AusIMM has commenced development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), marking a key step in the reconciliation journey upon which our members have already embarked, and a reflection of the leadership and commitment within our professional community.
Reconciliation Australia explain that, at its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. People across our association well understand the important role AusIMM can play in advancing reconciliation through our work as resources professionals, with significant progress to date across our relationships, partnerships, publications, events, standards, and initiatives including the AusIMM Mentoring Program. These activities reflect our commitment, as Trusted Voice, to creating equality of opportunity for all people in resources.
With participants from across our association, a RAP Working Group has been brought together to harness expertise from across our association, sector and community. The RAP Working Group includes:
- Ivy Chen FAusIMM, representing the AusIMM Board
- Bob Vassie FAusIMM, representing AusIMM’s Council for Diversity & Inclusion
- Tony Kalma FAusIMM, representing the AusIMM Social & Environment Committee
- Katie Yamaguchi MAusIMM, consultant at PwC Indigenous Consulting
- Khatija Thomas, a Director of Aboriginal Engagement & Inclusion in the South Australian Government
- Melissa Holdsworth, General Manager of AusIMM’s Stakeholder Engagement & Partnerships team
- Harry Turner, AusIMM’s Government Relations Adviser
Working closely with Reconciliation Australia, the AusIMM RAP will provide a framework to support our continuing work to create opportunity and support reconciliation across our community.
You can read more about the RAP model at the Reconciliation Australia website.
We look forward to providing further information on the development of the RAP over coming months.