Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Committing to a journey of reflection, learning and action that will help build strong, respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Our purpose

WorkSafe is Victoria's health and safety regulator and workplace injury insurer.

As such, we have a clear purpose to reduce harm and improve outcomes for injured workers.

We acknowledge past wrongs and injustices to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We see the abiding impact of these wrongs on them.

We want all Victorian work places to be culturally safe, so that First Nations peoples can thrive.

Our journey so far

We know that we can't contribute to reconciliation, if our employees don't know what it means. As such, WorkSafe has focused on building cultural awareness across our organisation.

As of September 2023:

  • 88% of our people leaders, and
  • 75% of all employees

have completed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training.

We recognise we still have much to learn and do.

Our commitment

Through our Reflect RAP we will deepen our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

We will do this by connecting to community, to Country and to each other.

We will create space for storytelling and truth telling. We will learn through listening.

Through ongoing engagement with First Nations peoples, we will continue to improve our programs, policies, and practices to support reconciliation outcomes.

We will contribute to closing the gap in health and safety and other areas within our influence.

Our 2024 – 2025 Reflect RAP is the first plan WorkSafe have developed in partnership with Reconciliation Australia.

About our RAP artwork

In 2023, WorkSafe sought expressions of interest from local emerging Aboriginal artists to create a unique artwork for our RAP. This initiative was an opportunity to champion reconciliation and honour Indigenous culture. It also established a timeless visual representation of our commitment to unity and understanding. We received many excellent applications and chose Chloe Chatterton, Wadawurrung Artist to design our artwork.

About the artwork

The artwork showcases, celebrates and raises awareness about First Nations culture and art. Throughout the piece, multiple meeting places symbolize the significance of building stronger connections between First Nations peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Each meeting place is linked by a waterway, symbolising our connections to one another and the land. These meeting places are coloured in the distinct WorkSafe orange, emphasising the importance of fostering safe and inclusive work environments. This highlights the critical need to minimise workplace harm and improve outcomes for injured workers, ensuring a safe return home to our families.

About the artist

Chloe Chatterton is a proud Wadawurrung woman and accomplished First Nations artist living on Wurundjeri land. Her work draws inspiration from a profound spiritual connection to Wadawurrung Country—where her ancestors have nurtured the land across generations.

Chloe skillfully weaves together past and present experiences in her art. She provides insights into her identity as a Wadawurrung woman and the profound depths of Wadawurrung's history, stories, and culture. Through a combination of digital media, traditional symbols and stories, her work represents a dynamic exploration of tradition and modernity. Inspired by the coastal and inland landscapes of Wadawurrung Country, Chloe sees the act of returning to Country as a profoundly meaningful and transformative experience, serving as a source of restoration and healing.

Her artistic portfolio boasts significant contributions to projects such as:

  • the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation x Melbourne Water Partnership
  • the 2026 Commonwealth Games Design Charter
  • the Skipton Primary School Wayfinding Sign Project
  • the Denny's Place Laneway Rejuvenation Project for Department of Energy Environment and Climate Action

Chloe is dedicated to community resilience and support by donating artwork to organizations like Berry Street who raise funds to assist students and families grappling with poverty, violence, and abuse.

In her work, Chloe advocates for First Nations art, sharing the deep cultural connections to Country and raising awareness of the significance of First Nations artwork. Through her artistry and advocacy, Chloe Chatterton bridges tradition and contemporary expression, leaving a lasting mark on the canvas of Indigenous representation.

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