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Aboriginal Reconciliation

Aboriginal unemployment

Forrest Personnel’s mission is to support more people to overcome barriers and find suitable work.

The rate of Aboriginal unemployment remains unacceptably high across Australia and as a leading regional employment agency, we are working to bring it down in Western Australia.

Over the years Forrest Personnel has supported many Aboriginal people to find and keep employment, but we know we can do more.

That is why we are developing our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will outline concrete actions to ensure our services are culturally safe and welcoming to Aboriginal people, so we can help more people access the life changing benefits of employment.

Background

In early 2020, Forrest Personnel partnered with IPS Management Consultants to create a RAP with CEO, Anna Bagshaw highlighting:

“We want everyone on our team to be part of this journey. It’s important to us because I want Forrest Personnel to be a welcoming place for everyone. And we want to understand what’s important to Aboriginal people with disability in their search for work. This will help Forrest Personnel to support more people to make the most of their abilities.”

A group of workshop participants are standing in front of the Forrest Personnel office

Participants from the 20 January RAP workshop from left: Nina, Brett, Jahna, Joe, Deb, Shay, Donna, Anna and Alexandra. Missing are Alicia from Geraldton and Brodie from Albany

What’s reconciliation all about?

According to the Reconciliation Australia website: “At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.”

What’s a RAP?

Reconciliation Australia defines a RAP as: “a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.”

Progress

We are proud to announce that our RAP is almost ready for publication. The draft is currently being reviewed by the committee and artwork has been commissioned from local Aboriginal artist, John Sara. Forrest Personnel has requested that Mr Sara’s artwork takes into consideration our 16 locations, from Geraldton to Esperance, and assists us with recognising the various community groups throughout the state.

Forrest Personnel is a culturally diverse organisation and we look forward to working with the Elders and other Aboriginal peoples in the community to improve access to jobs in a culturally safe and welcoming environment.


Forrest Personnel is a local charity. We specialise in supporting people with health conditions, injuries and disabilities to find and keep jobs.

If you think we can help you find employment, or if you are an employer interested in giving someone an opportunity to work, get in touch today.

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