Join the Program

Joining the RAP program is easy. Any organisation, small or large, can join.  Reconciliation Australia will work with you to tailor a plan that suits your organisation’s specific needs. Throughout the process we will provide advice to ensure your RAP contains the elements required for endorsement and has every chance of success. Your organisation can start developing a RAP by following the process below.

  1. 1. Select your RAP type

    The first step is to decide which RAP is best suited to your organisation.  The four types of Reconciliation Action Plan—Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate— are designed to suit all organisations, regardless of where they are on the reconciliation journey.

    Each RAP includes a focus on achieving outcomes in the areas of ‘relationships, respect and opportunities’.

    Each RAP template, available in step two, sets out minimum elements required for your RAP to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

    Schools and early learning services can develop a RAP through Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning.

    Reflect

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    Innovate

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    Stretch

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    Elevate

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    Schools RAPs

    Schools and early learning services

    Schools and early learning services can develop a RAP through Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning.

    Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

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    Reflect

    A Reflect RAP is for organisations just starting out on their reconciliation journey and who need to build the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities.

    A Reflect RAP will give your organisation the time and opportunity to raise awareness and support for your RAP inside your organisation.  It will also assist you to  develop a solid RAP governance model and build the business case for future commitments to cultural learning, and practising cultural protocols considering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment.

    Innovate

    An Innovate RAP is for organisations that have developed relationships with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and are ready to develop or implement programs for cultural learning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and supplier diversity.

    An Innovate RAP will give your organisation the freedom to develop and test new and innovative approaches, and embed the RAP in your organisation.

    Stretch

    A Stretch RAP is for organisations ready to challenge themselves by setting targets for the actions outlined in their RAP.

    A Stretch RAP will give your organisation the opportunity to focus on tried and tested strategies and programs and set clear and measurable targets to deepen its impact.

    Elevate

    An Elevate RAP is for organisations with a long, successful history in the RAP Program; a current Stretch RAP and a willingness to significantly invest in reconciliation.

    Elevate RAP organisations are among an elite group of leaders driving reconciliation in their sector.

  2. 2. Start drafting your RAP using the templates

    Once you’ve decided which RAP you will develop, download the appropriate RAP template from the links below to start writing your first draft.

    Each RAP template sets out action, target, responsibility, and  timeline columns under the headings ‘relationships’, ‘respect’, ‘opportunities’, as well as a ‘tracking progress and reporting’ section. The templates also include eight minimum elements that require different strategies depending on which type of RAP you are developing. We encourage those organisations developing Innovate and Stretch RAPs to add their own unique actions and targets under the three headings.

    Schools and early learning services can develop a RAP through Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning.

    Reflect RAP template___ Innovate RAP template__  Stretch RAP template___ Elevate RAP template

  3. 3. Submit your RAP to us for review

    Please submit your first draft to your RAP Officer in MS Word document format via email. If you do not yet have a RAP Officer, please use the below form to submit your first draft. Your RAP Officer will be in touch shortly.