Reconciliation Action Plan

During 2020, the City of Bayswater undertook community consultation to support the development of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021 – 2023.

The City of Bayswater  Reflect RAP 2019 - 2020 paved the way for the City’s unique reconciliation journey to work towards creating an inclusive and respectful environment, in which the cultures of our First Peoples are acknowledged, shared and celebrated.

The City, in its commitment to continue our reconciliation journey, undertook community consultation in November 2020 and January 2021 to inform the development of the next RAP in the series, referred to as the Innovate RAP.

The draft implementation Plan for the City of Bayswater Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021 – 2023 will be presented to the City's Reconciliation Advisory Committee on Wednesday 3 March 2021 with a recommendation to Council to endorse the Innovate RAP 2021 - 2023 before submitting to Reconciliation Australia for conditional endorsement.

If you have questions about the City's Reconciliation journey, please contact Community Development on 9272 0658 or email

What is Reconciliation?

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.


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?

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.

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