to be launching this formal recognition during such an important week.

The main elements of our RAP include:

  • Skills exchange and relationship strengthening with Indigenous focused and run organisations from our customer and stakeholder base.
  • Developing a comprehensive cultural awareness policy that includes cultural awareness training and improving measures to show respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
  • Continue to follow our organisational strategic priorities including our Indigenous banking strategy and our In-roads microcredit program for Indigenous people.

The RAP will begin implementation in 2013 with actions carried out through to June 2016.