In 2009, Allens became the first top-tier law firm in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). In 2018, we released our fifth RAP, focusing on the development of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the fostering of respect and the creation of opportunities.
Through a range of RAP programs and initiatives, Allens invests in Indigenous commercial relationships; advocates and leads on reconciliation in our profession; creates employment opportunities in our firm and community; supports Indigenous clients and relevant public interest organisations through pro bono legal advice; builds cultural capacity in our firm and community; and tracks and reports on progress.
Allens' Indigenous Legal Internship program commenced in 2006. Through that program, more than 120 Indigenous law students have taken up the opportunity to experience life at a commercial law firm.
Allens is a founding member of Supply Nation, which provides a national directory of Indigenous businesses. Allens seeks opportunities to engage in commercial relationships with Indigenous businesses, to diversify its supply chain and provide indirect employment opportunities.
For many years, Allens has sponsored and coordinated an annual legal moot for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students studying at Queensland Universities, giving those students first-hand experience with leading barristers and firms and access to the Queensland judiciary.