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Heal the Country!

 

Is this year’s NAIDOC week theme. It calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. 

As an organisation that welcomes all people, it’s crucial that Randstad does more to embrace and acknowledge the culture and values that are shared by Australia’s First Nations people. As part of that process, I am proud to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - the first step of many we hope to take.

Exploring the theme, the NAIDOC committee explains that, “Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.”

Being the global leader in recruitment, Randstad has a responsibility to take on this call for change. We want to work with local communities so that we can serve and deliver results that benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. By working together we can achieve meaningful employment that breaks down barriers.

Randstad’s Reflect RAP aims to lay the groundwork for future activities and to publicly commit to helping create employment pathways for First Australians. As an employer, it is our responsibility to have a greater representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our organisation. We want to continue to make our workplace culturally attuned to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The RAP will help educate and advance reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people.

rec artwork
rec artwork

Randstad will officially launch our Reflect RAP with a previous Australian of the year, Sydney Swans legend and Adnyamathanha man, Adam Goodes. With his record of raising the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the highest levels, we couldn’t have a better person to guide us as we take this first step. 

Our fabulous RAP artwork is by Ayesha Woibo, an Aboriginal artist with ties to the Binithii Warra and Thuppi Warra people from Hope Vale, QLD.

For more on this year’s NAIDOC Week, check the link below.