The RAP outlines 16 key actions for the City, listed below. The actions are designed to help us work towards stronger community relationships, creating a culture of respect and empowering our organisation to improve work practices, promoting equity and opportunity for all. Each action has a set of specific deliverable tasks with their own timeline. You can view the deliverables in the full RAP document.
Examples of some of the deliverables include improving consultation with First Nations communities, preparing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and retention strategy, developing cultural and naming protocols, and acknowledging and celebrating days and events of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural significance. The specific deliverables for each action, and their timelines for completion, are available in the full RAP document.
The City will demonstrate accountability for our actions by tracking and reporting progress. The RAP is for the period October 2021 - 2023, after which we will continue our reconciliation journey by developing our next RAP.
1. Relationships: develop and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, promote significant cultural events through partnerships and increase participation in City-supported initiatives.
1.1 Establish and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations.
1.2 Build relationships through celebrating National Reconciliation Week.
1.3 Promote reconciliation through our sphere of influence.
1.4 Promote positive race relations through anti-discrimination strategies.
2. Respect: acknowledging Traditional Owners, raising public awareness and improving the City of Swan’s cultural capacity.
2.1 Increase understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning.
2.2 Demonstrate respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by observing cultural protocols.
2.3 Build respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories by celebrating NAIDOC Week.
2.4 Increase visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
2.5 Create opportunities to inform an educate the community about City of Swan’s Aboriginal heritage and culture.
2.6 Review key corporate documents to ensure they reflect Council’s aspirations in relation to reconciliation.
3. Opportunities: contributing to closing the gap of disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by providing opportunities which support cultural, social and economic development, and increase employment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
3.1 Improve employment outcomes by increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and professional development.
3.2 Increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity to support improved economic and social outcomes.
4. Governance: the City will demonstrate accountability for its actions by tracking and reporting progress.
4.1 Establish and maintain an effective RAP Advisory Group (RAPAG) to drive governance of the RAP.
4.2 Provide appropriate support for effective implementation of RAP commitments.
4.3 Build accountability and transparency through reporting RAP achievements, challenges and learnings, both internally and externally.
4.4 Continue our reconciliation journey by developing our next RAP