Now, at this critical time in Australia—as we consider who we are, and who we want to be—reconciliation must be at the heart of our vision for our nation. Reconciliation must inspire us to transform Australian society into one which all people can enjoy equally—an aspiration in the best interests of all Australians.
All Australians have a critical role to play in advancing reconciliation in ways that honour our history, while moving forward with a focus on what unites us.
Australia has developed a strong foundation for reconciliation though the many achievements and milestones detailed in the ‘Our Story’ timeline. But as we continue to work towards a reconciled Australia, it’s important that we have a shared language and vision. Reconciliation Australia’s State of Reconciliation in Australia report outlines the following five dimensions, when woven together, provide us with a clear picture of a future Australia—a reconciled Australia:
Race relations: All Australians understand and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous cultures, rights and experiences, which results in stronger relationships based on trust and respect and that are free of racism.
Equality and equity: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participate equally in a range of life opportunities and the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are recognised and upheld.
Institutional integrity: The active support of reconciliation by the nation’s political, business and community structures.
Unity: An Australian society that values and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of a shared national identity.
Historical acceptance: All Australians understand and accept the wrongs of the past and the impact of these wrongs. Australia makes amends for the wrongs of the past and ensures these wrongs are never repeated.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.