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Why your organisation needs a Reconciliation Action Plan.

In our previous post on the Be Recruitment blog, we explored how social care organisations can create an inclusive work environment that supports all employees, including the development of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) to help create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

But what exactly is a Reconciliation Action Plan, and how can you implement a RAP in your organisation? Read on to find out more!

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan?

A Reconciliation Action Plan is a strategic framework that enables an organisation to identify and address the specific needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is based on three core concepts: Relationships, Respect, and Opportunities.

Relationships refer to the importance of building meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities. This involves engaging with Indigenous stakeholders, learning about their history, culture, and perspectives, and involving them in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Respect involves recognising and valuing the unique cultures, languages, and identities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This means promoting cultural awareness and competence among staff, customers, and partners, and creating safe and inclusive spaces that celebrate diversity and promote understanding.

Opportunities refer to the need to create economic and social opportunities that benefit Indigenous peoples and communities. This involves setting Indigenous employment and procurement targets, supporting Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs, and investing in education and training programs that empower Indigenous youth and adults.

RAPs and Cultural Practice Leadership Roles

At Be Recruitment, we are working alongside social care organisations that are seeking to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in cultural practice leadership roles.

These roles involve working closely with Indigenous communities to ensure that their cultural needs and practices are respected and integrated into the care provided.

It is important that these leadership roles are performed by applicants who identify as First Nations people, as they have a unique understanding of their community’s culture and values.

By providing leadership opportunities for First Nations people, social care organisations can contribute to closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and promote the importance of cultural diversity and inclusion.

How can your organisation develop a Reconciliation Action Plan?

Since the launch of the RAP program in 2006, thousands of organisations have developed and implemented their own RAPs. These include social care organisations, large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, government agencies, and not-for-profit organisations.

To develop a RAP, organisations can use the resources and support available from Reconciliation Australia, a national not-for-profit organisation that oversees the RAP program.

Reconciliation Australia provides a range of tools, templates, and training programs that can help organisations to engage with Indigenous stakeholders, develop culturally appropriate policies and procedures, and monitor and report on their progress towards reconciliation.

Our team here at Be Recruitment are also available to help any organisations looking to implement a Reconciliation Action Plan or find suitable candidates for cultural practice leadership roles. Get in touch with us to find out more today.

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