Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians
Reconciliation is based and measured on five interrelated dimensions: historical acceptance; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity and unity.
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) are practical plans of action based on three key elements - relationships, respect and opportunities. RAPs help workplaces build understanding, promote meaningful engagement, increase equality, and create sustainable employment opportunities and positive outcomes.
A RAP is a strategic document that supports the City of Bayswater's Business Plan. It includes practical actions that will drive the City's contribution to reconciliation within the organisation, and in the communities in which it operates.
The RAP program provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement.
The RAP program contributes to advancing the five elements of reconciliation:
- Race relations
- Equality and equity
- Institutional integrity
- Historical acceptance
No matter where an organisation is on its reconciliation journey, there is a RAP to suit. Workplaces can be supported to develop one of four types of RAP:
Each of the four RAP types describe what is required to build strong relationships, respect and opportunities within the organisation and wider community.
There are four types of Reconciliation Action Plans - Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.The City is preparing the second RAP in the series (Innovate).
An Innovate RAP outlines actions that work towards achieving our organisation’s unique vision for reconciliation. Commitments within this RAP allow organisations to be aspirational and innovative in order to gain a deeper understanding of its sphere of influence, and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation.
An Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.