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The Property Council acknowledges the tens of thousands of years of continuous custodianship and placemaking by First Nations peoples and their proud role in our shared future. We thank them for their custodianship of Country – land, seas and skies. 

We acknowledge the diversity of First Nations cultures, histories and peoples, and we pay our deepest respects to Elders past and present.

Launched in January 2022, our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) officially marked the beginning of the Property Council’s reconciliation journey. 

Working with Reconciliation Australia, First Nations peoples, our people, our members and other partners on this Reflect RAP has enabled us to set out a clear plan of action. With the world’s oldest continuous living culture to draw upon, the property industry has immeasurable opportunities to walk side by side with First Nations peoples towards a better future. For the Property Council, this starts with listening, learning and building cultural competency so we can walk towards reconciliation in partnership with First Australians, and use our platform to encourage others to do the same.

As Australia’s largest industry, employing over 1.4 million people, the property industry can be a strong partner with First Nations people in their quest for economic empowerment, following generations of dispossession and exclusion.

Australians today are the inheritors of a rich and unbroken history of language, culture and placemaking that stretches back more than sixty millennia. Every building and every new project sits on country that has been nurtured by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for countless generations. 

We have much to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as our industry provides liveable, sustainable and prosperous places for all Australians. The deep connection to country of First Nations Australians should be a source of respect and celebration, and be a foundation of the industry’s reconciliation journey.

We extend our sincere thanks to Reconciliation Australia and the many First Nations people and Property Council members who have helped show us the way.

WINHANGA-DURI-NYA, meaning “reflect” – Wirjudjuri language
Lani Balzan

The artwork featured in the Property Council’s RAP was created by Lani Balzan in 2021. Lani is a proud Wiradjuri woman from the Three Rivers Tribe. Her family comes from Mudgee, but she has lived in many parts of Australia and now calls the Illawarra home.

Lani helped the Property Council to articulate a visual vision for reconciliation that reflects our reconciliation journey as we embark on our Reconciliation Action Plan. At the centre of the painting sit a series of concentric circles that Lani calls a “gathering symbol”. This represents the Property Council’s members and employees. A series of u-shaped emblems radiate from edges of the gathering symbol, conveying both male and female. “It is about people coming together,” Lani says.

Land and nature are dominant forces in the artwork – both in the physical map of Australia at the top left and in the native tree to the right. These symbols remind us that every building rests on Aboriginal land and honours the custodians who have cared for Country for millennia. The pathways to the future are represented in the footprints that cross the canvas. “While property is about cities, buildings and infrastructure, peel back the layers and look at the 60,000 years of history that exists underneath,” Lani says.

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Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2022
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The Australian Reconciliation Barometer is a national research study, undertaken every two years by Reconciliation Australia since 2008.
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Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
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The Property Council embarks on our
reconciliation journey with a focus on reflection
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Reconciliation Action Plan-Quick Guide
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The Property Council’s vision for reconciliation is to understand First Australians’ profound connection to Country and to honour and celebrate this through our built environment and an industry that employs 1.4 million Australians.
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