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Reconciliation Action Plan

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is about organisations from every sector turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciling Australia. A RAP is a framework that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhanced respect and promote sustainable opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The RAP program includes a series of frameworks, each offering a different level of engagement and support. These levels are Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.

Developing and implementing a Reflect RAP allows the City of Perth to focus on building relationships both internally and externally whilst raising awareness with our stakeholders to ensure there is a shared understanding and ownership of our RAP. Throughout the actions in the Reflect RAP, the City has a strong focus on building the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities, while focusing on building a positive internal culture and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, particularly Nyoongar cultures.

The City has a long history of carrying out projects and activities that recognise history and culture, however until now, has had no formal reconciliation framework in place. The 14 months it took the City to develop its first RAP was a long journey filled with learning and discovery of histories and cultures. 

The City would like to thank its consultants, Danny Ford and Rose Walley from Kambarang Services, and Tim Muirhead from CSD Network. Without their guidance, strong relationships with the Aboriginal community, and tireless commitment and enthusiasm it would not have been possible to bring the City’s RAP to its current stage. In addition, the City would like to recognise all members of both the Internal and External Reference Groups for their sharing of knowledge and commitment of the City’s journey to reconciliation.

Questions relating to the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan should be directed to the City of Perth on (08) 9461 3333.