News Limited has become the first Australian print news organisation to develop and implement its own Reconciliation Action Plan, setting out an agenda to strengthen and expand its partnerships with Indigenous Australians.
The plan, which represents a strong commitment to addressing Indigenous disadvantage and promoting effective reconciliation, was launched by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.
Ms Macklin said Reconciliation Action Plans recognise that all Australians can work together to build a better future for Indigenous Australians.
"The Australian Government welcomes the commitment of News Limited to reconciliation," Ms Macklin said.
"I commend them for developing a plan that acknowledges the unique role they can play in working towards the national goal of closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
"With over 9 000 employees Australia-wide and a weekly readership of over 13 million people, News Limited is well-placed to play a role in closing the gap."
Ms Macklin was joined at the launch by the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Senator Mark Arbib.
Senator Arbib said News Limited had worked with Reconciliation Australia to develop the plan.
"The Reconciliation Action Plan sets out projects and targets that are relevant and accessible to all employees, including editors, journalists and executives," Senator Arbib said.
"Key components of the plan include an Indigenous employment strategy, a corporate partnership program and the appointment of an Indigenous programs manager.
"This plan demonstrates the vital role that business and corporations can play in improving employment outcomes for Indigenous people."
With government, business, not-for-profit organisations, Indigenous people and the wider community working together, we can effectively promote reconciliation and help close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.