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Statement from the Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia
Reconciliation Australia commends Department of Human Services (SA) on the formal endorsement of its second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Since 2006, RAPs have provided a framework for organisations to leverage their structures and diverse spheres of influence to support the national reconciliation movement.
With close to 3 million people now either working or studying in an organisation with a RAP, the program’s potential for impact is greater than ever. Department of Human Services continues to be part of a strong network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have taken goodwill and transformed it into action.
The four RAP types — Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate — allow RAP partners to continuously strengthen reconciliation commitments and constantly strive to apply learnings in new ways.
An Innovate RAP is a crucial and rewarding period in an organisation’s reconciliation journey. It is a time to build the strong foundations and relationships that ensure sustainable, thoughtful, and impactful RAP outcomes into the future.
An integral part of building these foundations is reflecting on and cataloguing the successes and challenges of previous RAPs. Learnings gained through effort and innovation are invaluable resources that Department of Human Services will continuously draw upon to create RAP commitments rooted in experience and maturity.
These learnings extend to Department of Human Services using the lens of reconciliation to better understand its core business, sphere of influence, and diverse community of staff and stakeholders.
The RAP program’s emphasis on relationships, respect, and opportunities gives organisations a framework from which to foster connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rooted in mutual collaboration and trust.
This Innovate RAP is an opportunity for Department of Human Services to strengthen these relationships, gain crucial experience, and nurture connections that will become the lifeblood of its future RAP commitments. By enabling and empowering staff to contribute to this process, Department of Human Services will ensure shared and cooperative success in the long-term.
Gaining experience and reflecting on pertinent learnings will ensure the sustainability of Department of Human Services’ future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives, providing meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.
Congratulations Department of Human Services on your second Innovate RAP and I look forward to following your ongoing reconciliation journey.
Chief Executive Officer