2019 RAP Impact Report


This report explores the impact of the RAP community during the July 2018 – June 2019 reporting period.

Over 500 RAP organisations – approximately half of the organisations with active RAPs – reported data through an online questionnaire.

The questionnaire is part of the reporting required by all RAP organisations. While this provides helpful insights on the RAP network’s progress it does not completely capture the full impact of the RAP network.

This report shows:

RAP organisations demonstrate greater:

  • Recognition of the  importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to Australia’s national identity:
  • Pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  cultures.
  • Recognition of the importance of relationships  between Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander peoples  and other Australians.

A greater proportion of employees in RAP organisations:

  • Support a formal truth  telling process
  • Belief that a united Australia is possible.

In this reporting period:

  • 2,339,688 people worked or studied in an organisation with a RAP
  • $8,351,705,222 of goods and services were procured from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Read our 2019 RAP Impact Report frequently asked questions.

2019 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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