Wellways vision of an inclusive community depends on us doing our part in addressing the injustice and harm done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and building a community where everyone has the right to flourish. It means supporting self-determination and social and emotional wellbeing for First Nations people, and acting as trustworthy partners in the work we do.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is our public commitment to meaningful action towards reconciliation, while also documenting our own reconciliation journey.

Our RAP is guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – colleagues, community partners, mentors – and shapes how we serve the people we support and how we behave with each other.

To make sure our RAP is alive within the whole of our organisation and front of mind every day, we asked First Nations staff and senior management to come together and set goals that feel like a stretch for us - that feel courageous.

Commitments Wellways binds itself to

Relationships

We will build sustained, trusting and meaningful relationships with First Nations communities and organisations to ensure our services are truly inclusive for all and to strengthen our communities.

We will: 

  • Share our power and resources and be publicly accountable when working with First Nations communities and organisations. We will make decisions with and not on behalf of our First Nations partners.
  • Measure our success through the feedback of our First Nations partners.
  • Create a First Nations staff working group that reviews the way Wellways works with First Nations communities and holds all staff accountable to culturally safe and competent practice. This group will have direct contact with the CEO to reflect on decisions and learnings.

 

 

Respect

We respect and honour First Nations culture and experiences and are grateful to leaders and communities who have paved the way for our work today.

We will:

  • Act as public advocates and ‘action takers’ for racial justice and First Nations justice, using our platforms to share the expertise of First Nations leaders.
  • Learn more by undertaking culturally competent and anti-racist training and practice and ensure every staff members has a learning plan that covers this.
  • Set individual plans to learn the history and stories of First Nations communities and of the land we work and live on, so we can meaningfully acknowledge the country we are on.
  • Make sure our senior managers engage and listen to Elders in the community in regards to the direction of our work, to ensure it aligns with community needs and wishes

 

 

 

Opportunities

We will create opportunities for First Nations people to work and thrive at Wellways because First Nations peoples skills, knowledge, experience and thinking is vital to achieving an inclusive society for all.

We will:

  • Set explicit employment targets for First Nations staff, and ensure succession plans, retention strategies and supports for First Nations staff members are in place.
  • Create more First Nations identified positions, including management positions.
  • Codesign and consult First Nations communities and organisations before applying or planning for work that clearly impacts First Nations people.

 

 

 

Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander flag

Our Reconciliation Promises were co-produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and senior managers.