We are passionate about respecting, embracing and celebrating First Nations cultures – through visitor experiences and creative programming.
Since time immemorial Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has been a place of gathering and belonging. The Gadigal and Sydney basin clans would meet on the tidal island, dance, sing, feast, exchange knowledge and share stories.
The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.
In 2011, the Opera House became the first performing arts organisation in Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. This plan brings focus and clarity to our First Nations activities, a roadmap to achieving the organisation’s reconciliation aspirations.
In the eight years since the Opera House joined Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program, it has broadened and strengthened our commitment, embedding the values of reconciliation across everything we do.
The RAP Working Group terms of reference set out the group’s role to:
Support the Opera House’s RAP leadership role by advocating for the RAP and related activities to external stakeholders, including visitors, on-site partners, contractors, resident companies and industry colleagues.
Provide a platform for staff and visitors to access First Nations content through programming and visitor experience projects.
Encourage a safe, inclusive workplace that supports First Nations staff.
Run projects that enable participation by First Nations people.
Embed First Nations cultures and RAP values across the organisation through advocacy that raises awareness and inspires staff.
Share expertise and perspectives with each other to make meaningful change.
Develop cultural competence across the organisation
Read our Reconciliation Action Plan
Find out more about our First Nations Career Development opportunities or contact the Recruitment Team.