2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Workpac Highly Commended at the Qld Reconciliation Awards

02/06/2017BY: Tracey Mesken

​WorkPac are pleased to have been awarded a Highly Commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.  Announced June 1 at a ceremony in Cairns the Awards program recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships taking positive steps towards reconciliation across Queensland.

Reconciliation Award with Premier

For WorkPac many of employment and training services are delivered, or in close proximity to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and lands. To date the WorkPac Group Reconciliation initiative has realised several outcomes including:

  • creation of a specialist Indigenous Services division, JobTrail, within the WorkPac Group

  • creation of innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017–19

  • official launch of the RAP on both the East and West Coasts, attended by community groups and clients

  • development of WorkPac Group’s reconciliation journey video, narrated by Mr Alec Doomadgee, which introduces the journey as told through the RAP artwork designed by Mr. Stephen Hogarth. The purpose of this video was to raise awareness, among employees and wider communities, of the group’s support and underlying commitment to reconciliation

  • design and delivery of several programs of work throughout Queensland which provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • development of new relationships with community members and support groups across WorkPac Group’s locational footprint which has led to increased participation efforts.

As at March 2017, the WorkPac Group has achieved an improved culture of inclusion and awareness towards reconciliation, and strengthened ambition and capacity to move forward, positively, on its journey.

The 2017 award winners were announced during National Reconciliation Week, 27 May–3 June 2017.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 marks two major milestones in the reconciliation history of Australia—50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision.

These events were turning points for rights and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Together, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians need to take the next steps in our reconciliation journey.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Elders and leaders in the communities in which we work, our employees and our clients. Our journey towards Reconciliation would not be possible without the commitment from all these groups. We also congratulate all other award winners and finalists. You can learn more by visiting the Queensland Government Website https://www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/awards/reconciliation-awards/

JobTrail is the Indigenous services division of the WorkPac Group. The ultimate aim of the business is to improve Indigenous life outcomes. We are optimistic about the prospects of a fairer, more inclusive future, proper recognition of the past and the capacity of genuine partnerships to deliver meaningful and lasting change well into the future. Learn more at www.jobtrailatsi.com.au