Community support for Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) is increasing significantly. More than 750 organisations around Australia now have a RAP, with 334 of these being at the starting “Reflect” level, and 20 being at the invitation-only “Elevate” level.
A RAP provides a framework with measurable actions and outcomes for an organisation to support the movement towards reconciliation in Australia. It helps to build reconciliation and respectful relationships both within an organisation, and in the communities where that organisation operates.
RAPs not only assist with positive relations by taking steps toward reducing unconscious bias and increasing cultural competence, they can benefit the economy by forging new supply connections with the Aboriginal business sector, which has flow-on effects to the economic prosperity of families and communities.
There are four kinds of RAP: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.
A Reflect RAP clearly sets out the steps you should take to prepare your organisation for reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs.
An Innovate RAP outlines actions that work towards achieving your organisation’s unique vision for reconciliation. Commitments within this RAP allow your organisation to be aspirational and innovative.
A Stretch RAP is best suited to organisations that have developed strategies, and established a strong approach towards advancing reconciliation internally and within the organisation’s sphere of influence.
An Elevate RAP is for organisations that have a proven track record of embedding effective RAP initiatives in their organisation through their Stretch RAPs, and are ready to take on a leadership position to advance national reconciliation.
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