Reconciliation at CitiPower and Powercor

About usReconciliation at CitiPower and Powercor

We recognise that reconciliation is a collective responsibility, and our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan sets out how we will play our part in creating a more inclusive future for all Victorians.

Acknowledgement of Country

We recognise Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and acknowledge their ancient and continuing connection to Country.

Our 15 offices and depots are located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung (Melbourne CBD and Burnley), Bunurong and Boon Wurrung (Brooklyn), Wadawurrung (Ballarat and Geelong), Dja Dja Wurrung Clans (Bendigo and Maryborough), Yorta Yorta Nations (Cobram, Echuca and Shepparton), Eastern Maar (Colac), Latj Latj (Mildura), Wotjobaluk (Horsham), Taungurung (Kyneton) and Eastern Maar and Gunditjmara (Warrnambool).

Our vision for reconciliation

An inclusive and unified Victoria, that honours, acknowledges, learns from and respects First Peoples’ history, heritage, culture and rights as Traditional Owners, leading to the development of respectful and mutually beneficial relationships, increased opportunities, greater equity and better outcomes for all.

Our reconciliation goals

To help us achieve our vision for reconciliation, we have developed our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Peoples self-determination.

The Reflect RAP is guided by the following goals:

  • Relationships: to build positive, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with First Peoples in the communities and regions in Victoria where we work.
  • Respect: to increase knowledge, understanding and respect within our workforce of First Peoples’ cultures, histories, heritage, connection to Country, spirituality and rights as First Peoples.
  • Opportunities: to empower and increase the self-determination of Victoria’s First Peoples communities and organisations through capacity building and the creation of training, employment and business opportunities.
  • Governance: to ensure the objectives, commitments and all reporting requirements of the RAP are met in an open, transparent and inclusive manner, with First Peoples voices embedded into our reconciliation journey and related policies and strategies.

To provide First Peoples’ knowledge, perspectives and guidance on the development and delivery of our Reflect RAP and associated commitments, we have established a First Peoples Advisory Committee.

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

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    Achieving our Reflect RAP goals

    To help us achieve our goals we have identified the following key focus areas.

    Learning and development

    If we are going to build relationships with First Peoples across our network, we need to better understand First Peoples cultures, histories and lived realities.  

    To achieve this, we are undertaking cultural awareness training. Our executive team have already completed this training and  similar group sessions as well as on-line training is being made available to all employees. We are also providing cultural safety training to ensure we create culturally safe workplaces for First Peoples who work with us now and in the future.

    L-R: employees with Aunty Cheryl and Uncle Lance, employee undertaking Scar tree training, executive team at NAIDOC Week opening ceremony
    About the Reflect RAP artwork

    Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward has created CitiPower and Powercor’s Reconciliation Action Plan artwork. Ky-ya is a proud Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Ngurai illum Wurrung, German and Irish woman based in Naarm (Melbourne). 

    Ky-ya owns Djirringu Art and specialises in acrylic painting, digital works, public art, murals and jersey/shirt designs. Ky-ya has painted the RAP artwork on a column in the foyer of our head office.  

    The artwork represents the resilience of First Peoples, the journey of reconciliation and our depot footprint across Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta, Eastern Maar, Gunditjmara, Wotjobaluk, Latj Latj and Taungurung nations as energy is distributed on their Countries.

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