Acknowledgement of Country
CVGT Australia acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation.
We pay our respects to them, their living cultures, and Elders past, present and future.
Reflect, CVGT Australia Reconciliation Action Plan
June 2021 – June 2022
At CVGT Australia we believe reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is core to Australia’s national identity. We are proud of the contribution CVGT Australia has made to reconciliation, but we know there is still much more to do.
Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan June 2021-June 2022 details our commitment to developing long-term, beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in the areas in which we work.
It is our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and is an all-inclusive document that will support and guide Indigenous engagement at CVGT Australia in the future. It focuses on four core elements that underpin our approach to reconciliation – Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.
Last year, we adopted our Reconciliation Action Plan Statement of Intent in 2020.
With this commitment, our RAP journey is being embedded in our company-wide purpose, “to connect more people to meaningful work”. We are explicit about our intention to make an exceptional and long-lasting difference.
Ronald is part of the Traditional Owner group of Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria. He works out on country locating, preserving, and protecting cultural heritage for Dja Dja Wurrung people.
Our RAP sets out our organisational commitment to reconciliation and contains a number of concrete actions for us to work towards in the coming years. These actions will support our strong involvement with, and commitment to, the provision of employment services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our organisational values – Do the right thing, Find a way, Genuine care, Better together, Community matters – underpin our aspiration to build responsive, relevant and trusting relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, clients and stakeholders.
We at CVGT Australia are resolute in our belief that all people deserve to be treated with genuine care, integrity and respect, and this commitment is enshrined in our core values.
Our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures, stories and histories is integral and fundamental to a healthy and respectful affiliation.
We recognise and celebrate the respected influence that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities can have when working toward achieving and maintaining diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.
CVGT Australia upholds and appreciates the specialised experiences, skills and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bring to our organisation.
We are committed to a positive and meaningful presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the life of CVGT Australia.
We are building capacity to measure the impact our work has on the communities we work within. We are committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to sustain positive outcomes that meet their needs.
We will report on and evaluate our work to gain insight and maintain continuous improvement and impact.
Message from CVGT Australia managing director
As the managing director of CVGT Australia, I am extremely proud to be introducing and supporting our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.
In developing this plan, we are providing our commitment to our Reconciliation Statement of Intent and our vision for reconciliation, where Australia acknowledges and learns from the historic truths and the impacts endured by First Nations people.
CVGT Australia will use this plan to ensure our employees increase their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Outlined in this plan are key targets to direct our journey in supporting and working with the diverse First Nations communities within the areas we operate.
The work we do is underpinned by the belief that everyone should be provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our employment services are designed to achieve this and this plan has been created with the sole purpose of affirming our efforts are undertaken with equity and equality.
Our purpose of connecting more people to meaningful work, supports these ideals.
I am excited to be working alongside our Board, staff, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, employers and other stakeholders to deliver this plan.
Message from Reconciliation Australia CEO
Reconciliation Australia welcomes CVGT Australia to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program with the formal endorsement of its inaugural Reflect RAP.
CVGT Australia joins a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program. Since 2006, RAPs have provided a framework for organisations to leverage their structures and diverse spheres of influence to support the national reconciliation movement. The program’s potential for impact is greater than ever, with over 2.3 million people now working or studying in an organisation with a RAP.
The four RAP types — Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate — allow RAP partners to continuously develop and strengthen reconciliation commitments in new ways.
This Reflect RAP will lay the foundations, priming the workplace for future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives. The RAP program’s strength is its framework of relationships, respect, and opportunities, allowing an organisation to strategically set its reconciliation commitments in line with its own business objectives, for the most effective outcomes.
These outcomes contribute towards the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. It is critical to not only uphold all five dimensions of reconciliation, but also increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge, and
leadership across all sectors of Australian society.
This Reflect RAP enables CVGT Australia to deepen its understanding of its sphere of influence and the unique contribution it can make to lead progress across the five dimensions. Getting these first steps right will ensure the sustainability of future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives, and provide meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.
Congratulations CVGT Australia, welcome to the RAP program, and I look forward to following your reconciliation journey in the years to come.
Chief Executive Officer
Uluru Statement from the Heart
We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.
This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.
How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years? With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.
These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.
We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.
We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.