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Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

City of Darwin is calling for expressions of interest from community members to join the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG), to deliver a Reconciliation Action Plan to Council in 2020.

A Reconciliation Action Plan is a strategic document that details how an organisation will contribute to reconciliation within their organisation and within the communities in which they operate. Designed by Reconciliation Australia they are intended to improve relationships, respect and opportunities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians, so that we may all participate in a just and equitable workplace and in turn, contribute to a reconciled Australia.

City of Darwin has laid foundations and now wants to build on this by supporting external activities through Reconciliation Week and National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week.

City of Darwin is calling for expressions of interest from community members to join its 11 member Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG).

Three community members will be chosen to join five City of Darwin staff members and one Elected Member on the Working Group, with priory given to people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, in line with Reconciliation Australia’s good practice guide.

The Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group will be tasked with developing City of Darwin’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in line with five dimensions of reconciliation action:

  • race relations,
  • equality and equity,
  • institutional integrity,
  • unity and
  • historical acceptance

and reconciliation framework:

  • building and encouraging relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, organisations, and the broader Australian community.
  • fostering and embedding respect for the world’s longest surviving cultures and communities.
  • develop opportunities within your organisation or services to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Applications for the RAPWG will close Thursday 14 November at 5pm, with applicants notified of the outcome Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest Form, demonstrating their knowledge and experience in consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

FAQ's

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

A RAP is a strategic document that details how an organisation will contribute to reconciliation within their organisation and within the communities in which they operate.

What are the different kinds of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s)?

There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.
Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey. City of Darwin will be undertaking an ‘Innovate’ RAP.

Why is City of Darwin developing a RAP?

Darwin is a multicultural city, built on Aboriginal land; undertaking a RAP is an acknowledgement of our history and cultural past and an important step in establishing a connected community that has pride in our cultural identity.

How will the RAP be developed?

City of Darwin is establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group who will be tasked with delivering the RAP to Council for consideration in 2020.

Who will be appointed to the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG)?

The RAPWG will be comprised of 11 members:

  • 3 Community Members
  • 1 Elected Member
  • 5 City of Darwin Staff Members
  • 1 Chair
  • 1 Co-Chair
How can I apply to be a part of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG)?

City of Darwin is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from community members to join its 11 member Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG).
To apply, email a signed and completed EOI form (addressing each of the selection criteria) to: rosanna.desantis@darwin.nt.gov.au

When do applications close?

The EOI period will close at 5pm on Thursday 14 November 2019, with successful applicants notified of the outcome by Wednesday 20 November.

What training will I be required to undergo as a member of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG)?

Successful applicants will be required to complete a 2-day Cultural Safety Training Course aimed to better resource group members for their work in supporting and implementing initiatives and priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

What time commitment will be involved for members of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG)?

Appointment to the RAPWG will be for a period of 2 years. Members will need to attend a RAPWG meeting held once every two months. The meetings will be catered and held on a weeknight, outside of normal business hours.

Will community members of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG) be remunerated?

Yes. Community members of the RAPWG will be remunerated as per sitting fees for Elected Members

More Information

For further information regarding the RAPWG and application process please contact City of Darwin’s Community and Cultural Development Coordinator Rosanna De Santis.

Rosanna.DeSantis@darwin.nt.gov.au

08 8930 0560

Last modified 
04 Nov 2019

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