About Us

As the lead body for reconciliation in Australia, we inspire and enable all Australians to build relationships, respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Our vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia

Our purpose is to inspire and enable all Australians to contribute to the reconciliation of the nation.

Our History

Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 as the national body on reconciliation in Australia.

Our organisation was established following the disbandment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) in 2000. The CAR was established in 1991 under the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991.

The CAR’s vision statement called for “A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.”

Patrick Dodson, known as the ‘Father of Reconciliation’, was the first Chairperson of the CAR.

Strategic Direction

Our vision of reconciliation is based on five inter-related dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity and historical acceptance. These five dimensions do not exist in isolation; they are inter-related, and Australia can only achieve full reconciliation if we progress in all five.

Informed by the five dimensions of reconciliation, Reconciliation Australia’s Strategic Plan will drive national reconciliation over the next five years through education, engagement, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan articulates how our staff, board and stakeholders will engage in reconciliation action and contribute to greater unity in the community we serve.


Full details provided in the following publication:

Our Board, CEO and Executive Leadership Team