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Practical Steps Towards National Reconciliation

29-May-2015

National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to contribute to building a reconciled Australia.

AFL SportsReady has kick-started the careers of over 1500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees since 2000 and this week they launched a Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that represents their promise to continue to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through quality education and employment.

Chairman of AFL SportsReady, The Hon. Steve Bracks, said AFL SportsReady’s commitment to reconciliation and equality is absolute.

“Our plan puts in place a series of actions and accountabilities that are part of our contribution toward reducing the inequality and disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Through this Reconciliation Action Plan, AFL SportsReady will work to strengthen relationships, promote respect and create employment and education opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”

Jade Colgan, Executive Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs, is excited to be a part of the many positives that will take shape from this important milestone in the company’s journey.

“I want to make a difference for my people and my communities and feel AFL SportsReady is a place where I can make a real contribution. The Stretch RAP is a great step forward in continuing to strengthen the work we do and further embed responsibility and ownership across the whole business.”

AFL SportsReady’s vision for Reconciliation is:
•       A united Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s heritage, cultures, histories and connection to communities and country are acknowledged and celebrated; and
•       A fair Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same opportunities and access to education, training and employment as other Australians.

The Reconciliation Action Plan can be viewed at:
www.aflsportsready.com.au

As of April 2015 AFL SportsRead has over 250 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees employed with host employers across Australia. In 2014 they recruited 108 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander School Based Trainees nationally (64% of all AFL SportsReady school based trainees). They have signed University partnerships in every state across Australia, to provide even more pathway options to students and 95% of their 2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainee graduates are working, studying or completing a further traineeship.