Our Innovate RAP represents the natural next step for Vicinity in increasing respect, equality and opportunity for Indigenous Australians following the conclusion of our inaugural Reflect RAP, which was launched in 2018 to commence our reconciliation journey.
Our Reflect RAP helped us to understand and identify how Vicinity could make a positive impact on reconciliation and extend our contribution towards a more equitable, just and reconciled Australia. It gave us a greater appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, customs and history, and provided insights on what we are doing well, what we need to do better and where we need to go further.
Our Innovate RAP continues to guide Vicinity on this journey and supports our sustainability and diversity, inclusion and belonging objectives – to shape better communities and foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates difference. It commits Vicinity to continue deepening relationships, increasing cultural awareness and connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with employment and business opportunities across our organisation.
The COVID -19 pandemic has impacted our ability to implement some of our Innovate RAP commitments during FY20, in particular, those commitments requiring in-person engagement with local Indigenous stakeholders and using our centres as platforms where local communities can join our celebration of important events such as National Reconciliation Week. Vicinity has welcomed a six-month extension to deliver our Innovate RAP (by November 2021), granted by Reconciliation Australia.
Launch of our Innovate RAP at Vicinity Centres' National Office