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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

This year’s theme is “Be Brave. Make Change.” challenging all Australians to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

We all need to work together and do our part to create a more just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

Endorsement of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

In celebration of Reconciliation Week, we’re excited to share that Reconciliation Australia has officially endorsed our AGPAL Group of Companies’ Reflect Reconciliation Plan (RAP).

Reconciliation Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation and the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. Their goal is to promote and facilitate reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. One way they are achieving this is by helping organisations develop and implement Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Based on the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations’ self-determination.

There are four RAP types; reflect, innovate, stretch and elevate. Each RAP type is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of its reconciliation journey, and organisations can repeat the same kind of RAP if appropriate. The AGPAL Group of Companies are in the first stage; reflect. Reflect RAPs are for 12 months and set out steps that provide a foundation for future reconciliation initiatives.

The AGPAL Group is committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the RAP process as a meaningful driver of sustained, purposeful action on the reconciliation journey. Through our programs and services, we will work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations to strengthen our organisation’s cultural safety and diversity and the organisations that engage with us. Our R­AP can be viewed here on the Reconciliation Australia website.

We look forward to sharing our progress and learnings as we continue on our reconciliation journey to better strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples for the benefit of all Australians.

If your organisation is interested in learning more about the RAP process, head to the Reconciliation Australia website. The development of all Reconciliation Action Plans is a collaborative partnership with Reconciliation Australia.

“Be Brave. Make Change.”

Recognising that we can all make a difference, we encourage you to identify ways your team can contribute to National Reconciliation Week or your own reconciliation journey. Reconciliation Australia’s website provides an overview of the history behind National Reconciliation Week and several useful resources to support you in making change.

If you’d like to share your reconciliation initiatives with our team, we’d love to hear from you.