L-R: Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson , CDF, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, Aunty Agnes Shea, Elder of the Ngunnawal people, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Alan Lucas, & Laurellee Watson from Indigenous Supplier Engagement at the launch of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan during the official renaming of the Russell theatrette to the Ngunnawal Theatrette.
We are pleased to announce the release of the next Defence Reconciliation Action Plan . Reflecting our enduring commitment and recognition of reconciliation, as a fundamental aspect of Pathway to Change and the overarching Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the D-RAP drives three simple concepts of respect, inclusion and fairness and provides the broader plan for progressing Indigenous Affairs reform across Defence over the next three years.
Director of Indigenous Affairs Glynn Greenaway, Members of the Worimi People, members of the Wathaurong People, representatives of the aircraft design artists, Balarinji, Warrant Officer Len Waters family and Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, in front of the Worimi F/A-18A Hornet. Photo by CPL Ben Dempster.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Worimi F/A-18A Hornet aircraft was unveiled on 25 February 2015 at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, demonstrating the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs' (DIA) and RAAFís longstanding commitment to celebrating Indigenous men and women who serve with distinction in the Australian Defence Forces.
In a joint partnership, DIA and Air Force organised to have the Hornet pained in Indigenous artwork, depicting Kilyarr Kilyarr, the Wedgetail Eagle- a powerful bird of prey which dominates the skies over Australian land and seascapes.
The Directorate of Indigenous Affairs, in consultation with Defence's training institutions and the Defence Learning Branch has developed a Cultural Awareness Indigenous (CA(I)) Learning Framework.
The Framework is focused on increasing Defence's capability by ensuring all employees have a better understanding of the culture, history and traditions of Indigenous Australians. The framework provides a five-tiered approach to CA(I) training.
The 27 2015 Defence Indigenous Trainees were inducted into Defence at HMAS Cerberus during their second week as Australian Public Servants from the 16 - 20 February 2015. The trainees reside in different states with majority living and working in Canberra.
Throughout the week, the trainees were exposed to presentations such as conduct, probation and performance, managing personal finances, writing skills, introduction to CIT training, importance of nutrition, managing stress, attention and focus and impulse control.
The cohort was also taken on Navy lead activities, such as a low ropes course, a pool activity and on a Navy speedboat.
Defence is proud of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have contributed to the defence of Australia in times of peace and war. Defence acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of country and is committed to increasing the role of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).
The Directorate of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) sits within the Diversity(CoDE) to ensure Defence's Indigenous priorities are aligned to broader change programs and to improve the services delivered by Defence People Group.
DIA manages the portfolio of work established through the:
These two strategies encompass recruitment, retention and cultural programs which are implemented across the entire Defence organisation, including Navy, Army and Air Force.
Defence is committed to the Commonwealth Government Indigenous employment target of 2.5 per cent by 2018 and procurement target of 3 per cent by 2020.
To achieve these strategic objectives, Defence continues to engage with the public through universities, TAFEs, schools, community groups, businesses partnering in community engagement and government agencies.