We want a nation where the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community is based on mutual trust and respect.
We fund Reconciliation Australia to help build this relationship.
Reconciliation Australia is having great success working with organisations to create Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). RAPs are an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate their level of committment to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, increase cultural awareness and help build the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.
RAPs started in 2006 with eight organisations. Today more than 650 organisations have a RAP and another 500 are developing one.
This year sees three significant reconciliation anniversaries:
- The 25th Anniversary of the Council for Aboriginal Recognition (the precursor to Reconciliation Australia)
- The 15th Anniversary of Reconciliation Australia
- The 10th Anniversary of the RAP program
This year Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June.
Reconciliation Australia also runs the Recognise campaign. Recognise is building awareness and support to officially recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution.