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On behalf of Ability Options and as the CEO, I would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and their spiritual connection to land and waters.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The development of our Stretch RAP formalises our current endeavours and future commitments.
Through our Stretch RAP we will continue to strengthen and shape our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Elders and service providers through focussing on building relationships and respect, as well as creating opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The spirit and goals of our RAP align well with our organisations’ mission – To support people who need assistance to achieve their aspirations and inclusion in the community.
Internally through the delivery of our cultural awareness training for all employees, and celebrations of key cultural events with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, our RAP will drive collaboration and a shared understanding.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy provides the framework to create exciting employment opportunities for First Australian Peoples in a supportive environment. It will support the development of new and innovative services and programs in partnership with stakeholders and the communities in which we provide services.
I would like to recognise the efforts of those who contributed to this important process, both within our organisation, as well as partners and friends in the community. I thank them for their leadership, guidance, encouragement and commitment.
We look forward to continuing to learn from each other on this journey of healing together, and we are proud to be part of creating fundamental cultural change in our community.
As we deliver on our commitments I welcome honest feedback on how we can improve our services that contribute to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Fred Van Steel
Read the Ability Option 2017 - 2019 Stretch Reconciliation Plan (RAP)
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