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Reconciliation Action Plan

The City's Aboriginal Advisory Committee is assisting us with the development of our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

As our first Reconciliation Action Plan, this will pave the way for the City’s unique Reconciliation journey and provide a framework to guide the City’s staff and Council towards creating an inclusive and respectful environment in which the cultures of our first peoples are acknowledged, shared and celebrated.

According to Reconciliation Australia, a Reflect RAP:

"describes the steps required to prepare the City for reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs. Committing to a Reflect RAP will allow the City to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on its vision for reconciliation, and exploring its sphere of influence before committing to specific actions or initiatives. This process will help to produce future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable."

What is a RAP

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.

What is the RAP Program?

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
  • Unity.

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:

  • Reflect
  • Innovate
  • Stretch  
  • Elevate.

Each of the four RAP types describe what is required to build strong relationships, respect and opportunities within the organisation and wider community.

What type of RAP is the City of Bayswater developing?

The City of Bayswater will focus on developing a ReflectRAP.

A Reflect RAP describes the steps required to prepare the City for reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs. Committing to a Reflect RAP will allow the City to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on its vision for reconciliation and exploring its sphere of influence before committing to specific actions or initiatives. This process will help to produce future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.

If you have questions about the City's RAP, please contact Community Development on 9272 0658.

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