Indigenous peoples

We acknowledge Indigenous peoples' unique rights, interests and knowledge in caring for land and waters.

We partner with Indigenous communities to create positive outcomes that leave a lasting legacy.

In Australia, we maintain relationships with Indigenous communities in the Pilbara, Kimberley and South West regions. We acknowledge the unique connection that Indigenous communities have to land, waters and the environment.

We understand the importance of identifying and working with those who have longstanding cultural and spiritual connections to land and waters where we have presence.

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2019 Reconciliation Action Plan
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Cultural heritage management is integral to our operations and factored into the planning of our growth projects.


Ebony Peter Screenshot

We build long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities in which we operate.


Woodside Photography 2018 - On Site-170 [Image by Jarrad Seng]

We engage with Indigenous communities to create positive economic, social and cultural outcomes.


Woodside Photography 2018 - On Site-4 [Image by Jarrad Seng]

We are committed to providing employment and training opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.

Our continued commitment to Reconciliation

Woodside has been part of Reconciliation Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program since 2009.

Overseen by not-for-profit organisation Reconciliation Australia, RAPs require participants to publicly nominate and report on practical actions they are taking to foster reconciliation and help reduce the unacceptable life-expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Woodside was the first oil and gas company to join the program, and we've continued our pioneering approach. Our 2016 - 2020 RAP has been recognised for shifting away from measuring activities, in favour of longer-term outcomes. We reported every year on progress from our base year (2016) towards committed outcomes in Respect, Relationships, Opportunities and National Leadership.

We look forward to launching our next Reconciliation Action Plan during 2021.

RAP Report 2019 (Front Cover)
124 %
Increase in contract awards to Indigenous businesses under this Elevate RAP
66 %
Of the Australian-based workforce has completed cultural learning since 2016
55 %
Of Woodside trainees and apprentices in 2020 were Indigenous