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Governance – focus and actions

Action 13: Establish and maintain an effective DHS Reconciliation Committee to drive governance of the RAP implementation

Number

Deliverables

Timeframe

Responsibility

13.1

Maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation on the DHS Reconciliation Committee.

March 2022, 2023, 2024

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

13.2

Ensure that Terms of Reference require an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person with cultural authority to be present at each meeting.

March 2022, 2023, 2024

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

13.3

Review and apply a Terms of Reference for the DHS Reconciliation Committee.

March 2022, 2023, 2024

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

13.4

DHS Reconciliation Committee meet at least four times per year to drive and monitor RAP implementation.

March, June, September, December 2022, 2023, March 2024

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

13.5

Ensure that every DHS employee knows:

  • who their DHS Reconciliation Committee   divisional representative is
  • the function of the DHS Reconciliation   Committee
  • the role of divisional representatives
  • contact information and accessibility of each   divisional representative.

July 2022, 2023

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

13.6

Ensure a DHS Reconciliation Committee member continues to be a standing representative on the committee monitoring the DHS Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

April 2022

Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Action 14: Provide appropriate support for effective implementation of RAP commitments

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Deliverables

Timeframe

Responsibility

14.1

Define and quarantine (financial and non-financial) resource needs for RAP implementation.

September 2022, 2023

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

14.2

Engage DHS senior leaders and other staff in the delivery of RAP commitments, by ensuring RAP and associated delivery is a monthly item on ELT meeting agenda.

December 2022, 2023

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

14.3

Define and maintain appropriate systems to track, measure and report on RAP commitments.

March 2022, 2023, 2024

ED, People and Performance

14.4

That ELT appoint one ELT member to be a Reconciliation Sponsor to provide linkage between ELT and the Reconciliation Committee.

March 2022

ED, Strategy and Reform

14.5

Appoint and maintain internal RAP Champions from senior management in each DHS division

March 2022

ED, Strategy and Reform

14.6

Ensure RAP Champions and DHS Executive Leadership Team meet annually with Reconciliation Committee to discuss the RAPs progress, challenges and identify opportunities for more effective implementation.

April 2022, 2023

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Action 15: Build accountability and transparency through reporting RAP achievements, challenges and learnings both internally and externally

Number

Deliverables

Timeframe

Responsibility

15.1

Complete and submit the annual RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire to Reconciliation Australia.

September 2022, 2023, 2024

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

15.2

Report RAP progress to all staff and senior leaders quarterly, including a formal report to ELT and the Senior Aboriginal Leadership group each quarter.

March, June, September, December 2022, 2023, 2024

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

15.3

Contact Reconciliation Australia to ensure that our primary and secondary contacts are up to date to ensure we are receiving important correspondence.

June 2022, 2023

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee and Reconciliation Coordinator

15.4

Follow up with Reconciliation Australia if we have not yet received our unique reporting link to participate in the RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire.

August 2022, 2023

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee and Reconciliation Coordinator

15.5

Publicly report our RAP achievements, challenges, and learnings annually.

August 2022, 2023, 2024

CE

15.6

Investigate participating in Reconciliation Australia’s biennial Workplace RAP Barometer.

May 2022

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

15.7

Continue to host the DHS Executive Leadership Team and DHS Reconciliation Committee to meet with ‘Aboriginal Community Engagement Panel’ to talk about progress of:

  • Aboriginal Workforce Strategy
  • RAP
  • changes to policy and practices across DHS.

June 2022, 2023, 2024

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

Action 16: Continue our reconciliation journey by developing our next RAP and ensuring it is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice

Number

Deliverables

Timeframe

Responsibility

16.1

Register via Reconciliation Australia’s website to begin developing our next RAP.

March 2024

Lead: Executive Sponsor, DHS Reconciliation Committee

Support: ELT

16.2

Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, external to DHS, as outlined in the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy to actively participate in the RAP Development Working Group.

April 2024

Chairperson, DHS Reconciliation Committee

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