Reconciliation Action Plan Statement of Intent

 

ACFID Secretariat has recently commenced its reconciliation journey and is developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which assist us to further develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

ACFID Secretariat is guided by Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Framework to develop this inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, and inspired by the ACFID Council who passed Resolution No. 1/2017.

ACFID’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality are realised through our vision, purpose and values. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, recognition and reconciliation are vital to the work of ACFID and its members as we work towards a world free from injustice and inequality.

ACFID and its members stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for Makarrata – “the coming together after a struggle” – through truth, justice, healing and agreement making, and support the aims and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for substantive constitutional reform.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

A Reconciliation Action Plan is a ‘strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

There are four types of RAPs that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, and Elevate. Many organisations complete successive RAPs as their reconciliation journey progresses, and ACFID intends to follow the same path. ACFID will draw reference and inspiration from both members who engage directly with indigenous communities, and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice.

Reflect RAP: scoping capacity for reconciliation

ACFID is currently developing a Reflect RAP, which will clearly set out the steps ACFID should take to prepare for pursuing reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs.

Our Reflect RAP will enable us to scope and develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, articulate our vision for reconciliation, and explore opportunities for specific actions and initiatives towards realising our vision.

The ACFID Reflect RAP will:

  • Establish an effective governance structure, including RAP Working Group with Terms of Reference
  • Determine our vision for reconciliation
  • Scope and reflect on how ACFID can contribute to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which the ACFID Secretariat operates
  • Improve relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and relevant stakeholders
  • Build our understanding of who, how, why and when to seek guidance and consultation, and
  • Prepare business cases for potential reconciliation initiatives in future RAPs.

These actions will support us to develop future RAPs that are built on respectful relationships, have a clear vision for reconciliation, and are meaningful, sustainable and mutually beneficial.

As ACFID develops this Reflect RAP, we will continue to explore and implement practical actions to become more inclusive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, develop respectful cultural relationships within our organisation and our community, and establish a uniform approach to reconciliation throughout the organisation.

Acknowledgements

ACFID acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to elders past, present and future.