The Department's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is part of a Commonwealth and State policy seeking to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians on life expectancy, educational achievement and employment opportunities.
Our commitment to reconciliation
As a major Western Australian agency, we are able to take a leading role in fostering reconciliation. We are committed to:
- providing and promoting opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and employment;
- raising awareness within our workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and practices;
- influencing and participating in whole of government decisions to achieve equality; and
- ensuring our facilities, services and information are accessible to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the community.
About the Reconciliation Action Plan
In May 2013, we officially launched our Reconciliation Action Plan for 2012-2016 to assist us in promoting reconciliation. The Plan builds on our previous Reconciliation Action Plan and further strengthens relationships with Aboriginal customers, welcoming and accepting differences and commonalities within our cultures and increasing the opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to contribute to DoTís Business.
The Plan is a dynamic initiative, developed in consultation with staff across the Department.
The Plan includes actions that are unique to our business and services and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who access these services, as well as focusing on employment opportunities and raising awareness of cultural diversity.
The Department established a RAP Committee to lead the development and implementation of the Plan, by identifying reconciliation initiatives in line with the following key elements Ė Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.
The RAP Committee will monitor the implementation of the Plan throughout the Department, ensuring it remains relevant and is achieving its outcomes. Annual progress reports will also be provided below.
How to obtain a copy of the Reconciliation Action Plan
A copy of the Plan is provided in PDF format below.
- Reconciliation Australia
Reconciliation Australia is the peak national organisation building and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for the wellbeing of the nation.
- Share our Pride
Provides an introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture, and to building respectful relationships.
- The Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA)
DIA engages with Indigenous Western Australians and all levels of Government to improve the delivery of services, to facilitate the development of policy and programs which deliver sustainable economic, environmental and social benefits to Indigenous communities.