Reconciliation Action Plan
Acknowledgement and thank you
Bank Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which our business is based, in particular the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and the Gurnai Kurnai people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which most of our staff live and work. We pay our respects to Traditional Owners past, present and emerging and particularly acknowledge the valuable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations provided in creating our fourth Reconciliation Action Plan.
Our RAP Journey
In 2010 Bank Australia became the first customer owned bank in Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We are now in the tenth year of our RAP journey. Our focus over the past years has been taking action to improve cultural awareness, build capacity and empower individuals through traineeships and community leadership programs.
Indigenous Land Management and our Conservation Reserve
Indigenous Land Management has maintained Australia for tens of thousands of years. This knowledge is essential to addressing the climate crisis on our reserve and across Australia, and is valuable for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working with plants, animals and the ecosystems.
We’re working with BGLC and the CFA to support Traditional Owners to use cultural burning practices on the reserve, an activity performed by Indigenous peoples across Australia before colonisation. A Traditional Burn is a cool, low intensity burn that’s closely managed. One purpose is to gently remove fire risk to decrease the likelihood and severity of bushfires. Traditionally, cool burns also aided hunting.
It’s also an important cultural practice for Traditional Owners and Elders, as well as a way to rebuild this knowledge which was prevented from being passed down by Colonisation.
“We hadn’t had that transfer of knowledge about fire, so we had to build it up” Damien Skurrie, Parks Vic