Workplace RAP Barometer 2016

Executive Summary

The Workplace RAP Barometer has monitored reconciliation initiatives at the workplace level since 2012, through regular online surveys of participating employees.

Overall, there have been upward trends in reconciliation attitudes and perceptions of workplace RAP impact among employees since 2014. In particular, there have been increases in the level of employees aware of Indigenous staff and the take-up of cultural awareness training, compared with 2014. However, awareness of their organisation having a Reconciliation Action Plan remains mixed, with half of all employees saying they “don’t know” if that is the case or not.

The Barometer also indicates that employees who’ve participated in at least one RAP activity with their current organisation are more likely to have high knowledge about Indigenous people and cultures, compared with those who haven’t.

Cover of 2016 Workplace RAP Barometer.

Workplace RAP Barometer 2016: Report

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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