Reconciliation at Nous

We believe that reconciliation and closing the gap is critically important

Australia’s First Peoples have a history that dates back more than 40,000 years, over which time generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have helped make Australia what it is today.

But the gulf in understanding between Indigenous Australians and later arrivals is great, and the gap in the quality of life experienced by those two groups differs starkly.

That is why at Nous we believe reconciliation and closing the gap are critical to the work we do.

Nous’ vision for reconciliation involves understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for all Australians to share the same living standards and opportunities.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Nous acknowledges the 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 future in maintaining their culture, country and spiritual connection to the land. Nous uses a Reconciliation Action Plan to guide our action on this issue.

Our latest Innovate RAP, launched in 2017, focuses on relationships, respect and opportunities:

  • Relationships: Build and strengthen external relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by being more targeted and systematic in how we manage our relationships.
  • Respect: Embed and deepen cultural learning within Nous to build the capacity of our employees to be respectful in our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
  • Opportunities: Implement our Indigenous Employment Strategy to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes within our workplace, and to benefit Nous by creating a more diverse workplace and building our credibility in working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

This RAP build on our first Reflect RAP, in place from 2014 to 2016, which focused on building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including through project work, and fostering respect, by developing understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures among Nous staff.

Our network of consultants and clients

Nous is home to many consultants who have vast experience working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. From public policy specialists in Canberra to our human services expert in Broome, Nous understands what it takes to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

We are proud to work with clients across government, community and the private sector to assist in their work with Indigenous communities. Recent projects includes working with the Fred Hollows Foundation to improve eye health for Indigenous Australians and supporting sustainable aged care in remote communities.

Nous has a memorandum of understanding with Indigenous Professional Services to create greater opportunities for Indigenous people, communities and businesses. IPS is a majority Indigenous-owned organisation that provides quality consulting services to organisations and to government. Nous and IPS partner on projects to drive strategy at the highest levels of government and businesses.

Our Indigenous Employment Strategy

Nous believes that successful Indigenous employment delivers high performance for our clients and ensures the wellbeing of our people. We see an inclusive workforce, that reflects contemporary Australia, as critical to realising our Reasons for Being. We believe that our workplace should empower Indigenous employees to succeed and thrive, which in turn enhances the positive influence Nous can achieve through our client work.

Through our Indigenous Employment Strategy we are seeking to increase the number of Indigenous people we work with.

Our latest Indigenous Employment Strategy (2019 to 2021) has three primary objectives:

  1. 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 Indigenous, and we are seeking to increase that to 4 per cent.
  2. Indirect employment, through more Indigenous people being employed through a secondment or direct exchange.
  3. 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 in Canberra and Sydney. CareerTrackers honoured Nous with a 2019 Most Valued Partner Award.

We welcome applications from Indigenous Australians. You can find out about current opportunities on our job board.

Meet some of our consultants

Cameron McBroom, Consultant

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Cam is Wongatha Yamatji from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. He studied a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in management and marketing with a mechanical engineering breadth stream.

At Nous I have met some of the most intelligent, compassionate and inspiring people and have worked on influential and rewarding projects. I love the self-management and high level of trust that provides a unique level of freedom.

The most inspiring parts of my work are the people and the projects. I am constantly pushing through and working outside of my comfort zone. Nous is a values-based company that strives to achieve positive influence through bold thinking and engaging work, and is conscious of the impact and influence it has when delivering client and community outcomes.

Francesca Atkin, Intern Consultant 

Fran is Anaiwan and Kamilaroi from northern New South Wales. She is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and sociology.

My experience with Nous has been very positive due to the strong support network that has enabled me to develop my skills and motivate me to go beyond my comfort zone. Nous has enabled me to enhance my degree’s transferrable skills and reinforces the importance of collaboration at all levels.

The work we do is inspiring because it can significantly affect social policies and strategies in businesses, governments, non-government organisations and communities. Nous finds solutions for problems, including those that affect minorities.