Spirit of Reconciliation

Qantas Reconciliation Action Plan

As Australia's largest airline and a national icon, Qantas has a responsibility to ensure our business reflects the values of inclusion and diversity. Through the Qantas Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Qantas is undertaking a range of initiatives to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and to promote shared pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.

Qantas remains committed to reconciliation and building relationships for change between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We endorse the vision of a nation which values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultures and peoples and recognises their unique position as the original custodians of Australia.

The launch of the first Qantas RAP in November 2007 was a positive step forward towards that commitment and in fostering reconciliation in the broader Australian community.

Reconciliation Australia requires organisations to refresh their RAP based on past learning's and to allow for new developments and ideas around achieving the aims of reconciliation within and outside of our organisation.

In July 2015, Qantas was awarded an Elevate status for our fourth version of the RAP which is the highest level of endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.

Key achievements since launching the first RAP in 2007:

  • Launched Mendoowoorrji 737-800 livery as part of our Indigenous flying art series
  • Expansion of the Indigenous School based Traineeship program - 200 students have completed high school has a result since 2009
  • Launch of the Q400 Recognise livery in support of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution
  • Signed 10 year agreement with CareerTrackers to provide a minimum of 250 internships during that period
  • Founding member of Supply Nation

Inflight Entertainment

Qantas screens Indigenous programs on Inflight entertainment (IFE) to mark special events on the Indigenous calendar and throughout the year as part of mainstream programming.

Qantas IFE features films and documentaries with Indigenous themes on domestic and international services and which are made by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous film-makers. Qantas' inflight radio programs feature Indigenous music and interviews on Indigenous issues.

Read the transcripts of interviews which have aired on inflight radio and see what programs are available on inflight entertainment.


Qantas' Reconciliation Programs' partnerships are aligned with our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) initiatives.

Note, we do not accept unsolicited applications for individual or group travel assistance.

Qantas' current Indigenous partnerships include:

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Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AEIF)

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation was established in 2007 to replicate and scale the work it's CEO, Andrew Penfold, had been doing in this field since 2004.

AIEF is a product of strong partnership between the Australian Government and the private sector and has deep and broad support from all layers of the Australian community.

AIEF provides scholarships for Indigenous students in financial need to attend some of the best boarding schools and universities in Australia and offers pathways for productive careers.

AIEF offers Secondary and Tertiary scholarships and around 85 per cent of Indigenous students at schools that partner with AIEF complete year 12 - nearly double the national year 12 attainment rate for Indigenous school students.

Qantas is the official airline partner of the AEIF and will contribute to the AIEF Post-School Pathways Program that provides wide range of life and job-readiness programs and activities including mentoring, corporate visits and education and career programs.

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Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre was established in 1989 as a dance company that embraces, celebrates and respects Australia's Indigenous people and their culture. Under the artistic direction of Stephen Page since 1991, Bangarra has emerged as Australia's only national premier Indigenous performing arts company.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is fuelled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous Australians.

Bangarra is undertaking new initiatives to extend employment for Indigenous people through its artists-in-residence and traineeship program. The traineeship program identifies young Indigenous people with the talent and potential to join Bangarra in structured learning and skills development in the areas of performance, stage management, music, marketing and administration.

Qantas is the official airline partner of Bangarra Dance Theatre and Qantas will also support and promote Indigenous art and culture and development through their partnership with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

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Career Trackers Indigenous Internship Program

CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program is a national non-profit organisation that works Indigenous university students and private sector companies to create career pathways through a structured internship program.

CareerTrackers interns perform their internships with a sponsoring company with the aim of converting into full-time employees upon completion of their degree program.

In addition to making long-lasting placements CareerTrackers, Qantas is able to add to the diversity of our workforce as well as help young Australians.

Qantas is the official airline partner of CareerTrackers. Qantas have committed to twenty new Indigenous interns to join via CareerTrackers over the next two years, Qantas support combines educational and employment opportunities for Indigenous tertiary students.

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Clontarf Foundation

Since opening it first Academy for 25 boys on the campus of the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth, Western Australia in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation has grown rapidly and has been consistently successful.

They now cater for approximately 2,800 boys in 54 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales.

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, disclipine, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningful in society.

Qantas is the official airline partner of the Clontarf Foundation and will provide interactive experience visits for the Clontarf Academy students.

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Indigenous Marathon Project

The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) annually selects a group of young Indigenous men and women to complete the New York City Marathon with just six months of training.

The IMP is used to change lives, to create Indigenous champions, to increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.

After the runners cross the finish line of the biggest marathon in the world they know they can achieve anything. Runners become role models within their communities and are leaders in the promotion of health and physical exercise to address the high instance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and renal failure.

Qantas will assist in community support programs and will be the Official Airlines of the IMP.

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Jawun - Indigenous Corporate Partnerships

Jawun finds skilled people in corporate Australia and connects them with Indigenous communities to share knowledge and expertise. It is all about people helping each other. Corporate and Indigenous leaders come together to share their skills and knowledge to create real change.

Jawun forms partnerships to benefit both corporate and Indigenous Australia. Together they improve the lives of Indigenous people around Australia by supporting Indigenous communities on the ground.

At the heart of Jawun are the diverse capabilities of skilled people from Corporate Partners, and the desire and determination of Indigenous people to regenerate their communities.

In 2013 a number of Qantas employees will participate in secondments in Sydney (Redfern and La Perouse), Cape York Peninsula and North East Arnhem Land .

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Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation

The Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation brings people together to share Yolngu culture break down the barriers and build successful tourism businesses.

Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation aims to combine the range of work traditionally carried out by economic development organisations, tourism operators and Travel Agents.

Lirrwi Tourism believes in taking action and creating partnerships with individuals and families so that they can work together to ultimately help improve aspects of people's lives. Qantas will be the Official Airline of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation.

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Supply Nation

The Supply Nation (Previously known as the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council) provides a direct business-to-business purchasing link between corporate Australia, government agencies and Indigenous-owned businesses.

Supply Nation is a not-for-profit company, and is a membership body for Australian companies and government departments.

Supply Nation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations as well as Industry & Investment NSW as a three-year pilot.
Qantas is a Foundation Member of Supply Nation and we currently partner with a range of Indigenous businesses including; Message Stick, Outback Global , Arilla , Jumbunna and Yaru Water .

Qantas procurement, in conjunction with Qantas' Head of Community , will continue to identify other Indigenous suppliers to provide services to the business through Supply Nation .
In 2012 Qantas was announced as the winner of the 'Corporate Member of the Year Award' as the Supply Nation Gala Dinner.

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Yothu Yindi Foundation

The Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) was established in 1990 by Elders from five of the Yolngu clans, the Gumatj, Rirratjingu, Djapu, Galpu and Wangurri clans. One of the key objectives of YYF is to support and further the maintenance, development, teaching and enterprise potential of Yolngu cultural life. The Foundation has instigated a number of projects which achieve its aims.

The Foundation provides the East Arnhem Land community with support in creating, marketing, protecting and maintaining their intellectual property, culture and country while engaging in the broader economic sphere. In this way, financially sustainable businesses are created in the community, using local assets and culturally-appropriate practices.

One of the key objectives of the Yothu Yindi Foundation is to support and further the maintenance, development, teaching and enterprise potential of Yolngu cultural life.

The Garma Festival, Australia's leading cultural exchange event in remote Gulkula is the centrepiece of YYF's vision.

Qantas was a Principal Partner of the Garma Festival in 2011 and will be Platinum Sponsor for the festival in 2013.

Respecting Indigenous culture for travellers

For travellers who want to know more about respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures while travelling in Australia, read the brochure "Welcome to Country: Respecting Indigenous Culture for Travellers in Australia".*

Purchasing Aboriginal Art

The publication "Purchasing Aboriginal Art: A Consumer Guide" provides information about making informed and ethical choices when purchasing Aboriginal art and artefacts.

The publication is the result of wide-ranging consultation with artists, art centres, galleries, consumer affairs, legal and industry representatives in Australia. It was produced by the Association of Northern Kimberly and Arnhem Land Artists and the Arts NT Indigenous Arts Development Unit.

Indigenous Tourism

Qantas is a strong supporter of Indigenous tourism, as evidenced by our relationship with Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation. We are also exploring other opportunities to promote Indigenous tourism in Australia.

Indigenous Employment

For information, about general employment opportunities, the Qantas Graduate Program, school-based traineeships and university cadetships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and to register for employment and for job alerts visit the Qantas Careers website.

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