National Reconciliation Week

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Qantas is proud to support National Reconciliation Week: Be a Voice for Generations.

At Qantas, we strive to reflect the spirit of Australia. That spirit isn’t 200 years old. It’s over 60,000 years old.

It’s an unbelievably vast history of people, culture and knowledge.

Through our commitment to advancing national reconciliation, we seek to honour that knowledge, celebrate those cultures, and make amends for past wrongs.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendumOpens in a new tab or window and the 1992 High Court Mabo decisionOpens in a new tab or window.

National Reconciliation Week 2022 National Reconciliation Week is a time for all of us to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. This #NRW2022 we’re encouraged to #BeBraveMakeChange!

A brief history

NRW started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week. In 2001, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW - and subsequently across bridges in cities and towns - to show their support for reconciliation. Today, NRW is celebrated in workplaces, schools and early learning services, community organisations and groups, and by individuals Australia-wide. Hundreds of NRW events are held each year. 

Be a Voice for Generations

National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June 2023, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, Be a Voice for Generations urges us all to keep up the momentum for change.

The theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.

Find out more about how you can Be a Voice for GenerationsOpens in a new tab or window, while also acting to create a better country for future generations. #NRW2023

Why is change needed? Did you know….

Population
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up 3% of the Australian population
  • 50% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is under 25 years of age.

Source: AIHWOpens in a new tab or window

Incarceration
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up 30% of the prison population
  • Since the 1991 Royal Commission, there have been over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody

Source: GuardianOpens in a new tab or window  

Life expectancy

  •  The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is eight years lower than the rest of the population

Source: AIHWOpens in a new tab or window

  • The 15 – 35 years age group are three to four times more likely to commit suicide than that of their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Source: Creative SpiritsOpens in a new tab or window

Out-of-home care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over 11 times more likely to be removed than non-Indigenous children, representing 41% of the population in out-of-home care, despite making up only 6% of the total population of children in Australia.

Source: Centre of Social Justice at UTSOpens in a new tab or window

Financial security
  • 1 in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel financially secure
  • 75% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have difficulty accessing financial services 
  • One in two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are experiencing financial stress.

Source: SBSOpens in a new tab or window and Centre of Social ImpactOpens in a new tab or window

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Learn more about how Qantas’ approach to reconciliation

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The Qantas Group First Nations Strategy

Through our Interim Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we seek to honour that knowledge, celebrate those cultures, and make amends for past wrongs.

Find out more
Read our submission (PDF)Opens in a new tab or window Uluru statement

Indigenous Voice co-design process

This submission, in response to the Interim Voice co-design report, is made on behalf of the Qantas Group.

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Download the timeline (PDF)Opens in a new tab or window Qantas team

Our reconciliation journey

We have a proud history of championing reconciliation. We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2007 and we launched an Elevate RAP in 2015.

Download the timeline (PDF)Opens in a new tab or window

Important information

Thanks to our friends at Reconciliation AustraliaOpens in a new tab or window for sharing their knowledge and content with us.