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  • INNOVATE Reconciliation Action Plan FEBRUARY 2020 - FEBRUARY 2022

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    Acknowledgment of Country TransGrid acknowledges Aboriginal

    and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this land

    and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

  • 1INNOVATE Reconciliation Action Plan February 2020 - 2022

    Message from the CEO

    Since launching our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) last year, we have embedded more than 40 actions and initiatives that aim to increase respect towards Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, build relationships with the community and create opportunities to support reconciliation.

    I am proud of the progress we have made so far, and pleased to build upon this strong foundation by developing and implementing TransGrid’s Innovate RAP.

    Our Innovate RAP reiterates our commitment to advancing reconciliation. It expands our focus to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander peoples, develop strategies that will empower them, and engage our people and stakeholders in driving positive change.

    I fully endorse our Innovate RAP and look forward to working with our RAP Advisory Committee, RAP Working Group and colleagues throughout the organisation as we continue to make progress with our reconciliation journey.

    Paul Italiano CEO TransGrid

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  • 2 INNOVATE Reconciliation Action Plan February 2020 - 2022 3INNOVATE Reconciliation Action Plan February 2020 - 2022

    CONTENTS

    Message from the CEO 1

    Our Vision 4

    Our Business 5

    Our Reconciliation Action Plan 6

    Our RAP Advisory Committee 7

    Our RAP Working Group 7

    Our Journey 8

    The Next Stage 9

    Case Studies 9

    Actions - Relationships 12

    Actions - Respect 14

    Actions - Opportunities 16

    Actions - Governance 19

    About the Artwork 20

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    Our Vision for Reconciliation

    TransGrid recognises that it has a significant role to play in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise that our transmission lines, substations and other assets exist on land that has belonged to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for millennia before European settlement. We recognise the injustices perpetrated upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the past two centuries and the devastating impact this has had on communities, including disproportionate incarceration rates, reduced life expectancies and resulting reduced access to opportunities.

    Our vision for reconciliation is a future where educational and employment opportunities are of the same high standard as those enjoyed by other Australians, and a future where Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander peoples' deep knowledge of and connection to land is recognised, respected and celebrated by all Australians. As we continue to develop our energy network we are in a unique position to play a part in nurturing a synergy with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities as we recognise that they hold great knowledge of, and have deep connections to the lands upon which those assets will exist.

    We will do this by improving relationships with, showing respect for and increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as colleagues, stakeholders, community members and consumers of our services. We will maintain a culture that values diversity and equity, and encourage all TransGrid employees and contractors to be role models for reconciliation.

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    Our Business

    For more than 60 years, TransGrid has operated and maintained the largest high voltage electricity transmission network in NSW, the ACT and other areas of the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM). We also offer a range of infrastructure and telecommunications services to meet the growing needs and expectations of our customers. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) oversees all our operations.

    In 2019, TransGrid became one of the first signatories of the Energy Charter which aims to drive cultural change throughout the industry. By signing the Energy Charter, we are committing the entire company workforce to delivering continual service improvement and added value to consumers.

    Our core business is to provide safe, reliable and sustainable transmission services at minimal cost to the end consumer through the efficient maintenance and operation of assets, sensible investment and safe working practices. Our network connects NSW to Queensland and Victoria, and forms the backbone of the NEM. It consists of 105 bulk-supply substations and over 13,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines, underground cables and interconnections.

    We connect more than three million homes and businesses to an electricity supply, and provide the platform on which energy is traded within NSW and the ACT. This allows energy consumers to gain access to the lowest cost generation available.

    As demand for energy grows and generation transitions to include more renewables, our power system is becoming increasingly congested. To maintain reliability, we are making several transmission investments that will increase network capacity so that low cost renewable generation can reach the major load centres and additional energy can be transferred within and between states. This will in turn deliver more affordable energy to consumers.

    The following four projects are part of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) Integrated System Plan.

    Queensland to New South Wales interconnector: this project will increase transfer capacity between both states, which is currently constrained. This will deliver positive benefits for consumers and the NEM.

    Victoria to New South Wales interconnector: this will increase electricity transfer capacity to deliver benefits for consumers in both states and enable the efficient transfer of generation resources. This increased interconnection capacity will also help to improve the reliability and resilience of the power system.

    Project EnergyConnect: TransGrid is partnering with ElectraNet to deliver this new electricity interconnector between Robertstown in South Australia and Wagga Wagga in NSW, with a connection into north-western Victoria. By connecting NSW and South Australia, the project will facilitate the transfer of electricity between these two markets and lower consumer energy bills.

    Humelink: the Southern Shared Network between the Snowy Mountains and Bannaby carries power from all generators across southern NSW to the major load centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. It also carries electricity from Victoria to the major load centres in NSW. The Southern Shared Network is currently constrained. It would facilitate the transfer of additional generation to demand centres including from the Snowy 2.0 expansion.

    We are also investing in modern infrastructure that supports economic and sustainable growth. Our network has enabled the reliable transmission of electricity for more than 60 years and many assets in the network are now approaching the end of their serviceable life. To address this, we are delivering Powering Sydney’s Future – a transmission cable project that will secure the future electricity supply to Sydney’s CBD and surrounding areas.

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    Our Reconciliation Action Plan

    We recognise that TransGrid has a role to play in helping to reconcile our nation and, as one of Australia’s most relied upon organisations, we can make an important contribution to addressing inequality. While there are complex social issues at play, and no quick fix, we are excited to be adding our commitment and actions to facilitating lasting change. The enduring nature of TransGrid’s business positions us with the opportunity to deliver sustainable and long reaching outcomes.

    The foundations of our journey have been laid over time and continue to grow and evolve. Our Customers and Stakeholders Group has built relationships with key community groups and land councils in the normal course of our work activity.

    The importance of consultation and respect is critical to the way we do business. Our RAP outlines our commitment to sustain and to grow these community relationships and, within TransGrid, to build the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities for those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Our reconciliation journey is Board sponsored and championed by our CEO, Paul Italiano, in collaboration with TransGrid’s Executive and RAP Advisory Committee. The RAP Advisory Committee is chaired by Paul Italiano, CEO and includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and non-Indigenous representatives from across all levels of the organisation structure.

    TransGrid has a broad sphere of influence encompassing employees and contractors, regulatory bodies, consumer advocacy groups, customers and the community. Our stakeholder engagement body, the TransGrid Advisory Cou