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Indigenous Australians

Supporting Indigenous Australian customers, people and communities to prosper and grow.

Why is this important?

No other culture has a history as long as Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. That is something in which all Australians can take pride.
 

Yet striking disparities persist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia. This is particularly true in the areas of health, economic inclusion and empowerment. At Westpac, we have long believed we have a responsibility to use our skills and our connections in partnership with Indigenous Australian people to help bridge these disparities. 
 

By recognising the past and investing in the future we can help to shape a nation in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians share social and financial equity. In doing so, we'll contribute positively to the national economy for the benefit of all Australians.

Taking action

Our current Reconciliation Action Plan - the third since we launched our initial plan in 2010, is our most ambitious yet.  It has been ranked 'Elevate' status by Reconciliation Australia, the highest status to be awarded, and has almost 50 measurable commitments. 
 

Our focus in in four areas:

  • Financial inclusion
  • Meaningful careers
  • Strong and thriving communities
  • Recognition and advocacy
     

Initiatives in action

Jawun secondments create champions of change

Jaimes is one of more than 700 Westpac Group employees who have been seconded to share skills with Indigenous Australian organisations through Jawun.

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Collaboration to create employment pathways

Gail Morgan was among the first round of apprentices in the Warrigal hospitality apprenticeship program, created with Westpac's catering partner Compass Group.

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Acknowledging traditional owners a powerful symbol

Permanent acknowledgement signs at Westpac sites provide a simple, but important and powerful symbol of our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Indigenous Australian university internships

Aleacia McIntyre is one of at least 400 Indigenous Australian university students Westpac plans to recruit over the next decade through its partnership with CareerTrackers.

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Our progress

How we are tracking against our measures:

Objectives and measures 2015 Target by 2017
Meaningful careers
Indigenous Australians recruited 150  5001
Indigenous Australian university student interns recruited through CareerTrackers Indigenous Internships Program (cumulative number) 34 1202
Retention reporting framework and career retention programs tailored to Indigenous Australian employees Program design progressed Implementation of programs
Financial inclusion
Indigenous Australian organisations that undertake Westpac financial education training (cumulative number)  10  30
Visits to Indigenous Australian Communities by Westpac Indigenous Business Managers to engage and assess financial inclusion needs (cumulative)  25  30
Supply chain spend directed to Indigenous Australian businesses (cumulative $m)  9 10
Investigate and implement new product and service offerings to better meet the needs of Indigenous Australians Progressing Address opportunities
Strong and thriving communities
Time spent by Westpac Group employees on secondments3 with Indigenous community organisations through Jawun 391 weeks during the year 276 weeks each year
Financial grants made to organisations supporting Indigenous Australians (number) 24 Increase YOY
Financial grants made to organisations supporting Indigenous Australians ($) 721,781 Increase YOY
Recognition advocacy
Completions of Indigenous Cultural Awareness training module by employees 1,442 Increase YOY
Branches with permanent signs which acknowledge Traditional Owners of land (number) 750 Full network
Community visits by Westpac Group senior leaders to organisations through Jawun (cumulative visits) 6  15
Improve outcomes in biennial RAP Employee Perception Barometer Survey in late 2016 Improve bienniall

 

1. 2015-17 cumulative target, introduced to align with 2015-17 Reconciliation Action Plan.
2. Westpac aims to recruit at least 400 Indigenous Australian university interns over the 10 years to 2024 through our partnership with CareerTrackers.
3. Included nine 12-week secondments to support Empowered Communities program.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners as the custodians of this land, recognising their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to Australia's first peoples and to their Elders past and present.