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Reconciliation Action Plan

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

Our Watch acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land across Australia on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present, and we value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge.

Artwork "Mangroves" by Tarsha Davis.
Mangroves by Tarsha Davis.

Our vision for reconciliation

Our Watch shares the Reconciliation Australia vision of a reconciled, just and equitable Australia: an Australia where the voices, experiences and ideas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are central, and where violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children is a thing of the past.

Action plan for reconciliation

In September 2020, we proudly launched our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan – a key step in progressing our role in preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children and promoting reconciliation. Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan provides a framework to ensure we have strong foundations in our organisation to:

  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisation
  • Cultivate and continually improve organisational capacity to be respectful and safe in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations
  • Strengthen practices as an employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Work effectively alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations in promoting investment, systemic change, and workforce capacity nationally to address the drivers of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.

The Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan was informed by consultations with more than 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations across the country, as well as internal consultation at all levels of our organisation. We thank our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners and stakeholders around the country for their feedback and insights.

As part of the development of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, Our Watch commissioned Mangroves by Tarsha Davis, a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Mossman region of Far North Queensland. The Reconciliation Action Plan document was designed by Aboriginal-owned design agency Bayila Creative.