LEAD Professional Development Association Incorporated is proud of the history and development of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We seek to proactively develop, implement and review our RAP as an act of best intention and commitment to identify and address areas of practice and procedure where our Association can improve in our recognition, respect and access to services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community.
Our RAP was developed by the LEAD RAP Working Group in partnership with the LEAD Board of Directors, Executive Management and employees. LEAD also extends our thanks to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community workers and organisations that took the time to review the plan and provide feedback and recommendations for further development.
We would especially line to thank Aunty Bev Eaton for the valuable contributions she made in building on our existing RAP and transforming it into the living document it now is.
LEAD acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this land, and we pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.
Our RAP Journey
This is our fourth RAP. As part of our RAP journey we have developed a range of resources that you can use as a guide to develop your organisation’s own RAP.
Our Key RAP Learning Tips:
- Keep your whole team (including Management and Board) informed and actively involved in your RAP via regular discussions at meetings and provide opportunities to share reflections;
- Brainstorm opportunities to improve practice and joint cross-cultural training;
- Allocate resources, including employee time, and budget allocations to carry out RAP planning and processes;
- Set clear process for information sharing and decision making for the review, approval and funding of RAP Working Group recommendations;
- Document learning, achievements and outcomes of the journey as it is happening, and share this information with others.
To start your own RAP journey we suggest you start with the Reconciliation Australia website where you can download information and templates.
You may also like to visit the Share our Pride website, an online awareness raising journey developed by Reconciliation Australia as an introductory site for employees, designed to give non-Indigenous people a glimpse into the lives and cultures of Australia’s First People.
Current Organisational Reconciliation Action Plans
LEAD May 2023 – May 2025 Reconciliation Action Plan
Resources for working effectively with the Aboriginal Community:
For more information, please refer to our Welcome to Country Protocol and our Definition of Aboriginality Policy below: