Our vision for reconciliation
At Perpetual, our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that is more equal, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the same opportunities for prosperity and are actively engaged in their own future.
A future where individuals, organisations and communities have the support and resources to ensure good governance, economic independence and mutual respect for their cultures.
We want to see an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and businesses are self-sustaining, self-determined and are valued for their contribution to the Australian experience.
Our focus areas for reconciliation and action
Partnering with clients to build enduring prosperity
Supporting communities to build independence
Creating an inclusive and culturally respectful workplace
Ensuring strong governance and reporting
We commit to partnering with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and other stakeholders to build good governance, sustainable funding models and improve financial literacy while promoting reconciliation through our sphere of influence with our clients, people and partners.
We work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients through our Native Title team to provide culturally appropriate financial services that deliver enduring benefits and financial independence for our clients and the communities they are part of.
We commit to actively seeking to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities to build intergenerational wealth through increasing home ownership, making a will or accessing superannuation.
We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and will work to actively increase awareness of and commitment to the Statement inside and outside of our company.
Whether as an employer, a business partner or through our philanthropy networks, we will also seek to use our influence to promote reconciliation.
We support communities to build independence, promoting philanthropic support and training for not-for-profits and buying products and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned suppliers.
Our Native Title team works with 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups across Australia and we seek to provide support that creates positive lasting outcomes for the communities we work with.
With a 100-year history of working with philanthropic trusts, we can promote support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profits through our philanthropic client, employee and broader business networks and insights.
We commit to creating a fulfilling, diverse and inclusive workplace where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their unique place in Australia’s history are represented, respected and celebrated. We want to build an inclusive environment where our people can thrive and contribute in their own distinctive way and one that is reflective of the diversity in Australia.
We will continually review and update our policies related to anti-discrimination and regularly promote these policies to our people through communications and training to ensure we have a culture that does not tolerate discrimination in all forms.
In addition, we commit to increasing our cultural awareness and learning through new training programs, and to provide more opportunities for employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within our organisation.
We will ensure strong governance, oversight and reporting on our Reconciliation Action Plan so we deliver on our commitments, learn and share successes with our people and our stakeholders.
PERPETUAL STRETCH RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN CASE STUDIES
Case study 1
GROWING DIGITAL FINANCIAL LITERACY
First Nations Foundation (FNF) has launched the world’s first digital financial literacy education program, called ‘My Money Dream’, to help First Nations people develop their financial knowledge. It involves a validated training program, adapted from 10 years of face-to-face delivery to provide culturally appropriate and, accessible digital financial literacy programs to transform the lives of individuals, their families, friends and communities.
Perpetual facilitated funding from the Rowe Family Foundation, one of the philanthropic trusts managed by Perpetual, to purchase FNF’s digital financial literacy licences for the Wunan Foundation to use within the community.
The Wunan Foundation is an Aboriginal development corporation in the East Kimberley, WA dedicated to driving long-term economic outcomes for Aboriginal people and was able to use this donation to provide financial literacy education among its communities and constituents.
The funding from the Rowe Family Foundation is an example of how philanthropy as a sector can provide important support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations such as FNF and Wunan Foundation to work with their communities to tackle issues like financial literacy - in a culturally appropriate way, from community, for community.
Case study 2
HELPING YOUNG WOMEN ENJOY GREATER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLNESS
Since 2018, the Cape York Girl Academy Wellbeing and Engagement program has been funded by the E Robert Hayles and Alison L Hayles Charitable Trust after consultation with Perpetual’s philanthropy team. The Wellbeing and Engagement Program is designed to help students to enjoy greater mental and physical ‘wellness’ and lift engagement with their education.
The support services provided to students include:
- Initial health assessments and development of individual health plans
- Health and lifestyle education via inhouse support and partnership with specialist providers
- Life skill coaching to prepare girls for transition to post school independence including a creche service and parenting coaching for students with babies
- Legal, relationship and financial counselling.
Case study 3
WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER-LED ORGANISATIONS THROUGH JAWUN
Jawun means ‘friend’ in the Kuku Yalanji language of Mossman Gorge. It is a not-for-profit organisation, which places skilled people from Australia’s leading companies and government agencies into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations.
Perpetual employee, Tracey Hammond (Philanthropy & Non-Profit Services Manager), shared her experience ofa secondment through Jawun.
“I was extremely lucky to embark on a Jawun secondment to Cape York Partnerships (CYP) last year in Cairns. CYP is an Indigenous organisation that partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, governments, universities and the private sector to develop and deliver more effective ways forward in education, economic engagement and social wellbeing.
“I was privileged to work directly with Noel Pearson, founder of CYP to write a funding proposal for a ‘student home model’ boarding option. This student home model would allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote areas to attend a school, which is most suitable to their needs, while also staying with other boys and girls from First Nations communities, so they are still connected to culture and speak their language at home.
“As many Jawun secondees will tell you, I gained so much more from the secondment, personally and professionally than I could give in return, but I hope I have left a little footprint from my time there.”
Perpetual acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business.
We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. Perpetual is committed to honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.