2021 RAP Impact report


The 2021 RAP Impact report marks 15 years of of the RAP program, demonstrating how far we have come.

Reporting on information drawn from our RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire, collected  from 1,134 RAP organisations, the 2021 RAP Impact report sets out to demonstrate the extraordinary impact of the RAP network’s activity in the 2021 financial year.

For the first time, this report includes results from the Leadership Survey; a new research tool that takes a snapshot of perceptions and attitudes on reconciliation within Stretch and Elevate RAP partners. Surveying 8,192 employees from 24 organisations, the pilot Leadership Survey sets the benchmark for continued study on the partners at the forefront of the RAP network.

Findings include: 

  • Close to 4 million people now either work or study in a RAP organisation
  • Over $2 billion worth of goods and services spent with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses
  • 88 per cent of employees in Stretch and Elevate organisations believe their organisation has a clear public stance against racism
  • 47 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in Stretch and Elevate organisations believe their workplace is welcoming and respectful for new First Nations employees 

2021 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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