How we’re putting First Nations First

We’re committed to furthering self determination through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led innovation and wisdom.

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians and owners of the lands on which we work and live across Australia. We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and emerging young leaders. We are committed to collaboration that furthers self-determination and creates a better future for all. 

We acknowledge the world is changing and that all of the challenges facing our society are more deeply felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Embedding a cultural lens across all of our work is a priority in any strategy that is created and implemented.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation Leadership Statement for self determination and change

We believe it’s unacceptable that systems designed to support people maintain the ongoing impacts of colonisation and intergenerational trauma.

We have a responsibility to be part of this change.

Standing in our commitment, we respect that we, TACSI, as individuals and as a whole, have a lot to learn about how to further self-determination. Each step must begin with acknowledging the true history of harm done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In our choices, we seek to learn the many ways to let go of power. And as we go, building deep, authentic and meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities is a critical part of this journey as well. Walking together, with compassion, we seek to learn from and build on over 70,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience and wisdom.

Without having all the answers, we are moving forward. We have the conviction that disrupting disadvantage, reaching the heart of intergenerational trauma and furthering self-determination is achieved by inspiring, influencing and unlocking the potential people hold. 

We will achieve this by building our connection and responsibility to one another.

We’ve developed a Reflect RAP as a key action to deepen and progress our collective and individual journey toward reconciliation, and play our part in working toward reconciliation in Australia.

Read our Reconciliation Action Plan
The Many threads of allyship

Our Many Threads prompt book for First Nations allyship

Many Threads is a set of practical prompts to help non-Aboriginal and non-Torres Strait Islander people engage with First Nations Peoples, and foreground First Nations’ wisdom, so that together, we can further reconciliation, self-determination and change, and build allyship.

These prompts are intended to be woven throughout a project or organisation, and are based on our understanding of what it means to be a good ally in 2022. It’s just a start; we expect to revise and update – and we always welcome feedback.

Read the Many Threads prompt book

Aunty Vickey Charles, Aboriginal Lead & Aunty in Residence

Yarning with Aunty Vickey Charles,
TACSI’s Aboriginal Lead & Aunty in Residence

In this video, Aunty Vickey Charles shares her cultural take on the discovery process, including how she connects and engages with communities. Aunty Vickey Charles also reflects on her own life story, and how her lived and living experience as an Alawa/Mara woman has shaped her life’s work and unique perspective.

Hear some more about our allyship journey and explore what allyship might look like in your organisation.

Check out our 'Allyship for organisations' course.

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We are committed to fostering a workplace environment that puts cultural sensitivity, safety and inclusion at the forefront, and that understands, values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Culture.

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If you’d like to talk to TACSI about our commitment to First Nations First, we’d love to have a chat.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands in which we work and live on across Australia. We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and emerging. We are committed to collaboration that furthers self-determination and creates a better future for all. Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.
At TACSI, diversity and inclusion is more than a statement; equality and accessibility are guiding principles embedded in everything we do. We strongly believe that it’s the collective sum of all our communities differences, life experiences, and knowledge that enables both ourselves and our partners to come together to tackle complex social issues. That’s why we’re committed to having a diverse team made up of people with diverse skills from all backgrounds, including First Nations peoples, LGBTIQ+, mature-age people, and people with visible and non-visible disabilities, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.