CSIRO’s Reconciliation Action Plan outlines the actions we will take to improve the awareness and understanding of the culture, customs, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) outline practical actions that the organisation will take to build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. A RAP also sets out the organisation's aspirations to achieve greater equality.
CSIRO’s RAP builds on the significant body of work undertaken since the development and implementation of our Indigenous Engagement Strategy in 2007 and is aligned with the CSIRO Strategy 2015–2020.
CSIRO has created an Innovate RAP which reflects our commitment to invest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge in relation to science, and the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's research and innovation landscape.
CSIRO's Innovate RAP:
- affirms its commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the oldest living culture in the world
- recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of Australia and respects their enduring connection to lands, skies, waters, plants and animals
- commits to enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to contribute to and benefit from education, science, innovation and research
- demonstrates CSIRO's commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion and cultural awareness
- demonstrates that CSIRO is working towards the Commonwealth Government’s target of three per cent of all purchases being made through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses
- commits to the Commonwealth Government’s target of 3 per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and outlines a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy to help us achieve this
- commits to celebrating the successes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the sharing of their customs, cultures, knowledge and languages to improve CSIRO’s work for the benefit of the Australian community.
The science and innovation knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is deep and CSIRO is committed to collaborating with Traditional Owners and learning from this knowledge. In doing so, CSIRO will acknowledge and respect the knowledge and intellectual property that rests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our RAP has been championed by a CSIRO's Indigenous Engagement Implementation Committee, the Office of indigenous Engagement, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff forum and the external Indigenous Strategic Advisory Council. It has also been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, CSIRO's Executive Team and the CSIRO Board.