RAPs – It’s All in the Numbers

 In Indigenous Governance Program, RAPs

Each year, Reconciliation Australia tracks and measures the impact of its RAP program. The data used to measure that impact is drawn from annual program reporting provided by RAP organisations themselves.

The results for 2016 are contained in the recently published RAP Impact Measurement Report drawn from the responses of 343 RAP organisations.

It is clearly evident from the Report that in workplaces across Australia, RAPs continue to enhance relationships, drive respect and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The facts and figures show how RAPs are at the forefront in advancing social change.

Inspiring RAP facts about relationships include:

  • 767 organisations have now created a RAP;
  • 6,658 partnerships exist between those RAP organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • $24 million has been donated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the last 12 months.

One of many examples of the benefit of good relationships is St Vincent’s Health Australia:

St Vincent’s Health Australia created an art work to symbolise the organisation’s commitment to reconciliation. The three panelled art work was a collaborative effort involving 50 hospital staff and led by three prominent First Australian artists from Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

“Our RAP Collaborative Art Project has significance to our organisation on many levels. Most importantly the making of the art work helped us understand what we are trying to achieve. Reconciliation is a big issue for many people working at St Vincent’s so we thought this is a way to raise awareness, increase understanding and also create a fabulous and meaningful art work for our RAP.” –Monique Silk, Project Curator

Inspiring RAP facts relating to respect include:

  • 1,579,916 Australians work or study in an organisation with a current RAP
  • 51,797 employees completed online cultural learning
  • 46,446 employees completed face-to face cultural awareness training
  • 3,043 employees completed face-to face cultural immersion

One of the many examples of how RAPs engender respect comes from Westpac:

During NAIDOC Week 2016, Westpac distributed 300 hampers to selected Westpac branches across the country containing items from 12 First Australian suppliers. This promoted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers, built awareness of Westpac Group’s supplier diversity policy, and encouraged teams to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Recipients were chosen by the Indigenous Business Team, commending teams who supported their visitation program and had high cultural awareness competency. The hamper provider, Global Outback, said it was the first time they had been asked to source all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products and have gone on to form new supplier relationships as a result.

Inspiring RAP facts about opportunities include:

  • $14,613,877 was provided by RAP organisations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education scholarships;
  • RAP organisations purchased goods and services worth $169,457,556 from Supply Nation certified businesses;
  • 19,413 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are working or studying in organisations with a current RAP
  • $16,322,301 in pro bono support was provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or communities

One of many examples of opportunities provided by a RAP organisation comes from the Australian Red Cross:

Australian Red Cross now employs 11 local Tiwi staff who run programs including community capacity building and supporting the elderly and people with mental health worries. Most staff are trained in Mental Health First Aid which many of the youth workers incorporate in their work supporting young people on Tiwi Island. Staff also support the community during the cyclone and wet season so they are ready if disaster strikes. With nearly 40 per cent of the Tiwi population under the age of 24, working with young people continues to be a large part of Red Cross’ work on the island.

The full RAP Impact Measurement Report can be accessed through the Reconciliation Australia website.

Image: Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohammed and artist Chern’ee Sutton at the launch of the Dreamworld Stretch RAP

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