Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan


Reconciliation Austrlia’s fifth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is our second Stretch RAP. By implementing RAPs of our own, Reconciliation Australiais leading by example in our application of actionable targets that demonstrate our deep commitment to achieving a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

Reconciliation Australia has been committed to developing a RAP since 2008.

This means actively practising and modelling the relationship-building behaviours we ask of the nation in pursuing reconciliation. With each RAP, we have embedded into our core business more policies and processes to influence reconciliation at a local and national scale.

Many of our actions ‘within the Australian community’ from the previous RAPs are now part of our core business and are integrated into our everyday work.

Cover of the Reconciliation Australia Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2020.

Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

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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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