The RAP Framework

The four RAP types – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate – allow organisations to continuously develop their reconciliation commitments.

Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Framework provides organisations with a structured approach to advance reconciliation.

The framework of relationships, respect and opportunities enables organisations to turn their good intentions into action and to support the national reconciliation movement.

Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey.

Reflect: Building strong foundations

A Reflect RAP helps prepare an organisation to engage in reconciliation meaningfully.

Committing to a Reflect RAP starts with engaging staff and leaders in understanding the importance of reconciliation.

It includes developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, and scoping where your organisation can best have impact in your sphere of influence.

A Reflect RAP is implemented over 12 – 18 months.

Innovate: Implementing change

An Innovate RAP outlines actions for achieving your organisation’s vision for reconciliation.

Innovate RAP commitments allow your organisation to gain a deeper understanding of your sphere of influence, and establish the best approaches to advance reconciliation.

An Innovate RAP focuses on strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and piloting strategies for further reconciliation commitments and to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

An Innovate RAP is implemented over two years.

Stretch RAP: Reconciliation leadership

A Stretch RAP is best suited to organisations that demonstrate strong meaningful engagement with internal and external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

These organisations need to have established a very strong approach towards advancing reconciliation internally and within the organisation’s sphere of influence. The Stretch RAP requires organisations to embed reconciliation initiatives into business strategies, so they become ‘business as usual’.

A Stretch RAP spans a three-year period and is focused on high impact commitments based on defined measurable targets and goals.

An organisation must have successfully completed an Elevate, Stretch or Innovate RAP to be considered. 

Note: Please contact Reconciliation Australia if you are considering a Stretch RAP as there are specific requirements, expectations and processes.

Elevate RAP: Transformational change

Elevate RAP organisations have a strong strategic relationship with Reconciliation Australia and actively champion initiatives to uphold the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and drive systemic and transformational change.

Elevate RAP organisations have a proven track record of embedding effective RAP initiatives in their organisation through Stretch RAPs and are ready to take on leadership to advance national reconciliation.

They must demonstrate high accountability measures including independent assessment of their activities.

Elevate RAPs are implemented over a three-year term.

Note: Please contact Reconciliation Australia if you are considering an Elevate RAP as there are specific requirements, expectations and processes.

For more information on durations of RAPs, which organisations are right for which RAP type, and what the key expectations are in each RAP type, read the RAP Framework document.

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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