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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.|
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)