Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history dates back more than 60,000 years. Since then, generations of people have helped make Australia what it is today.
Despite some progress in recent years, there remains a significant gap in quality of life between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.
That is why at Nous we believe reconciliation and closing the gap in key measures is a critical challenge for all Australians. We contribute to reconciliation through our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
Nous’ vision for reconciliation is for all Australians to have the same opportunities for social, economic and cultural prosperity, and a standard of living that is not compromised by their identity. This requires closing the gap between the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
“Reconciliation represents an essential step in strengthening the Australian soul,” Nous Managing Principal and CEO Tim Orton says.
“For Nous Group and Nousers, reconciliation makes us stronger and more connected with Indigenous Australians and communities. We must better understand Australia’s 60,000-year history, its current manifestations – both positive and not – and its effect on the breadth of Australian life.
“Very practically, we at Nous aspire to have more Indigenous Australian colleagues in all roles, so that we better deliver positive influence in our client work and in our professional community that is Nous.”
Nous acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and the traditional custodians of Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging in maintaining their culture, country and spiritual connection to the land. Nous uses a Reconciliation Action Plan to guide our contribution to reconciliation.
Our Innovate RAP, launched in 2020, focuses on:
Relationships. Nous is committed to building strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. This commitment drives our work to increase our engagement with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. We are committed to building, and drawing on, meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as we conduct our business. Strong, evolving relationships enable Nous to achieve positive influence through our work, and will continue to enable us to promote our vision for reconciliation.
Respect. Our vision for reconciliation is for all Australians to respect and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and heritage and for all Australians to be free to pursue their economic, social and cultural development, without discrimination. Guided by our RAP, we will embed cultural learning to foster respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and acknowledge past wrongs. We will promote, within Nous and in the broader community, a shared pride in the strengths and successes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.
Opportunities. We consider educational, financial and employment opportunities crucial to building strong and independent communities. We will create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage with Nous as employees and partners to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes within our workplace.
This RAP builds on our Reflect RAP, in place from 2014 to 2016, and our Innovate RAP, in place from 2017 to 2019.
Nous Group is committed to working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to support them to achieve their goals.
We will listen, we will learn, and we will share in the challenge of elevating the voice, rights and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will draw on our wide range of expertise to advance the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our work. We do this because our work gives us opportunities to make a positive difference and we have a moral responsibility to use those opportunities for maximum benefit.
Nous consultants – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – have vast experience working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with Indigenous Professional Services. IPS is a majority Indigenous-owned organisation that provides quality consulting services to organisations and to governments. Nous and IPS partner on projects to drive strategy at the highest levels of government and businesses.
An inclusive workforce that reflects contemporary Australia is critical to delivering performance and positive influence for our clients.
Through our Indigenous Employment Strategy we are increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we work with. More Indigenous representation will lead to better outcomes for our clients and their communities.
Our latest Indigenous Employment Strategy (2019 to 2021) has three primary objectives:
Direct employment, through more Indigenous employees at all levels across the business. At the start of the strategy, 1.7 per cent of Nousers identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and we are seeking to increase that to 4 per cent.
Indirect employment, through more Indigenous people being employed through a secondment or direct exchange.
Human resources practices, through facilitating a network of Indigenous staff, creating a supportive workplace that harnesses diversity, ensuring that Nousers are culturally competent and supporting Indigenous staff to reach their full potential.
Since 2016 Nous has collaborated with CareerTrackers to provide paid internship opportunities to Indigenous students. In the first three years of the program we welcomed eight CareerTrackers interns to Nous offices across Australia, and hosted workshops for interns across Australia. CareerTrackers honoured Nous with a 2019 Most Valued Partner Award.
Since 2012 Nous has partnered with the Aurora Education Foundation to support Aboriginal students realise their academic potential. Aurora has four programs that supports students from high school through to higher education. Nous evaluated these programs from 2015 to 2018. Several current and former Nousers are alumni from Aurora’s programs.
We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join Nous. You can find out about current opportunities on our job board.