The ATO has learnt a lot about how we can work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help build stronger communities. In our third RAP, we want to increase our opportunities to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander small businesses through the Supply Nation (see Action 3.1). This will give us the chance to support and build relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander small business sector.
We recognise the importance of relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, based on mutually beneficial experiences. We will develop a dedicated public relations strategy and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a range of media, to increase awareness about our tailored and free support and services available to all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (see Action 1.4). We want to remain informed about what is important to the community so that the support we provide is based on real needs, stays free, and is accessible and easy to understand.
The ATO’s journey towards supporting reconciliation has been steady. The launch of our new vision in 2013 strengthened our commitment to reconciliation, as we acknowledge the responsibility we have for building Australia’s financial and social wellbeing.
We will continue to work towards achieving better economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This RAP will be used by the ATO to maintain momentum and uphold our pledge of action towards reconciliation. We will report on its progress to Reconciliation Australia. More details on our reporting can be found under the section ‘Tracking progress and reporting’ of this plan.
Our development process
The ATO’s Reconciliation action plan 2014–17 was developed in consultation and collaboration with a range of stakeholders. Within the ATO, the RAP development was led by the Access and Diversity Unit (ADU) in the ATO Corporate business line of the People, Systems, Services Group. ADU consulted with the:
- ATO People business line
- ATO Finance business line
- ATO Indigenous Working Group (comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff), and
- ATO’s Indigenous Consultative Body (comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff).
Outside the ATO, we worked with Reconciliation Australia’s guidance to reach endorsement. This ATO RAP is sponsored by our First Assistant Commissioner, ATO Corporate.