2017 RAP Impact Report


The RAP Impact Measurement Report highlights the achievements of the RAP community during the reporting period July 2016 – June 2017.

This report documents the collective impact that RAPs are making towards achieving a reconciled Australia.

Each year over 100 new organisations join the RAP program, making commitments to advance reconciliation within their sphere of influence.

The report shows employees in RAP organisations have:

  • Higher trust
    77% of employees in RAP organisations  have high trust for Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples, compared with  24% of the broader Australian community
    Pride in Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander cultures
  • 77% of employees in RAP organisations  are proud of Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander cultures, compared with 60% of  the broader Australian community
  • Value Australia’s cultural diversity
    82% of employees in RAP organisations  agree that Australia is better off with many  different races and cultures, compared with 66% of the broader Australian  community .

2017 RAP Impact report

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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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