Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is part of our broader strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander investment in communities we are working in. It has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and has 58 measurable commitments.
- Employment: providing opportunities for fulfilling and sustainable jobs
- Education, training and skills: through capacity building across the business
- Culture: identifying opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal cultures and heritage through our projects
- Spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses: creating opportunities for economic empowerment by supporting strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
Our project footprint embraces one of the highest densities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the nation. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land our project footprint embraces, along with elders past and present.
Our RAP is the framework needed to build relationships, respect and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project.
We are committed to leaving a legacy of a society where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are able to participate equally in all life opportunities free from discrimination.
WestConnex has partnered with KARI Foundation to establish the WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program as part of its commitment to deliver positive outcomes in the community. The aim is to empower Indigenous young people across South Western Sydney, giving them the opportunity to gain independence and full-time employment.
The program provides mentoring, education and assistance for disadvantaged Indigenous youth in South Western Sydney to obtain a Provisional Drivers Licence and be confident and safe drivers.
Young people in the program undertake group and individual training, be assisted by cultural and community mentors and have access to professional driving lessons. The WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program partnership will allow Indigenous youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in south-west Sydney to access the program free of charge.
263 Indigenous youth from south-west Sydney expressed interest in signing up to the first intake of the program. This included 32 young people attached to KARI’s Out of Home Care.
KARI Foundation has registered 75 young people from south-west Sydney into the official first intake of the WestConnex Indigenous Drivers program.
Candidate selection took into account social-economic situation, location, age, sex and ability to commit to the program. A waitlist for a future program with an engagement process has been deceived by the unsuccessful candidates to ensure once a position has become available they are still engaged with KARI.
Candidates have been broken into groups associated to location and ability to attend classes and driving school times. The groups have a staggered start date to ensure the availability of both mentors and the driver training school.