In November 2020, QIC launched its second-generation Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), QIC's Innovate RAP. This plan sets out a number of deliverables which aim to build a better future for, pay respect to and build trust with Australia’s First Nations Peoples.
In order to support QIC’s Innovate RAP, QIC Real Estate developed an Indigenous Delivery Plan detailing the key areas of focus where our property assets and teams can make a real impact towards achieving our broader RAP deliverables. One of the key areas of focus of the QIC Real Estate Indigenous Delivery Plan is increasing procurement opportunities with Indigenous businesses. An example of where we have done this is with People First Fire.
People First Fire is a 100% First People’s owned business founded by twin brothers Jason and Grant Hardy, whose origins come from the Ualarai and Ngemba nations of Western New South Wales. People First Fire has been providing Evacuation and Warden Training Services for QIC Real Estate since July 2020 in Victoria, NSW and ACT.
In FY22, QIC Real Estate decided to appoint a national supplier for these services. Due to their professionalism and high standard of training, People First Fire was successful in their bid and was awarded a five-year contract to supply Evacuation and Warden Training Services to the whole of the national QIC Real Estate retail portfolio. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationship with People First Fire in the coming years.