I want all NIAA staff to ensure that proactive, meaningful reconciliation becomes second nature in how we approach our work and relationships.
I am very proud to present the NIAA’s inaugural Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2022–2025. This plan is a formal recognition of our commitment to expand our impact and take the next steps on our reconciliation journey.
At the NIAA, we recognise the unique opportunities we have as the lead Commonwealth agency responsible for policy development, program design and implementation, and service delivery in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To achieve our vision for reconciliation, we will implement strategies to build our influence with partners, inside and outside government, to ensure the alignment of policy, strategy and investment towards achieving the best possible outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap, is emblematic of a fundamental change in the way we work, a model which ensures all governments work in genuine partnership and share responsibility with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. The NIAA will continue to lead the implementation of this framework and meet the ambitious goals and priority reforms set out in the National Agreement.
I would like to acknowledge the NIAA’s RAP Working Group for their ambition and insights in developing the actions in our RAP, and encouraging us to incorporate them into our day to day work.
I am confident that the NIAA will actively engage in, and of course deliver on, the actions set out in our Stretch RAP for 2022-2025 and stretch ourselves even further. I want all NIAA staff to ensure that proactive, meaningful reconciliation becomes second nature in how we approach our work and relationships. We are well placed to leverage our extensive knowledge and experience to be leaders and to influence and support the Australian Public Service (APS) to promote actions that support reconciliation.
Chief Executive Officer, National Indigenous Australians Agency