Minister launches Transfield Services' Reconciliation Action Plan

Australia’s Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, The Hon. Julie Collins, today launched Transfield Services’ second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The Company’s new RAP follows a successful three‐year period during which significant progress was made towards increasing Indigenous employment in its Australian business and engagement with Indigenous communities and culture.

Launching the plan today at Fennell Bay Public School on the Central Coast, Ms Collins said: “Through this plan, Transfield Services is continuing its substantial commitment towards supporting Australia’s reconciliation journey. The key targets outlined in the plan are ambitious – recognising it will take bold action and determination to achieve real change.”

“Transfield Services’ program not only recognises the importance of direct employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, but also of Indigenous economic development and business ownership to creating opportunity and jobs,” Ms Collins said.

Reconciliation Australia’s Chief Executive Leah Armstrong said: “Transfield Services has set high standards in their second Reconciliation Action Plan and has made a big commitment to providing employment, education and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

“We have found that mutually beneficial actions are more likely to stand the test of time and Transfield Services has demonstrated a long‐term commitment to building genuine partnerships and strategies that fit well with its core business,” said Ms Armstrong.

The emphasis of Transfield Services’ first RAP, launched by Australia’s then Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard, was for the company to make a contribution to the national effort in closing the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non‐Indigenous people.

Significant progress has been made, with Transfield Services employing an additional 51 self‐identified Indigenous people across its business nationally. The Company also improved its Indigenous supplier relationships by partnering with the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC), which increases its potential to engage with Indigenous suppliers and exposure to support local Indigenous businesses.

“We are proud of the achievements from our first RAP and are grateful for the learning experience it afforded us,” said Transfield Services’ Chairman, Tony Shepherd AO. “This will contribute to the success of our next RAP, in which Transfield Services has made a commitment to recruit 1,000 new Indigenous employees over the next five years.”

“We look forward to sharing the success of our business with Indigenous people and their communities,” said Mr Shepherd.

Key targets in Transfield Services’ new RAP for 2012‐2014 also include the continued support of Government initiatives such as the implementation of the new Commonwealth Government Indigenous Opportunity Policy (IOP). The Company will also evaluate a selection of Indigenous communities in which we work to understand the economic and social benefits our Indigenous Participation program has had on the broader Indigenous community.

Transfield Services’ RAP was developed in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia and outlines measurable actions that the Company takes within our business and the communities in which we work to increase Indigenous Participation. Transfield Services first RAP was the 11th corporate RAP in Australia and the first in the Australian Services market.

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