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Cultural capability and engagement

Ensuring our people have the skills to build strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities.

A solid foundation of cultural capability is essential to achieving our vision. We work with BlackCard, a Supply Nation-certified business, to deliver our Group-wide Cultural Capability Framework.

Through our Yana Budjari Reconciliation Network, we engage our people in National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and AIME’s National Hoodie Day.

As well as acknowledging the Traditional Owners at events and in our branches across Australia, over 200 of our leaders have participated in the Bawaka Cultural Program and Garma to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and our shared history.

People

Supporting education and pathways into meaningful careers.

We’ve set a target to reach employment parity - 3% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation across the Group - by December 2026, with a milestone target of 1.5% by December 2020.

In order to achieve this target, we partner with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth have the right foundations for a prosperous career.

Our Indigenous Careers team is working across the business to ensure we’re growing talent internally and continuing to maintain an inclusive workplace where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees can thrive.

Business

Investing in the growth of a strong Indigenous business sector.

We take a holistic approach to investing in the Indigenous business sector. Our team of accredited Indigenous Banking Specialists provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with a personalised service that recognises their unique circumstances.

Through our partnership with Supply Nation, we’ve built an innovative app, JumpStart, to connect Indigenous businesses with skilled volunteers from Supply Nation members to access timely advice and specialist knowledge.

As a founding member of Supply Nation, we’re committed to building sustainable supply chain practices.

Communities

Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to enhance financial independence.

Our investment in communities is both morally and strategically important. Economically strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are important to maintaining an economically strong Australia.

Our commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities focus on enhancing financial wellbeing through our partnerships with Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN) and Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM), fostering economic development opportunities and delivering strategies designed for the community, by community, through our partnership with Jawun.

Our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program is a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation.

Through the program, organisations develop a business plan that documents what they commit to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

The Reconciliation Action Plan

The program is run by Reconciliation Australia, the national expert body on reconciliation in Australia.

Our full program of reconciliation initiatives is available in our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan

Contact CBA’s RAP team at reconciliationactionplan@cba.com.au.