Larter Consulting acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
In July 2023, Larter launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This Reflect RAP will deepen Larter staff’s understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, better understand our sphere of influence and the contributions we can make to reconciliation through our work. Our priority reflections and actions for 2023 focus on Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.
In Larter’s RAP artwork by Leah Cummins, there are four elements in each corner representing our values: responsive, collaborative, innovate and demonstrating integrity. In the centre of the artwork is Larter Consulting with the staff and the board extending outwards, and journey lines connecting to communities. The use of the Larter values in the corners guide the way forward to a better future. Communities are represented with the Aboriginal symbol for person and the Torres Strait Islander dhari. The footprints of the Emu, Kangaroo, and person represent moving forward and never backwards to the past. The additional elements of person, mountains and people sitting with a coolamon share the strengthening of Larter to its people and First Nations peoples.
Larter’s board and staff are jointly committed to the national process of reconciliation. We recognise that reconciliation is centred upon strengthening relationships. Our vision is for all Australians to understand important elements of the history, cultures and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We strive for the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to self determine their own futures and have the same opportunities as all Australians. With respect to health, this means the right to community control of resources, and equal access to health care. This vision aligns with our broader commitment to the codesign of health services, and services being delivered in community settings.
Our consultants have a history of working on projects that have engaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. However, we aim to strengthen our cultural understandings and build closer relationships with communities and work alongside them in codesign, moving beyond consulting only. This includes building stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants and organisations as well. Larter presently partners with some First Nations consultants, and also continues to develop a database of First Nations-owned businesses in areas we work for procurement activity.
Guided by our Reflect RAP and the values represented in Leah Cummins’ artwork, we are dedicated to promoting respect, understanding, and collaboration. With Larter’s Cultural Safety and Security Policy as an integral part of our approach, we ensure that our actions reflect the principles of the Indigenous Evaluation Strategy, striving for best practices in our programs involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. As we journey together towards a more inclusive and equitable future, Larter Consulting remains steadfast in our pursuit of genuine reconciliation and positive impact for all Australians.