Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub

Build meaningful and respectful relationships with your Aboriginal colleagues, and learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the role you play to support our 15 RAP commitments.

The Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub provides information, support and guidance on:

  • Aboriginal cultural awareness, initiatives and events
  • Progress updates on our RAP commitments and the role you play
  • Making Aboriginal people feel welcome and valued at Transport for NSW
  • Protocols for community consultation and meaningful engagement in programs and initiatives.

As custodians of Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal people alone possess the knowledge, skills and experiences to give authenticity to Aboriginal programs and initiatives. Building genuine partnerships and consulting Aboriginal people and communities is imperative to leveraging this expertise.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week, Wednesday 27 May to Wednesday 3 June, is an annual event to commemorate two significant milestones in our country's history – the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.


Get involved

Here's a few ways to show your support for National Reconciliation Week 2020:


Build meaningful and respectful relationships with your Aboriginal colleagues, and learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the role you play to support our 15 RAP commitments.

The Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub provides information, support and guidance on:

  • Aboriginal cultural awareness, initiatives and events
  • Progress updates on our RAP commitments and the role you play
  • Making Aboriginal people feel welcome and valued at Transport for NSW
  • Protocols for community consultation and meaningful engagement in programs and initiatives.

As custodians of Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal people alone possess the knowledge, skills and experiences to give authenticity to Aboriginal programs and initiatives. Building genuine partnerships and consulting Aboriginal people and communities is imperative to leveraging this expertise.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week, Wednesday 27 May to Wednesday 3 June, is an annual event to commemorate two significant milestones in our country's history – the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.


Get involved

Here's a few ways to show your support for National Reconciliation Week 2020:


  • Reconciliation Action Plan update

    5 days ago

    Following the launch of our Transport Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) last year, the RAP Project team have been working to create the frameworks and tools to support the implementation of our RAP across Transport.

    It's full steam ahead, as we start to design the frameworks and strategies to support the delivery of our 15 commitments outlined in our RAP.

    The next phase of our RAP journey

    We’ve now assigned RAP Executive Sponsors and RAP Implementation Leads, who are responsible for the support and implementation of the RAP commitments within their Division and Agency. Here are the representatives across Transport:

    Division

    ...

    Following the launch of our Transport Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) last year, the RAP Project team have been working to create the frameworks and tools to support the implementation of our RAP across Transport.

    It's full steam ahead, as we start to design the frameworks and strategies to support the delivery of our 15 commitments outlined in our RAP.

    The next phase of our RAP journey

    We’ve now assigned RAP Executive Sponsors and RAP Implementation Leads, who are responsible for the support and implementation of the RAP commitments within their Division and Agency. Here are the representatives across Transport:

    Division

    Executive Sponsor

    Divisional Implementation Lead

    Greater Sydney

    Rachael Wheeler

    Howard Collins

    Glenn Johnston

    Regional and Outer Metropolitan

    Tom Grosskopf

    Giulia Joliffe

    Customer Strategy and Technology

    Jason Gordon

    Suzy Grierson

    Infrastructure and Place

    Pete Church

    Belinda Padovan – Court

    Corporate Services

    Matt Fuller

    Albert Bass

    People and Culture

    Tracey Taylor

    Troy Griffith

    Safety Environment and Regulation

    Bernard Carlon

    Amanda Talbott

    Prena Kapoor

    Office of the Secretary

    Jonathon Deans

    Michelle Hill

    Point to Point Transport Commission

    David Tooze

    Tathia Shield - Wells


    The role of the RAP representatives

    The RAP Executive Sponsors champions our RAP and ensures our commitments are on track, while the RAP Implementation Leads are responsible for the tactical implementation of the RAP deliverables.

    Throughout May to July, our RAP Project team will host five co-design workshops with our RAP Implementation Leads to establish cluster-wide RAP frameworks and strategies, which include:

    • Employment, Engagement and Development Strategy
    • Communications Strategy
    • Cultural Learning Strategy
    • Procurement Strategy
    • Cultural Heritage Consultation Framework
    • Aboriginal Arts Strategy


    These strategies and frameworks will streamline how we action our commitments across Transport.

    Get involved

    The Implementation Leads will seek feedback and input to establish these strategies and frameworks - keep an eye out for communications from your Lead.



  • Our reconciliation achievements

    7 days ago

    The bushfires, floods and COVID-19 put a pause on the delivery of our Transport Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) frameworks and strategies. That doesn’t mean we haven’t made some great headway across Transport.

    Here’s what we’ve achieved:

    Buses to Bourke
    The Buses to Bourke program repurposes retired State Transit buses to help people get to work in regional NSW. So far, 150 people have obtained employment through this program.

    Woolgoolga to Ballina Songlines
    The Woolgoolga to Ballina is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and follows a number of traditional Songlines - the trade routes and ceremonial paths of Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl and...

    The bushfires, floods and COVID-19 put a pause on the delivery of our Transport Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) frameworks and strategies. That doesn’t mean we haven’t made some great headway across Transport.

    Here’s what we’ve achieved:

    Buses to Bourke
    The Buses to Bourke program repurposes retired State Transit buses to help people get to work in regional NSW. So far, 150 people have obtained employment through this program.

    Woolgoolga to Ballina Songlines
    The Woolgoolga to Ballina is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and follows a number of traditional Songlines - the trade routes and ceremonial paths of Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl and Bundjalung Nations.

    The Art Trail is a vision to tell the stories of the Songlines and creation of stories by local Aboriginal artists. The artworks will be planned for 13 locations, including rest areas and bridge safety screens between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

    We’re now working with the local Aboriginal artists to tell their stories.

    Bark Canoe Project
    A creative way of engaging Aboriginal people in conversations about boating safety, through a collaborative effort to construct traditional bark canoes at Rozelle, Ballina and Wollongong.

    This innovative project is delivered by our Aboriginal Engagement Team, Maritime and Corporate Communications.

    Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment
    Over the last three years, we’ve increased Aboriginal representation by 22% across the Transport cluster. We’ve done this by consulting with Aboriginal Employment Agencies, to target and identify recruitment opportunities.

    We’re also supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with career pathways, through our NSW HSC Scholarship Program and Aboriginal Vet Cadet program. Our scholarship program students in years 11 and 12, provides access to financial assistance and practical work experience that aligns to their career aspirations.

    Since 2015, our 24-month Aboriginal VET Cadet program has supported 56 participants to complete both on the job development and a formal qualification. This program is designed to provide participants with the right capabilities and experiences to have a successful career in the Transport Cluster. At the moment, we’re in the process of recruiting an additional 10 Cadets for 2020.

    Acknowledgement of Stolen Generations
    Later this year, memorial plaques will be installed at train stations identified by the Stolen Generations Organisations (SGOs) as sites of importance to them including Cootamundra, Bomaderry, Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, Mittagong, Yass and Berry.

    There are also plans to tell the SGOs’ stories in the waiting room refurbishment on Platform 1, and a statue will be commissioned and erected at Central station.

    Next steps on our RAP journey
    We’re now transitioning into the Transport-wide implementation phase of our RAP. This phase will establish the RAP frameworks and strategies to ensure all areas across Transport has a united approach to delivering our commitments.

    Further details and updates about our RAP progress will be shared via the news section on the Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub.

  • Our Songlines are calling

    11 days ago

    We commissioned Yaegal woman Frances Belle Parker to create an artwork for our Reconciliation Action Plan. It shows the importance of traditional Songlines to Aboriginal people and their connection to our modern transport routes.

    In this video Frances shares the story behind her painting and what it represents.

    We commissioned Yaegal woman Frances Belle Parker to create an artwork for our Reconciliation Action Plan. It shows the importance of traditional Songlines to Aboriginal people and their connection to our modern transport routes.

    In this video Frances shares the story behind her painting and what it represents.

  • Six actions you can take to be more inclusive

    11 days ago

    At Transport, we want to build respect and understanding of Aboriginal culture and creating an inclusive environment. Learn about six actions you can take today, to be more inclusive of Aboriginal people.

    At Transport, we want to build respect and understanding of Aboriginal culture and creating an inclusive environment. Learn about six actions you can take today, to be more inclusive of Aboriginal people.