National Reconciliation Week

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Qantas is proud to support National Reconciliation Week: Be Brave. Make Change.

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

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2022 is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. 

Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National Reconciliation Week but every week of the year. 

This year, Reconciliation Australia are asking everyone to make change, beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise. 

National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can 

Find out more about National Reconciliation WeekOpens external site in a new window #NRW2022 #BeBraveMakeChange

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 external site in a new 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 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 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

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Find out how you can be brave in action

As custodians of Australia’s ancient land, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up 3% of our population. Yet, are disproportionately over-represented in every key indicator of social wellbeing.

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:

Fact Action
Fact 1: Understand Political Representation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been advocating for a political voice and structural changes such as treaty and constitutional reform for more than 100 years.

Fact 2: Challenger our leaders to take action on justice

Proportionally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the most incarcerated people on the planet. There have been more than 500 deaths in police and prison custody since 1991.

Fact 3: Care for country Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have stewarded, nurtured and cared for Australia’s diverse environment and waterways for over 80,000 years. Environmental knowledge and activism must prioritise First Nations right to manage and self-determine their own Country.

Learn more about how Qantas’ approach to reconciliation

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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.