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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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Tax gives reconciliation a good RAP

The Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan has announced the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Mr Jordan said the RAP built on what had been learnt and introduced additional initiatives to create better financial futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders now and for generations to come through employment, education and support.

"The ATO is committed to ongoing, productive relationships and expanding our free resources, tools and information," Mr Jordan said.

"We value and respect the culture and heritage of our ATO employees and aim for a workforce that reflects the diversity of Australia's population,'' Mr Jordan said.

''Guided by our RAP, by 2018 we hope to have increased the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to 2.7 per cent of our workforce."

Reconciliation plan unveiled

He said the RAP contributed to Government programs, such as Closing the Gap and the Council of Australian Governments' National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Economic Participation, by providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop their financial literacy and supporting employment.

"Progress since the introduction of the first ATO Reconciliation Action Plan includes the introduction of new community-based recruitment approaches to increase awareness of the Evergreen employment program," Mr Jordan said.

"We have also introduced a working group to streamline service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander taxpayers, and new initiatives for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business sector such as videos on the ATO's YouTube channel."

He said the short films featured Aboriginal business owners sharing their first-hand experience with tax.

"We also continue to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses by purchasing goods and services from organisations through Supply Nation," Mr Jordan said.

The full RAP can be seen at this PS News link.

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