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Media release

Commonwealth Bank continues its commitment to reconciliation

11 April 2013: Commonwealth Bank has officially launched its fourth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The 2013 and 2014 RAP highlights the Bank’s achievements over the past two years and looks ahead to the future as we continue to collaborate with Indigenous Australians to achieve social, economic and financial equity. 

Building on the success and lessons learned, the 2013 and 2014 RAP includes four key areas of focus:

  • Delivering outstanding and accessible customer service to our Indigenous customers, regardless of location;
  • Providing greater employment opportunities and career development for Indigenous people;
  • Supporting the promotion of Indigenous culture across the broader community while also delivering opportunities for Commonwealth Bank Group employees to engage with local communities; and
  • Providing greater access to educational opportunities for Indigenous youth and adults, particularly in financial literacy.

Commonwealth Bank Group Executive, Group Corporate Affairs, David Cohen said, “Through our actions, our aim is to have a positive impact on reconciliation and closing the gap. We continue to measure our progress and are pleased with the achievements made since we launched our first RAP in 2008.”

“In 2009, we committed to providing 350 employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians and have delivered on this promise. Over the next two years we will continue to offer school based trainee, full time trainee and cadet opportunities to Indigenous job seekers,” he said.

In addition Commonwealth Bank is working with community partners to provide long-term opportunities for Indigenous people.

“We are delighted to incorporate a new commitment into our 2013 and 2014 RAP by extending the reach of our skilled volunteering program through a partnership with Jawun. The Jawun program offers corporate Australia an opportunity to partner with Indigenous communities to share knowledge and skills,” said Mr Cohen.

“Over the next two years, we will increase the number of skilled volunteering secondment opportunities for our people in Sydney, NSW Central Coast and north east Arnhem Land. This program will also enable our people to deepen their understanding of Indigenous culture,” he added.

Commonwealth Bank was one of the first Australian corporates to adopt a RAP as part of the national program established by Reconciliation Australia.

To read Commonwealth Bank’s 2013 and 2014 RAP, visit

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For further information, contact:

Georgia Psaltis
Commonwealth Bank
T (02) 9118 6487 | M 0477 341 093 


Media contact:

Georgia Psaltis
Commonwealth Bank
T (02) 9118 6487 | M 0477 341 093