Take a look at our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is the beginning of our reconciliation journey.

At GESB, our vision for reconciliation is to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in ways that will meet their needs and help to improve superannuation outcomes. We recognise that building strong, respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities is essential in achieving reconciliation.

After months of meetings, consultation and drafting, our RAP has been put together as our formal commitment to move towards reconciliation, including the actions we plan to take. It has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

Learn about our RAP

As our Chair, John Langoulant, and CEO, Ben Palmer, have stated, “This plan formalises our commitment to improving outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and employees, and to support them throughout their journey with us so they can rely on their superannuation fund when needed. It is more than just words on a page – it will help guide and shape our operations now and into the future.”

Here are some important things to know about our RAP:

  • There are four recognised phases for reconciliation: reflect, innovate, stretch and elevate
    We’ve started in the ‘reflect’ phase. This means we’ve set our vision for reconciliation and we’re now identifying and implementing changes and initiatives that will bring our vision to life and make a difference to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and employees.
  • Our RAP is designed to promote reconciliation
    It formalises our efforts to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with financial education programs, offer work experience and employment opportunities through the WA Public Sector Commission’s Aboriginal traineeship program, and create awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures by recognising important dates throughout the year.
  • Our RAP has been illustrated by Acacia Collard
    Acacia is a young Badimia Yamatji - Balladong Noongar woman who comes from two large families in Western Australia. Acacia’s vibrant artwork has interpreted our GESB values and reconciliation priorities to bring our plan to life.
  • Reconciliation Australia is the organisation in charge of RAPs across Australia
    You might like to visit the Reconciliation Australia website to read RAPs from a wide range of organisations and learn more about reconciliation.

As part of the process of working on our Reconciliation Action Plan and related goals, we’ve built relationships with a number of partners. We’d like to thank Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Indigenous Superannuation Working Group, AUSTRAC, Indigenous Managed Services, Kuditi, Kulbardi and the Public Sector Commission WA for their ongoing input and support.

Find out more

Download our Reconciliation Action Plan for more details of why working towards reconciliation is so important to us – and what we have planned.

If you have questions about our Reconciliation Action Plan, please email reconciliation@gesb.wa.gov.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Page last updated 04 July 2019