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 implementing its first RAP in the series which is Reflect following endorsement from Reconciliation Australia in 2019.
A Reflect RAP will enable the City to scope and develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, decide on its vision for reconciliation and explore 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