Origin’s commitment to reconciliation

27 May 2016

Reconciliation is about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and working on meaningful goals and activities to close the gap with this community.

In 2015, Origin established its first Reconciliation Action Plan to continue its journey in recognising Indigenous people, while making steps to add meaningful relationships and opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

Closing the gap

Origin's first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is helping to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

In 2016, the Closing the Gap Report highlighted that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were, statistically, less likely to be employed or to complete their education, with only 59.4% completing year 12, or equivalent, compared to 84.8% of non-Indigenous Australians. There is a strong link between those who went to school and those who are employed, but still less than half (46%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over were employed in 2014-15.1

Origin recognises the important role in improving education and employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

Diversity and reconciliation

Origin works hard to promote diversity across the entire business and is proud to recognise and support a diverse network of employees. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised in a number of activities, including community building initiatives between Origin staff and locals in the areas Origin works in across Australia.

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Cultural awareness throughout the business 

As well as working to instill a reconciliation plan that’s recognised and lived out company wide, Origin builds cultural awareness by recognising and celebrating events such as NAIDOC week and, reviewing employment practices. Origin's philanthropic arm, The Origin Foundation have focused on education, to break down the cycle of disadvantage and empower young Australians to reach their full potential. 

Origin also works with Indigenous students to encourage skill development across our head offices.

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The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Origin’s RAP sets out what the business aims to achieve over the coming year. The plan is about recognising the past and changing the status quo, ensuring the business fosters a positive culture and develops lasting relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both inside and externally to the business, including adding value to the communities in which Origin operates.

Managing Director of Origin, Grant King believes the development of Origin's (RAP) marks the commencement of a very important journey.

“Our focus is to more thoughtfully and meaningfully work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” said Grant.

“At Origin, we recognise through our principles the importance of diversity and we have a commitment to respect the rights and interests of the communities we serve. We, therefore, have the opportunity and the obligation to play a more active role in Australia’s reconciliation efforts,” says King.

In the (RAP) Chief Executive Officer of  Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed writes: “As Australia’s leading integrated energy company, Origin now has a great opportunity to build on the Origin Foundation’s work in advancing reconciliation in Australia.”