Our commitment to First Nations Australians
For GPT, Reconciliation is about empowering and supporting First Nations People in our communities and building stronger relationships between the wider Australian community and First Nations People. We recognise the path to Reconciliation is complex and we are committed to making a difference in our sphere of influence to help achieve a better future for all Australians.
At GPT, we strive to build connections in our communities and we value the varied cultures that exist in Australian society. We promote diversity and celebrate all cultures as this enables our assets to operate dynamically and in harmony with community.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Since 2015, GPT has formally supported Reconciliation Australia’s vision of national reconciliation which is based on five critical dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance.
In October 2023, GPT launched its second Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan which is a three year, public commitment to our vision.
GPT stands for change: our vision for reconciliation is that we work together to create a nation grounded in equity, respect and reciprocity.
We are committed to working towards our vision for reconciliation, ensuring that we:
- Honour our responsibility for Country, culture and community in the places we create and how we operate
- Advocate for truth-telling, shared understanding and learning
- Respect the knowledge, leadership and diversity of First Nations people and cultures, and
- Act in partnership with First Nations people and others, to create opportunities for everyone.
As a leading Australian property company, we will continue to work with our industry network, Reconciliation Australia, our First Nations partners and our communities to advance our vision for reconciliation. In particular we are committed to continuing to enhance business practices in the property industry to uphold businesses’ responsibilities for human rights. This includes protecting and restoring culture and ecology, ensuring economic and social equity in projects and partnerships, and continuing to advance First Nations engagement in placemaking.
This is GPT’s third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and second Stretch RAP, outlining our formal commitments to reconciliation in Australia.
Our vision for reconciliation is an inclusive Australia.
As a Top 50 ASX-listed company and one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, GPT has an opportunity to build awareness of First Nations history and culture with our customers, communities and other stakeholder groups.
We are continuing to learn and partner with First Nations businesses, organisations and communities at an asset level and in our corporate activities. We have a working First Nations Engagement Strategy to support our collaboration. With this, GPT is exploring and developing two-way partnerships with First Nations stakeholders in the communities where we have assets, to find genuine ways our customers can connect and learn more together.
Our First Nations People Strategy continues to mature. We are proud to be a 10x10 Program partner with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program which provides internships, work experience and employment opportunities for First Nations Australians. GPT has a cultural leave policy, available to all staff, and a structured learning and development program specifically designed to support our people’s understanding of First Nations’ history and culture.
We are asking more of our contractors, our suppliers and our peers. We are encouraging these stakeholders to join the reconciliation movement.
With our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, we are continuing to challenge ourselves to find ways we can embed reconciliation goals into our business practices.