The Reconciliation Action Plan, known as an Innovate RAP, is the third since Nous’ inaugural RAP in 2014. The Innovate RAP commits Nous to:
Cameron McBroom, who is Wongai Yamatji from Western Australia, a Nous Consultant and Project Manager for the RAP, said the RAP reflected Nous’ deep commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“The RAP is a statement of our values and charts a path for action,” Cameron said.
“Nous’ vision for reconciliation is for all Australians to understand, respect and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and heritages. This includes accepting our shared history and addressing its effects on Australian society.
“Our vision 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. Through building relationships, honouring culture and creating work opportunities, Nous can support reconciliation and improve the lives of all Australians.”
The Nous Indigenous Consulting Offer (ICO) builds on Nous’ existing strength in consulting with Indigenous communities and organisations. It recognises that Nous can have the greatest impact on reconciliation through embedding it into our core business – consulting projects. Reconciliation needs to be part of what we do every day, not just an internal initiative.
Projects in our ICO will be those where we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or organisations with exclusively Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and customers. They will also be projects where the outcome of the project has a significant impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses.
For these projects we draw on expertise from across Nous to deliver projects in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations. This will include our expertise in all our sectors and capabilities as well as in consulting with Indigenous communities.
Davina said that advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is critical to Australia’s future.
“The challenges and opportunities span from grassroots programs through to national policy and from remote communities to our biggest cities,” Davina said.
“Following the principles of self-determination, we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We partner to design, develop and deliver solutions by valuing the knowledge, expertise and experiences of individuals and communities.
“Our ICO reinforces our commitment to reconciliation, signals our intention to build on our portfolio of work and allows us to scale our influence. The offer represents a more systemic and tailored approach to partnerships.”
Tim Orton, Founder and Managing Director of Nous Group, said the new RAP and ICO were further demonstrations of Nous’ commitment to reconciliation.
“Reconciliation represents an essential step in strengthening the Australian soul,” Tim said.
“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 has a long history working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. For example, in recent years we have helped The Aurora Education Foundation evaluate its Indigenous education programs and helped the Western Cape Communities Trust design a needs-based service delivery model.