What we do

Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 and is the lead body for reconciliation in the nation.

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation which promotes and facilitates reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Reconciliation Australia focuses on influencing organisations, people and policies. 

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

Our vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

Infographic of the five dimensions of reconciliation - race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, historical acceptance, and unity

The five dimensions of reconciliation

Our vision of reconciliation is based on five interrelated dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance.

These five dimensions do not exist in isolation; they are interrelated and Australia can only achieve full reconciliation if we progress in all five.

Our work

Three program areas deliver services, resources and advice to support reconciliation action within Australian businesses, schools, community groups and government organisations—the Reconciliation Action Plan Program, the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program, and the Indigenous Governance Program.

Influencing people is conducted through a range of activities, using tools to educate, inform and engage all Australians on reconciliation, with National Reconciliation Week the flagship event.

Influencing policies involves advocacy to advance progress in the five dimensions, producing authoritative research to inform the national conversation, including through the State of Reconciliation in Australia Report and Australian Reconciliation Barometer.

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Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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