Mai-Wel acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rich contribution and connection to the Land, histories, heritage and cultures of all regions across Australia.
Nationally Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent a disproportionately high number of Australians with a disability. Today Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women experience disability at approximately twice the rate of other Australians; while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are also twice as likely as other Australian children to have a disability. ABS data (2016) indicates that 5.3% of Maitland’s population and 6.7% of Cessnock’s population identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our journey to Mai-Wel’s Reconciliation Action Plan
Since 2019, Mai-Wel has been working on the creation of the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and in January 2021 the Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
The Reflect RAP is a solid foundation for our ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, programs, events and the adoption of respectful protocols.
Guided by the Reflect RAP, we will begin to explore how we can strengthen internal processes and build the cultural competency of staff. In January 2022 Mai-Wel will review this process and advance to an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan where we will adequately assess the internal needs of the organisation and progress our journey.
Mai-Wel will promote shared ownership of the RAP across the all levels of the organisation. The formal processes of the RAP development, implementation, action and reporting will be championed by General Manager Participant Services, and development, endorsement and lauch of the RAP will be led by the Aboriginal Employees Network and Leadership Team.
If you are part of a local business of organisation looking to implement a Reconciliation Action Plan, we recommend that you visit the resources available on the Reconciliation Australia website.
Mai-Wel unveils Aboriginal artwork symbolising commitment to Reconciliation Action Plan On Friday, 19 March 2021, Mai-Wel unveiled ‘Hands of Moments’, an Aboriginal artwork print, in recognition of the newly endorsed REFLECT Reconciliation Action [...]
Media Release: Mai-Wel launches Reflection Reconciliation Action Plan Released: 3 February 2021 Mai-Wel is thrilled to announce the launch of its Reflection Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which has been endorsed by Reconciliation [...]
The Mai-Wel Group acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, and recognise their continuing connection and contribution to the land.