Reconciliation Action Plan


The 2017-2020 Reconciliation Action Plan promotes the Department’s commitment to reconciliation and improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the key areas of employment and workplace relations, and is taking a coordinated approach to embedding reconciliation into everyday business practices.

Why do we have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

Employment is central to our national economic strength and wellbeing. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve financial security bringing with it a sense of worth and achievement. The Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly the Department of Jobs and Small Business) (the Department) touches the lives of all Australians either directly by providing employment opportunities to the unemployed or indirectly by contributing to better outcomes for communities.

We are committed to achieving reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community by supporting the recruitment, retention and career development of our Indigenous employees. The department has set a target to increase our Indigenous workforce to three percent by 30 June 2018.

Our vision

Our policies and programs drive achieving parity in employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and support the creation of inclusive workplaces where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture are valued and recognised as a proud part of a shared national identity.

Our Commitment “It starts with me”

Indigenous business is our business. Accordingly, the department is committed to achieving the Government’s priority of getting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into work, to share equally in our vision of More Jobs. Great Workplaces. by:

  • building the knowledge and cultural capability of all employees
  • supporting the recruitment and career development of our Indigenous employees
  • delivering policies and programs that achieve strong outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Reconciliation matters. Reconciliation is gained by individuals who take on their own reconciliation journey and share learnings and experiences with others. Reconciliation matters to all of our employees. It matters that we are all treating each other with respect and honesty and are working together to achieve a common goal. It matters to our senior leaders that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can find work to support their families in a workplace that values their history, culture, skills and life experience.

The department continues to make a deliberate effort to connect Indigenous Australians to work and to grow and foster our own Indigenous workforce at all levels. We are strengthening our foundation of reconciliation by committing to take practical actions over the next three years.

Over the next three years, our priorities are:

  • More Jobs. Great Workplaces: for Indigenous Australians
    Support the Government’s target of halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018).
  • Inclusive work environment: cultural capability and reconciliation
    Support our employees in their reconciliation journey and the development of their cultural capability through shared learning, celebration and unity.
  • Foster careers: career development and retention of our Indigenous workforce
    Support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to build on their skills and knowledge to pursue career opportunities.
  • Recruit with ease
    Support our managers to attract talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through respectful and inclusive recruitment practices.
  • Increase our business with Indigenous Suppliers
    Continue to be leaders in supporting Indigenous procurement by engaging with more Indigenous owned and managed businesses into the future

The Department’s new RAP 2017-2020 was published on 2 June 2017, and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

For more information the Department’s Reconciliation Action Plan is available.

Want to know more?

For enquiries relating to the Reconciliation Action Plan email the Department’s RAP mailbox.

Additional information about reconciliation and Reconciliation Action Plans is available on the Reconciliation Australia website.