Reconciliation Action Plan


The 2014-2016 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)?

Our Department is in a key position to contribute to national policies, programmes, legislation and stakeholder relationships that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. To support us in our work, the 2014-2016 RAP highlights our commitment to reconciliation and details activities to build respectful relationships and greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history, cultures and the contribution they make to Australia.

The Department is committed to being an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. Our RAP commits the Department to contribute to: build the knowledge, awareness and cultural capability of staff; support the recruitment, retention and career development of Indigenous staff; and deliver policies and programmes that achieve strong employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Our plan

Indigenous business is our business. Accordingly the Department will:

  • drive a culture of opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • support all areas to achieve economic and social benefits, such as contributing to the success of Indigenous businesses and employment as a result of procurement practices
  • encourage a shared learning work environment that values the skills, knowledge, and experience of Indigenous staff and strive to enhance the cultural capacity of all staff
  • encourage greater Indigenous participation in all areas of the Department, such as policy, programmes and service delivery, to look at all opportunities to ensure Indigenous business is part of our daily business.

To do this, the Department has committed to 16 actions with the objective to review our progress and build on our achievements every 12 months up until 2016. The Department’s new RAP 2014-2016 was published on 30 Sept 2013, 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 enquiries mailbox.

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