NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
At GPT, we are committed to creating positive change within our workplace, the community and broader Australian society. This includes fostering a strong understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities among our employees.
In this spirit, we are encouraging our staff to participate in the range of NAIDOC Week activities that will be held across Australia until July 12.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate”, which highlights the strong cultural and spiritual connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to the land and sea.
By participating in these celebrations, GPT continues to take the initiative to grow our cultural awareness, increase our engagement, and demonstrate our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through our business.
GPT will launch its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on September 3. Our RAP will be focused on creating opportunities to learn about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and build relationships and pathways to employment with Australia’s First Nations Peoples community.
Since 2013, when we had no employees who identified as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, we have taken steps to increase our diversity and make GPT a place that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples want to work.
The most significant initiative was signing a partnership with the Career Trackers Indigenous Internship Program in 2013 to provide internships to talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. GPT currently has six Indigenous interns working across in our Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offices, and several of these have been able to take the opportunity the internship provided to identify and take up other roles in the business.
Today we are proud to say that one per cent of GPT’s workforce comprises employees who identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and we aim to grow that number into the future.
GPT will continue to build strong positive relationships and partnerships that support with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, respects the rights and interests of the Traditional Owners of the land in which we operate and continue to build strategies and programs that will transform our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees into the leaders of tomorrow.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week and where an event is being held near you, visit www.naidoc.org.