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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION

Reconciliation Action Plan Progress Report 2016–2017 INNOVATE


INDIGENOUS ARTWORK DESCRIPTION Title: Australian Rugby Union Community Artist: Taleena Simon

Background: In March 2016 the Australian Rugby Union approached Taleena Simon, an Aboriginal woman contracted to the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team, to create an Aboriginal piece of art. Taleena was asked to create a piece that reflects the ARU vision ‘To inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game’ and incorporate elements of our values – passion, integrity, discipline, respect & teamwork. Description: The artwork features a centre circle representing the Australian Rugby Union which is then surrounded by the eight State and Territory Member Unions. The flowing lines in the background represent the various rugby communities all connecting with their individual Member Unions and connecting back into the heart of the ARU. The artwork reflects the different communities connecting together from players, match officials, coaches and spectators to create a connectedness within Australia through the great game of Rugby Union. It shows the contribution every individual makes to the Rugby Union community.


THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION’S (ARU) VISION FOR RECONCILIATION IS TO ENGAGE AND WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES TO FOSTER POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS, PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND CREATE GENUINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES THROUGH RUGBY UNION.

OUR VISION FOR RECONCILIATION

ARU’S COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION ALIGNS WITH THE ORGANISATION’S CORE VISION ‘TO INSPIRE ALL AUSTRALIANS TO ENJOY OUR GREAT GLOBAL GAME’ AND IS STRENGTHENED BY OUR VALUES: PASSION, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND TEAMWORK. THE ARU ACKNOWLEDGES AND RESPECTS ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURES AS THE OLDEST LIVING CONTINUOUS CULTURES IN THIS WORLD AND PAYS RESPECT TO FIRST AUSTRALIANS’ ONGOING CONNECTION TO THE LANDS AND WATERS OF THIS COUNTRY.


MESSAGE FROM THE CEO Australian Rugby Union continues to make progress to advance reconciliation in Australia as we strive to make our game more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Since launching our second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in May 2016 we have significantly increased Indigenous participation in rugby, incorporated a Welcome to Country at all Test Matches played in Australia and provided opportunities to Indigenous owned and operated businesses. Our participation in National Close the Gap Day, National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week has grown with current and former Indigenous and non-Indigenous rugby players lending their voices to support these significant events. All staff also participate in awareness events to learn more about these significant milestones. While we still have much more to do I am proud of the progress Australian Rugby has made and am pleased to be renewing our RAP commitments for the rest of 2017 and beyond.


The priority for 2016-2017 was the establishment of Deadly7s, Australian Rugby Union’s first ever Indigenous Rugby program for primary schools across the country. Deadly7s is designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students across Australia with their first taste of rugby. The program material was developed in partnership with Aboriginal educators and community members and aligns directly with the current PDHPE syllabus. Over two terms in 2016, 2,426 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participated in the Deadly7s program including boys and girls from remote areas such as the APY Lands in South Australia and Cooktown in Far North Queensland. In total over 5,074 primary school aged boys and girls (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) participated in the program in 2016. Throughout the 2016 Qantas Wallabies season, Rugby fans in Australia and across the world were greeted by a traditional Indigenous custodian who performed a Welcome to Country before each game played on Australian soil. This significant recognition is now an ongoing tradition for all International Tests played in Australia.

SUMMARY

2016-2017


During the HSBC Sydney7s Welcome event, Australian Rugby presented all participating international teams with a modern Indigenous ‘message stick’. Message sticks were traditionally used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a form of communication in a time when there were over 250 Indigenous languages spoken across Australia. Australian Rugby used this gift presentation to welcome teams to Australia and wish them a safe return journey back to their home country. The Sydney7s trophy was also produced by an Indigenous-owned and operated manufacturer. Throughout 2016 and early 2017, work commenced on developing a Wallabies Indigenous Jersey to be worn in the third Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane on Saturday 21st October, 2017. The Wallabies Indigenous Jersey was designed by a young Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay man from Redfern in Sydney. The artwork shows the Wallabies and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together as one, with its symbols reflecting the 14 Indigenous players who have donned the Wallabies jersey and the Wallaby as a symbol for moving forward with strength, respect and courage.


RELATIONSHIPS We aim to foster and build sustainable and positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. The ARU will create greater opportunities, understanding, and a richness in diversity which will add to Rugby’s value on and off the field. ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

1. RAP Working Group (RWG) actively monitors RAP development and implementation of actions, tracking progress and reporting

• RWG oversees the development, endorsement and launch of the RAP • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are represented on the RWG • Meet at least four times per year to monitor and report on RAP implementation • Develop a Terms of Reference for the RWG • Ensure ARU Management Committee Members are represented on the RWG

On Track

• Achieved

2. Celebrate and promote National Reconciliation Week (NRW) by providing opportunities to build and maintain meaningful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians

• Organise at least one internal event for NRW each year • Support at least one external event each year • Register all NRW events via the Reconciliation Australia NRW website • Encourage all staff to participate in external events to recognise and celebrate NRW • Participate in Qantas NRW activities • Download and circulate Reconciliation Australia’s NRW resources to staff • Promote NRW to the eight ARU Member Unions, Sponsors, and other external stakeholders.

On Track

3. Develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to support positive outcomes

• Develop and implement an engagement plan to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders • Meet with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to develop guiding principles for future engagement • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant government and community organisations including Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Local Aboriginal Land Councils • Support Member Union Rugby development staff to build relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities • Develop and maintain relationships with peak education bodies to support the ARU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education programs and development of modules for use by ARU • Maintain relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media providers • Explore opportunities to support the Recognise Campaign and raising awareness for Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

On Track

• Four out of 10 members are Indigenous • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved

• Draft started for 2017 implementation • Achieved • Achieved

• Achieved/Ongoing • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved - ARU Executives and staff attended the Recognise Fundraising Gala Dinner


RELATIONSHIPS (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

4. Raise internal and external awareness of our RAP to promote reconciliation across our business and sector

• Implement and review a strategy to communicate our RAP to all internal and external stakeholders • Promote reconciliation through ongoing active engagement with all stakeholders • Communicate quarterly updates on RAP progress to all staff. • Communicate quarterly updates on RAP progress at National Heads of Game Development meetings • Encourage ARU Member Unions to develop a RAP • Encourage major sponsors to develop a RAP • Provide all new staff with a copy of the RAP as part of the induction process

On Track

• Achieved

• Support LMRDT and ARU Member Unions to deliver on field programs and tournaments which increase engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities • Provide LMRDT with office space and other support services • ARU staff to provide logistical assistance and support at the Ella 7s carnival

On Track

• Ensure that all ARU departments and staff are actively engaged with the ARU RAP and understand their responsibilities and the organisational opportunities through the implementation of this plan.

On Track

5. Strengthen and nurture positive relationships with the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT)

6. Engage staff in RAP initiatives to strengthen ARU’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved/Ongoing – QRU and Brumbies started • Achieved • Achieved/Ongoing

• Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved - Tournament saw 20 men’s and 8 women’s teams participate with 281 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants • Achieved


RESPECT The ARU will promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rich cultures and heritage to stakeholders, staff and the wider ARU community to ensure a respectful relationship is maintained between all Australians. We want to educate individuals to allow them to have a deeper understanding of the world’s oldest continuous culture and create a more reconciled nation. ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

1. Engage employees in continuous cultural learning opportunities to increase understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements

• Develop and implement a cultural awareness training plan for our staff, which defines cultural learning needs of employees in all areas of ARU business and considers various ways of which cultural learning can be provided • Investigate opportunities to work with local Traditional Owners and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants to develop cultural training. • Provide opportunities for RWG members, RAP Champions, HR Managers and other key leadership to participate in cultural training. • Extend relevant cultural training opportunities to Member Union Staff • Promote and communicate the Reconciliation Australia Share Our Pride online tool to all staff • Investigate local cultural experiences and immersion opportunities

On Track

• Achieved/Ongoing - Pindarri Consultants engaged with Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams and the ARU Community & Participation Department • Achieved

• Develop, implement and communicate a cultural protocol document for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country • Develop a list of key contacts for organising a Welcome to Country and maintain respectful partnerships • Invite a Traditional Owner to provide a Welcome to Country at significant events such as Test Matches held in Australia • Include Acknowledgement of Country at the commencement of important internal meetings • Invite a Traditional Owner into our office to explain the significance of Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country • Organise and display an Acknowledgment of Country plaque in our office/s or on our office building

On Track

2. Engage ARU employees in understanding the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols such as Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country to ensure there is a shared meaning.

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved/Ongoing • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Planned for NAIDOC Week 2017 • Achieved


RESPECT (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

3. Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to engage with their culture and communities by celebrating NAIDOC Week

• Review HR policies and procedures to ensure there are no barriers to staff participating in NAIDOC Week • Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to participate in celebrations during NAIDOC Week • Provide opportunities for all staff to participate in NAIDOC Week activities • Support an external NAIDOC Week community event • Promote NAIDOC Week to internal and external stakeholders.

On Track

• Achieved

4. Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures become a part of the rich fabric of the Rugby community.

• Showcase Rugby’s connection to First Australian history by telling the stories of the achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wallabies • Explore opportunities to utilise the ARU brands as a vehicle to extend awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage in Australia • Use ARU media and digital channels to recognise and promote recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, land and history through the powerful stories of Rugby • Investigate opportunities to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures into major Rugby events • Create profiles on the ARU website to celebrate each of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wallabies. • Promote current and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players’ achievements through stories and social media content

On Track

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved

• Planned for first ever Wallabies Indigenous round in 2017 • Currently in the process of researching all players • Achieved


OPPORTUNITIES ARU is committed to diversifying Rugby to make it a game for all Australians. To do this we understand the need to promote and provide genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate and engage with our great global game through leadership, education, supplier diversity and initiatives.

Rugby will provide and promote opportunities which will grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement with the sport. This will result in benefits for all involved, creating strength through diversity in Rugby.

ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

1. Investigate opportunities to improve and increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes within our workplace

• Develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and retention strategy • Engage with existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to consult on employment strategies, including professional development • Advertise all job vacancies in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media • Collect information on our current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to inform future employment opportunities • Review HR and recruitment procedures and policies to ensure there are no barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and future applicants participating in our workplace • Engage with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or consultants to advise on recruitment, employment and retention strategies, including professional development • Continue to partner with CareerTrackers to provide meaningful employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns • Explore opportunities to develop a traineeship program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students • Consult with Qantas Airways Indigenous Recruitment Department to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at ARU

Needs Attention

• Development of strategy has commenced

• Review procurement policies and procedures to identify barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to supply our organisation with goods and services • Develop and communicate to staff a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that can be used to procure goods and services • Develop one commercial relationship with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander owned business

On Track

2. Investigate opportunities to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity within our organisation

• Achieved • Currently investigating opportunities • Achieved • Procedures currently being reviewed with outcomes being presented throughout 2017 • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved • Opportunities still being investigated with several relationships being formed


OPPORTUNITIES (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

STATUS

PROGRESS

3. Develop initiatives to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Rugby and the ARU

• Develop and launch a targeted program engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, providing a first touch experience of Rugby, starting the participants on a pathway to ongoing engagement with the game and the strong values, and healthy behaviours associated with the sport. • Host focus groups to understand perspectives, barriers, and enablers to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Rugby. • Work with ARU Member Unions to promote Rugby Development positions amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples • Identify commercial partners with a shared vision to work on shared opportunities to develop programs to successfully engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Rugby. • Drive investment into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and events through government bodies and the Australian Rugby Foundation • Support LMRDT to research the effectiveness of their programs on participants to support grant proposals and create case studies of success

On Track

• Achieved

• Work with Rugby and community organisations to provide development training camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. • Partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to promote Rugby Union in communities. • Utilise the Junior Gold Cup as a key participation and development opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants • Collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rugby greats to identify how ARU can increase engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

On Track

4. Increase ongoing engagement with Rugby Union in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

• Action due in late 2017 • Achieved • Achieved

• Achieved • Achieved

• Opportunities and relationships still being developed on an ongoing basis • Achieved • Format of competition has changed with ongoing opportunities being explored • Achieved


CONTACT DETAILS Cass Goodwin Position: Manager, Indigenous Programs and Community Partnerships Phone: +61 2 8005 5596 Email: cass.goodwin@rugby.com.au

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