Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week across Australia. This year’s theme ‘More than a Word’ encourages us to be braver and take more substantive action to Reconciliation with our First Nations communities.
Transdev proudly supports our First Nations communities. The launch of Transdev Australasia’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2019 was an important step in our diversity journey.
The RAP – which was developed in consultation with our Reconciliation Working Group and Reconciliation Australia, and endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in 2019 – is a critical framework guiding us as we increase our efforts to foster collaborative relationships with Australia’s First Peoples on whose land we operate.
We have applied the principles of the Aboriginal Participation Policy to our employment and procurement activities since 2018, supporting:
• Employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within Aboriginal owned businesses
• Employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within non-Aboriginal owned businesses
• Sustainable growth of Aboriginal-owned businesses by driving demand via government procurement of goods and services.
We still have a long way to go and will continue to work with our community partners and our First Nations employees to guide further action and change.
Our first RAP also showed us the importance of more community-led, ‘grapevine’ recruitment strategies to attract and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers which we are now implementing.
This year we are proud to share the perspectives of Ella and Chloe, two proud First Nations Transdev employees, who are members of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) committee. They share what Reconciliation means to them and their input into our RAP.