300th Reconciliation Action Plan – Graincorp

Reconciliation Australia has proudly endorsed the 300th Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launched by GrainCorp, Australia’s largest listed agribusiness, at a special function in Sydney.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong said the growth of the RAP program is ensuring that more businesses are creating sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“The RAP program is about building relationships based on mutual respect and understanding,” she said.

“This culture of respect is creating an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel welcomed and supported—and it’s leading to better outcomes for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and businesses.

“We’re very excited to launch our 300th RAP and are looking forward to partnering with GrainCorp—a leading agribusiness with such a strong rural footprint.”

According the RAP Impact Measurement Report, released last month, more than 1.6 million Australians work or study in an organisation that has a RAP.

GrainCorp CEO Alison Watkins said their RAP will enable them to increase their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee targets.

“For GrainCorp, having a Reconciliation Action Plan simply makes good business sense,” Ms Watkins said.

“We’re proud of the relationships we have built with Aboriginal communities throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and we want to build these relationships to create more opportunities.” Since the launch of the RAP program in 2006, RAP organisations have committed to creating 21,000 jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with nearly 14,000 positions already filled.

The program has also generated $26 million worth of business for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and suppliers.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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