Just, Equitable and Reconciled Australia.
For a Better Future
Our nation holds extraordinary resources in our people, knowledges, lands and waters; however, Australia’s strong industry growth is under threat from labour and skills shortages.
Indigenous communities and businesses offer the opportunity to address these gaps, as well as to promote and achieve a more equitable share of the benefits of participation in the Australian economy.
Collaborative research and development through the EPIC CRC will address both this national imbalance and industry opportunity, while achieving the powerful promise that reconciliation offers Australia.
Australia’s Indigenous population is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2031 (ABS 2019).
The Indigenous employment rate for 15- to 65-year-olds has remained relatively unchanged between 2008 - 2019, at 49% compared to around 75% for non-Indigenous Australians.
Significant economic benefit from increased employment of Indigenous Australians, with a $6.5 billion national gain by 2031 by closing the gap in remote areas alone and a $24 billion if closed nationally.
Walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
The 2016 State of Reconciliation in Australia report published by Reconciliation Australia revealed how in the last two decades the promotion of reconciliation entered the political arena for purposes not entirely consistent with reconciliation’s intrinsic intent to unite all Australians. The intention of this report was “to spark a renewed national conversation about how, over the next 25 years, we can move towards becoming a reconciled, just and equitable Australia”.
One year later the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Referendum Convention’s Uluru Statement from the Heart addressed this crisis within Australia and detailed aspirations “for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia”: in other words, aspirations for reconciliation.
The Statement also identified the need for substantive change and reform and issued an invitation “to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”.
This CRC will take its guidance on its key priorities from Reconciliation Australia. We believe that reconciliation in Australia cannot be achieved without economic justice and full participation by Indigenous communities. Accordingly, the CRC will provide a vehicle to help reach that end, specifically by assisting in the empowerment of Indigenous peoples in Australia to more fully participate in, contribute to, lead, and enjoy the benefits of the Australian economy.