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9 August 2022

Presenting the first-ever Navitas Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this document includes reference to a First Nations colleague who has passed and may also contain images or names of other deceased persons.

Today, as we celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we are pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural Navitas Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

The Navitas ‘Reflect’ RAP identifies practical plans for action and tangible ways we will build mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations stakeholders, demonstrate respect for First Nations cultures, histories, knowledge and rights. It also lays a foundation for us to explore meaningful ways to increase access to education and improve employment outcomes for First Nations peoples, and to increase supplier diversity to support improved economic and social outcomes.

You can read the Navitas RAP here.

Navitas has been fortunate to engage Murawin as a critical friend in developing and implementing our first RAP. We are committed to ensuring that the voices of First Nations peoples inform every step of our journey.

We thank and acknowledge artist Marcia McGuire – a proud Whadjuk, Ballardong and Yamtji Aboriginal woman from Perth, Western Australia – for developing the beautiful artwork for our RAP. In Marcia’s words, the artwork “describes how the organisation will bring every part of our itself into the RAP and reflects how Navitas can use its expertise to empower this change and movement, while growing and learning side by side with First Nations peoples”.

Commenting on the publication of the Navitas RAP, CEO Scott Jones said:

“I am very excited to launch the first Navitas Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is the first formal step in our journey to reconciliation and our commitment to creating a fairer, more respectful and kinder place for First Nations peoples to work, study and thrive.”

The RAP is dedicated to the memory of our First Nations colleague from the Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP), and proud descendant of the Bundjalung nation, who sadly passed away recently. Our sister colleague had been a champion of First Nations peoples through her role as Advisor to the Navitas RAP and her participation on the ACAP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. A teacher of Indigenous Social Work, she was a force of change in educating students and staff about inclusive social work practice, drawing from her rich knowledge of First Nations history and culture and informed by her lived experiences.

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