Reconciliation Action Plan Services
What is a Reconciliation Action (RAP) Plan?
A Rap is a strategic document that demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to create meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. It provides practical and measurable methods of reconciliation across your workplace and helps weave the values of equity, respect and inclusion into the fabric of your workplace culture.
A Reconciliation Action Plan represents a genuine step towards greater cultural awareness and maturity for your organisation. It strengthens relationships between Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples, providing a roadmap to a more diverse, dynamic and unified team.
Why do I need a Reconciliation Action Plan?
A RAP represents best-practice corporate governance across industry, with organisations large and small adopting reconciliation as a key metric of progress. A correctly curated and implemented RAP is an investment in your staff and workplace culture, creating the right environment to attract and retain Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander professionals to your organisation.
A sincere approach to reconciliation can also provide access into new markets and networks through developing ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stakeholders, opening opportunities for growth and development for your organisation.
How CIS can help
CIS is part of the community we serve, working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders within and outside the corporate landscape. Our firsthand knowledge and cultural understanding provide a unique insight that is critical for the development of a comprehensive Reconciliation Action Plan.
Working alongside your organisation we facilitate the design, creation, official endorsement and implementation of your own unique RAP, developed with key knowledge and understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within your workplace environment.
Engaging with traditional owner groups, we help co-create practical frameworks that foster cultural inclusivity at every level of your corporate structure.
We guarantee your RAP plan meets all national standards and will ensure it obtains official endorsement by Reconciliation Australia
True reconciliation is a journey, not a destination. CIS can turn your good intentions into meaningful change, helping your organisation to become a leader in inclusivity through developing equal opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Your Funds directly helping the Community
CIS is a charity, non-profit organisation working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples to improve outcomes through education, training and professional development.
Through our circular funding model, all profits generated from our services are delivered directly back to the communities in which we serve. Funds generated through our RAP Services will help support literacy & numeracy programs within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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Reconciliation action plan FAQs
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal document outlining how an organization will contribute to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia. RAPs are prepared by organizations in partnership with their local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, and are intended to be living documents that evolve over time.
Organizations that have developed a RAP do so as part of their commitment to contributing to the process of reconciliation. A RAP is a voluntary action plan and there is no legal requirement for organizations to have one. However, all Australian government departments and agencies are required to develop a RAP as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Reconciliation Action Plan Initiative.
There are many reasons why you might need a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Maybe your company is required to have one by the Commonwealth Government, or maybe you want to improve relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whatever the reason, a RAP can help your business progress towards reconciliation.
So what is a RAP? It’s basically a document that outlines your company’s commitment to reconciliation. It includes specific actions and targets that you plan to achieve, as well as reporting mechanisms to measure your progress.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the approach you take to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will depend on your organisation’s specific circumstances and culture. Our experienced and dedicated staff can assist you through the entire journey.
There are many benefits of developing and implementing a RAP. For businesses, RAPs provide an opportunity to improve their environmental sustainability Practices as well as connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In addition, Reconciliation Australia notes that businesses with a Reconciliation Action Plan report increase staff morale and levels of creativity and Innovation.