Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023

Comments open until July 30, 2021.

Reconcilation Action Plan have your say

The City of Swan acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this region, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and their descendants.

The City of Swan has developed our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlines our ongoing commitment to building a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

The draft RAP is a strategic document that will support the City’s operations and activities. It includes practical actions that will drive the City’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in our community.

In developing this plan, we acknowledge our role in truth telling about the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and colonisation to reconcile the story of Australia.

This plan represents years of working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, non-Indigenous community, Council and staff, to articulate our vision for reconciliation: a community that works together with all people to foster a culture of respect, empowerment and inclusion.

We invite you to have your say on the RAP and the actions it proposes for the City of Swan to complete. To give your feedback, please read through the draft RAP and then complete the online survey. If you would like to hear more about the draft RAP or ask questions in person, please come along to the Ellenbrook NAIDOC week event or join our information sessions in Midland and Beechboro, details below. 

 

Come along to the following events to ask City staff and members of the RAP Advisory Group about the draft plan.

Visit the City of Swan stall at the Ellenbrook NAIDOC event

  • Saturday, 17 July, 3 – 6.30pm
  • Woodlake Community Centre, 2 Highpoint Boulevard Ellenbrook

Join us for an information session in Beechboro:

  • Monday, July 19, 5.30 - 7pm
  • Beechboro Community Hub, 332 Benara Road

Join us for an information session in Midland:

  • Thursday, July 22, 10am - 12pm
  • Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway

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

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

“… A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter …” Kirstie Parker – Board Member, Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.

In a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of a person’s life will not be determined by their racial background.

Read more about the steps towards reconciliation.

 

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.

Organisations across Australia have their own RAP, including schools, government organisations and private businesses. Together, they deliver tangible and sustained benefits for a reconciled future.

Read more about the RAP framework.