Reconciliation is a central part of Melbourne Water’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive organisation, and preserving Indigenous culture.

Through extensive engagement, we have received input from Traditional Owner partners, Aboriginal businesses, Aboriginal community groups and Melbourne Water staff to help shape the actions and vision for our 3rd Reconciliation Action Plan.

The following drop down menu will provide you with an overview of what we are working towards and who we are working with.

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples to create equality, equity and close the gap. It means acknowledging the wrongs of the past so we can understand how it impacts the present.

An important step towards historical acceptance is truth telling. Not only does it bring to light historic injustices but also recognises the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.

Truth telling is one of many actions that contribute to the ongoing journey of reconciliation under the five dimensions: historical acceptance; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity and unity.

You can find out more here

Through sustained engagement with Traditional Owners, we seek to better understand our partners’ priorities to build a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Victoria currently recognises 11 Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAP), 5 of those are custodians of the land on which Melbourne Water works:

Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation

Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation

Melbourne Water acknowledges and respects our Traditional Owner partners

Boon Wurrung Foundation

Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation

    Victoria has a strong and proud Aboriginal history, and complex ownership and land stewardship systems stretching back many thousands of years. This map allows you to find out who the formally recognised Traditional Owners are across Victoria and how they relate to our areas of operation.

    View interactive welcome to Country and Acknowledgments map

    A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is the framework organisations use to realise their vision for Reconciliation.

    Under Reconciliation Australia’s Framework, there are 4 types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate.

    Melbourne Water is currently developing its third Innovate RAP. Our RAP aims to embed actions that work towards achieving our vision for reconciliation across the 3 themes Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.

    Our RAP will focus on developing and strengthening relationships with Traditional Owner partners, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and embedding our commitments within the business.

    The development of our Reconciliation Action Plan will involve a number of consultations with partners and stakeholders over the coming months. See diagram below for who is involved:

    How are we consulting different groups?

    • Traditional Owner organisations - Monthly meetings throughout the RAP development process
    • Aboriginal Business - Online workshops and YourSay
    • Aboriginal Community groups (Meeting Places, Health and Education) - Online workshops and YourSay
    • Melbourne Water staff - Online workshops, YourSay and the newly formed Cultural Advisory group

    How will my feedback be used?

    Survey responses will be used to develop and draft actions for our next Reconciliation Action Plan. Posts to the ideas wall will help shape our Vision Statement.

    All feedback will be reviewed by the Aboriginal Engagement team and Reconciliation Working Group. We will be looking for common themes, aspirations and practical actions that will have positive impacts in the short and long term. Information gathered will feed into the draft Reconciliation Action Plan and presented via this page at the beginning of May 2021. Final review and endorsement by Traditional Owner organisations will follow before submitting the draft document to Reconciliation Australia in May 2021.

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    Have your say

    Alongside targeted workshops we are offering two ways to voice your opinion and share your ideas online:

    1. Take the survey

    2. Post ideas on the wall

    Help us build an aspirational vision that is shared by staff, community and our Traditional Owner partners.

    We want a vision that is founded on commitment to long lasting partnerships and embedding reconciliation across all the work we do.

    When posting your aspirations think about the following:

    • What does reconciliation mean to you?
    • What does reconciliation look and feel like at Melbourne Water?
    • What are some of the most powerful steps towards reconciliation we can take into the future?

    YourSay Consultation for Reconciliation Action Plan – Privacy Collection Notice

    Melbourne Water is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. Our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information is regulated by Victorian privacy laws including the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

    You can find more information about how Melbourne Water protects your privacy by viewing our Privacy Policy. For more information about Victorian privacy laws, including the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs), you can visit the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner website.

    The information you provide will be used to develop Melbourne Water’s Reconciliation Action Plan. By submitting this survey, you consent to Melbourne Water collecting any personal information which you provide in your responses such as names, address, business details, geographical location information, phone numbers or email addresses.

    Melbourne Water will delete personal information where it is no longer required, except where archiving is required and in compliance with the and the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

    Melbourne Water may do the following with your submission, after de-identifying your survey responses and submissions:

    • Publish and or quote directly from your de-identified survey responses and submissions in the strategy or its appendices, which will be publicly available documents.
    • Make your de-identified survey responses available to Traditional Owner partners, Reconciliation Australia, Aboriginal businesses and Aboriginal community groups.

    You are entitled to access and correct your personal information. If you would like to access or correct the information you have provided to Melbourne Water, please contact us by email, [email protected] In some cases, requests for personal information may be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).