We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Australia, the lands and waters on which we meet each day. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and we extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Reconciliation and closing the social, economic and health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is an important issue for the Australian business community and Norton Rose Fulbright.
We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2014 and are now pleased to share our second RAP launched in 2017.
Our RAP sets out actions that will help us increase business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also details our commitment to building cultural awareness amongst staff, and provides opportunities for our people to be involved in meaningful and long lasting reconciliation initiatives.
We are pleased to stand with our fellow legal practitioners in the call for support for the establishment of a First Nations’ Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum as a national priority. This is an important next step toward reconciliation for all Australians and is consistent with our Reconciliation Action Plan and our ongoing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. #Ulurustatement #Firstnationsvoice #reconciliation.
We are proud that a large portion of our pro bono legal work is dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and businesses.
We also formed in October 2018 a majority Indigenous-owned law firm, Jaramer Legal, in a joint venture with Mailman Law. Jaramer Legal works with Indigenous businesses, communities and lawyers to help build strong and sustainable Australian businesses that improve the economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples and employment opportunities for Indigenous commercial lawyers.