Nous launches Indigenous Consulting Offer alongside latest RAP

19 May 2020 3 min. read
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Nous Group has launched a new Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Consulting Offer.

Australian-founded international management consultancy Nous Group has released its latest Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) together with the launch of a new Indigenous Consulting Offer. The offer will be co-led by Nous principal Prins Ralston and director Davina McArthur, who stated that advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is critical to Australia’s future.

“The challenges and opportunities span from grassroots programs through to national policy and from remote communities to our biggest cities,” said McArthur. “Following the principles of self-determination, we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We partner to design, develop and deliver solutions by valuing the knowledge, expertise and experiences of individuals and communities.”

Aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or organisations with exclusively Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, the Indigenous Consulting Offer will draw from the firm’s expertise across all of its sectors, and builds on the firm’s existing strength in consulting with Indigenous communities through recent projects for The Aurora Education Foundation and Western Cape Communities.

Nous launches Indigenous Consulting arm alongside latest RAP

For the Western Cape Communities Trust assignment, which sought to devise a more effective services delivery model to meet the needs of eleven Traditional Owner groups and Indigenous communities in Cape York, Queensland, the Nous consultants spent time on the ground liaising with local service providers and community members in order to build connections and better understand the local context.

“Our Indigenous Consulting Offer reinforces our commitment to reconciliation, signals our intention to build on our portfolio of work and allows us to scale our influence. The offer represents a more systemic and tailored approach to partnerships,” said Nous consultant Cameron McBroom, who is Wongai Yamatji from Western Australia and served as Project Manager for the firm’s latest Reconciliation Action Plan.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The third since Nous’ inaugural RAP in 2014, the latest edition reinforces the firm’s commitment to building meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, embedding cultural learning to foster respect for Indigenous peoples and communities, and to creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage with Nous as employees and partners.

“The RAP is a statement of our values and charts a path for action,” McBroom said. “Our vision is for all Australians to have the same opportunities for social, economic and cultural prosperity, and a standard of living that is not compromised by their identity. Through building relationships, honouring culture and creating work opportunities, Nous can support reconciliation and improve the lives of all Australians.”

Tim Orton, Nous Group founder and managing director, added that reconciliation represents an essential step in strengthening the Australian soul. “For Nous Group and Nousers, reconciliation makes us stronger and more connected with Indigenous Australians and communities. We must better understand Australia’s 60,000-year history, its current manifestations, both positive and not, and its effect on the breadth of Australian life.”

Earlier this year, KPMG launched a practice dedicated to supporting Indigenous businesses.