National Reconciliation Week

Qantas is proud to celebrate National Reconciliation Week: More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

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.

A brief history

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 external site in a new window and the 1992 High Court Mabo decisionOpens external site in a new window.

Looking back

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. 

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More than a word

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 - More than a word. Reconciliation takes actionOpens external site in a new window - urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. In playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.

#MoreThanAWord  #NRW2021

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Why action is needed

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 external site in a new window

Incarceration

Source: GuardianOpens external site in a new 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 external site in a new window

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

Source: Creative SpiritsOpens external site in a new 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 external site in a new 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 external site in a new window and Centre of Social ImpactOpens external site in a new window

What you can do

As custodians of Australia’s ancient land, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of our population. Yet, they are disproportionately over-represented in every area of disadvantage through entrenched inequality.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. In playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.

Here are some ways you can take action:

Topic Action and source
Learn more about inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Listen to the Black Magic Woman with Mundanara BaylesOpens external site in a new window podcast.

Debunk the hunter-gatherer tag

Read Dark EmuOpens external site in a new window. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.

Constitutional recognition: why an Enshrined voice is the only substantive change on the table

Watch the Uluru Statement from the Heart 20 min video.Opens external site in a new window

Email your Federal MPOpens external site in a new window.

Support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economy and culture

Supply NationOpens external site in a new window, Blak BusinessOpens external site in a new window, Welcome to CountryOpens external site in a new window, Blak MarketsOpens external site in a new window, Clothing the GapOpens external site in a new window, Deadly DenimOpens external site in a new window, Gammin ThreadsOpens external site in a new window, Red Ridge LabelOpens external site in a new window, Jarrin StreetOpens external site in a new window and many more.

Deaths in custody: action on justice needed

Read the 2021 State of Reconciliation reportOpens external site in a new window.

Email your State MPOpens external site in a new window to change the laws that disproportionately push Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and children into prisons. Also ask them to implement the Royal Commission’s recommendations, and for independent oversight and accountability that could save lives.

Experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia

Participate in an experience. Access experiences through Welcome to CountryOpens external site in a new window.

How Qantas is taking action

Find out more

Reconciliation Action Plan

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)

Indigenous Voice co-design process

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

Read our submission (PDF)
Download the timeline (PDF)

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)

Important information

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