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Great Southern Bank launches second Reconciliation Action Plan

14 December 2023

Great Southern Bank has launched its second Reconciliation Action (RAP). The ‘Innovate’ RAP details how the bank will work to address the structural barriers to financial inclusion that First Nations peoples experience, and further develop and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities.

“Building on the foundations of our first RAP, our new RAP is a significant step in our journey toward reconciliation and a more inclusive future for all Australians,” said Paul Lewis, CEO of Great Southern Bank.

“We believe in a future where all First Nations peoples have access to stable, affordable homes and opportunities to pursue their financial aspirations.

“This RAP commits us to building strong partnerships, creating meaningful employment opportunities, and evolving our supply chain to include more First Nations businesses.”

The launch of the RAP was commemorated by the unveiling of a unique artwork by Nyul Nyul man Lowell Hunter. The commissioned artwork, “Turning of the Tide” will be displayed in the bank’s Melbourne office. It tells the story of Great Southern Bank’s commitment to help address systemic barriers in banking to improve the financial and social inclusion and prosperity of First Nations people.

You can read more about the RAP and the bank’s other sustainability work on its website.

About Great Southern Bank

For over 75 years, we’ve been putting our customers first, and today we look after the banking needs of more than 400,000 Australians. We have changed our name from CUA to Great Southern Bank but we remain customer-owned and are firmly focused on our purpose of helping all Australians to own their own home.