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Reconciliation Action Plan

Acknowledgement

The Foundation acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples and Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways upon which we live and work. We acknowledge and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Foundation particularly acknowledges the Kulin Nation, on whose Country our office is located. We specifically acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples.

Our vision for reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation is a just and inclusive society, which respects and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities and is truthful about our country’s histories.

We believe this can be achieved through working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities while respecting and supporting their rights to self-determination. We recognise social justice, community inclusion, cultural respect and self-determination as the basis to addressing gambling harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides opportunities for a more holistic response to gambling harm, incorporating community strengths, values and priorities.

Focus areas of our Innovate RAP

Relationships

We understand strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations are essential to achieving a just and inclusive society and to reducing gambling harm. We will take action to:

  • embed self-determination in our organisation
  • participate in activities that promote reconciliation
  • promote anti-discrimination strategies.

Respect

Our commitment to self-determination is underpinned by respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, communities and protocols. We will take action to:

  • ensure we follow cultural protocols
  • engage with communities and celebrate culture
  • profile the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the gambling harm sector
  • engage staff in cultural learning opportunities
  • develop a cultural safety program in the gambling harm sector.

Opportunities

We recognise that the full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as leaders, employees and suppliers is a critical step towards achieving reconciliation and self-determination. We will take action to:

  • support and promote leadership opportunities
  • ensure grant funding is informed by self-determination and reconciliation
  • increase and improve employment outcomes
  • incorporate supplier diversity within our organisation
  • promote cultural representation in marketing campaigns.

Download our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan November 2019 – November 2021.

We will publish six-monthly scorecards on the progress of our RAP on this page.

Artwork acknowledgement

Our Innovate RAP was designed by Dixon Patten (Gunnai and Yorta Yorta) from Bayila Creative.

The cover artwork represents Elders, Aboriginal organisations, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and the community coming together to prevent and reduce harm in Aboriginal communities.

Language

The Foundation’s work involves partnerships with Victorian Aboriginal communities, leaders and Traditional Owners. When describing this work, we use the term ‘Aboriginal’. However, we use the more inclusive term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ when describing our engagement with individuals and groups.

Feedback

If you wish to provide feedback on our RAP, or would like more information, please contact:

Cathy Daly, Director, People & Culture
Email: cathy.daly@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 9452 2647

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