Energy Minister Bill Johnston today launched Western Power's Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that features a range of initiatives directed towards strengthening relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The latest RAP builds on the outcomes of Western Power's previous Reflect RAP from 2017, which sets the path forward for its reconciliation journey.
It included the formation of a Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, which includes 50 per cent Aboriginal employees.
Western Power has engaged in partnership agreements with the Waalitj Foundation and Clontarf Foundation, targeting entry-level pathway positions through sport and art.
Three Clontarf students and one Waalitj student was selected to be part of Western Power's apprenticeship program this year.
Under the McGowan Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy, Western Power has exceeded targets, having awarded 11 contracts to Aboriginal businesses.
Western Power commissioned Noongar artist Buffie Corunna to create artwork for its Indigenous brand extension, which is being displayed on its vehicles and uniforms.
The Innovate RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and embeds practices and principles across the organisation.
Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:
"The McGowan Government is committed to working towards meaningful change in the path to reconciliation, and recognises the injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the scale of work that needs to be done."
"I commend Western Power on this work and look forward to participating in this next chapter of its reconciliation journey."
"Reconciliation and Closing the Gap is an integral goal of the McGowan Government and steadfast commitment from Western Power."