Presentation on theme: "Reconciliation Action Plan program Every Australian organisation can make a contribution to reconciliation."— Presentation transcript:
Reconciliation Action Plan program Every Australian organisation can make a contribution to reconciliation.
Independent, not for profit, peak body Bi-cultural organisation 50:50 Indigenous : Non Indigenous at all levels Funded by Federal Government and corporate sponsors Office in Canberra and Recognise campaign office in Sydney WHO IS RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA?
Trust is extremely low; Prejudice is unacceptably high; Substantial economic, education and heath gap WITHOUT THE RIGHT ‘ENVIRONMENT’, PROGRESS ON CLOSING THE GAP TARGETS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SLOW Governments across Australia spend $25billion each year on programs aimed at closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. There has been some movement, but progress is very slow. Reconciliation is about changing this context; laying the foundations WHY IS RECONCILIATION IMPORTANT?
Reduce prejudice Increase pride Support life outcomes OUR AIM … through the mobilisation of others.
Workplaces Schools Communities of Interest A RANGE OF SETTINGS Public Engagement Recognise
A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION Respect Pride in the cultures that have existed in this country for tens of thousands of years and the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Australia’s development. Opportunity Creating opportunities that will achieve equality in life expectancy, education, employment and all the important, measurable areas of disadvantage. Relationships Good relationships are based on trust, understanding, communication and mutual respect.
RAPs ARE DRIVING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE There are 480 organisations with RAPs with more than 2 million employees or students Employment 25, 044 jobs pledged: 18, 972 filled Indigenous Business $58 million spent with accredited Indigenous businesses Education $14.7 million provided for education scholarships Pro-bono $15.1 million worth of services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations Cultural competency 213, 446 employees will undertake cultural competency training Relationships Respect Opportunities
AND HAVING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR Relationships Respect Opportunities People in RAP organisations… Contact …have more frequent contact with Indigenous people (66 per cent vs. 41 per cent general population) Pride …feel prouder of Indigenous cultures (77 per cent vs. 51 per cent general population) Prejudice …are less prejudiced (9 per cent vs.70 per cent general population) Trust …have higher levels of trust (71 per cent vs. 13 per cent general population)
WHAT IS A RAP? ActionResponsibleTimelineTarget RELATIONSHIPS RESPECT OPPORTUNITIES A business plan for action
ENGAGING YOUR ‘SPHERE OF INFLUENCE’ TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION Sphere of Influence Employees Family Shareholders Visitors Suppliers Clients Community, Government & Industry networks Core business Vision for reconciliation Culture & values
R.I.S.E.: DEVELOPING A PLAN THAT SUITS YOUR ORGANISATION
ALL RAPs CONTAIN MINIMUM ACTIONS RelationshipsRespectOpportunities Your RAP working group Build local relationships National Reconciliation Week Cultural awareness NAIDOC Week Cultural protocols Employment Supplier diversity
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU www.reconciliation.org.au/RAPhub www.ShareOurPride.org.au