Our vision for reconciliation is the acknowledgement, respect and proud celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by our employees and business partners and equitable standards of living and social mobility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our journey so far

In 2014 Transurban launched our first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Key achievements on the Reflect RAP journey included:

National Reconciliation Week celebrations

Transurban acknowledged National Reconciliation Week in May 2015 with a screening for our employees of the movie Harry’s War; an award-winning short film focusing on the life of a young Aboriginal soldier, Harry Saunders, who fights for Australia in Papua New Guinea during World War II.

For National Reconciliation Week in May 2016 Transurban held our first ever Welcome to Country Ceremonies in all of our regions within Australia.

 

Career and Education Support

Career Trackers

In 2014/2015 four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students completed three-month internships within various Transurban business units aligned to their area of university study. As part of the Career Trackers program, Aboriginal interns, who were mentored by Transurban employees, worked in a variety of areas to give them insight into the skills that are highly valued within a large corporation such as Transurban.

Our Interns joined an end-of-internship gala dinner, which was attended by around 1700 guests including business leaders such as Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, where interns from around Australia shared stories about the positive impact of Career Trackers on their lives.

Ganbina

Ganbina works with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empower them to achieve true social and economic equality with other Australians within the next two generations. Specifically, they equip young people with the education, jobs training and life skills they need to become meaningfully employed and act as positive role models for others.

A group of young people from the Ganbina Industry Network program visited our Melbourne office in July 2016. The Year 10 group participated in a range of interactive discussions with employees from all areas of our business to get a well-rounded view of what life at Transurban is like, but also a personal view from each person about how their career has progressed from school to today. This was followed by a trip to the CityLink traffic control room. The group all agreed that they enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot about what we do to keep people safe.

Finally, a panel discussion with Technology and Customer Operations representatives discussed leadership qualities, career paths, their own stories and the advice they would give their 16-year-old selves. The group and panel members also talked about the different pathways into the workforce.

 

Transurban’s Innovate RAP

The Innovate RAP forms part of our broader social investment activity, which aims to make a positive difference to the communities in which we operate. It is in line with our diversity vision to ‘strengthen the Transurban community through inclusion, respect and valuing difference’. We believe a strong community is a connected community and through our social engagement, we seek to inspire, connect and mobilise communities.

Action Plan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples come from a strong, diverse and vibrant cultural history connected with Country. The empowerment of our Nation’s First Peoples is vital in creating effective and lasting programs to address inequalities and progress reconciliation in Australia.

To enable this, our Innovate RAP has four key focus areas, Cultural Awareness, Education, Employment and Strong Local Relationships. These areas focus on connecting with and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations in the regions in which Transurban operates.

 

Strong Local Relationships

Only through engagement with Australia’s First Peoples will reconciliation be successful and lasting. We will build local and national relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations and work together with other businesses to support reconciliation initiatives.

 

Cultural Awareness

Through mutual respect and understanding we can work together to address inequality. By sharing and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history with our employees and communities, we can help build a strong foundation for reconciliation within Australia.

 

Education

Through mentoring, training and skills transfer, we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations to participate and thrive in our communities. Supporting continuing school education and workplace training through ongoing relationships and guidance, we will empower new leaders and learn new insights.

 

Employment

Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and companies through direct employment addresses current inequalities and supports the creation of role models within communities. As an employer, we strive to create a workplace that is inclusive of all people and recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have specific workplace needs.