What is a RAP?

    A RAP is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

    The RAP Program contributes to advancing the five dimensions of reconciliation by supporting organisations to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Each of the four RAP types (Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate) set out the minimum elements required from an organisation to build strong relationships, respect and opportunities within the organisation and community.

    Why Develop a RAP?

    RAPs are making a difference across Australia in workplaces, universities, schools, government and community organisations.

    The RAP framework enables organisations to contribute to reconciliation by:

    • 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 organisations or services to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

    What are the benefits of a RAP?

    By developing a RAP, the Town can:

    • implement a tried and tested framework, that is proven to drive reconciliation through practical actions
    • turn good intentions into action by formalising the Town’s commitment to reconciliation
    • reaffirm institutional integrity by embedding an engaging framework contributing towards good governance practices.
    • join a dynamic, supportive and fast growing network of RAP organisations.
    • gain greater esteem as an employer of choice and build a more dynamic and diverse workforce
    • enable staff to develop greater cultural awareness and professional development practices that will strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders
    • gain access to new markets and better engagement with existing markets
    • ensure more effective and relevant service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

    Who was involved in writing the draft strategy?

    The Town's Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the Town of Victoria Park's CEO, Mayor and local Councillors.  In 2016 the Group formed a sub-group to work on drafting a Reconciliation Action Plan.   This draft has been reviewed several times with the Group for broader consideration.

    When was the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group formed in the Town of Victoria Park?

    The Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group was formed in 2013 and in 2016, they chose to embark upon the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan.

    How long is the public comment period open?

    The public comment is open for two weeks. You can provide your comment on the draft RAP by: 

    • Complete a submission form online or by submitting your comments by post to Locked Bag 437, Victoria Park WA 6979 or by email to admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au(External link)
    • Ask a question and we will respond
    • Reading the information in the document library or FAQ
    Public comment period closes 5pm, Monday 11 June 2018.

    How can i be involved in the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy?

    Please contact the Cultural Engagement Officer on 08 9311 8111.