Reconciliation Australia commends Flinders University on the formal endorsement of its second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Since 2006, RAPs have provided a framework for organisations to leverage their structures and diverse spheres of influence to support the national reconciliation movement.
With close to 3 million people now either working or studying in an organisation with a RAP, the program’s potential for impact is greater than ever. Flinders University continues to be part of a strong network of more than 2,200 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have taken goodwill and transformed it into action.
The four RAP types — Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate — allow RAP partners to continuously strengthen reconciliation commitments and constantly strive to apply learnings in new ways.
An Innovate RAP is a crucial and rewarding period in an organisation’s reconciliation journey. It is a time to build the strong foundations and relationships that ensure sustainable, thoughtful, and impactful RAP outcomes into the future.
An integral part of building these foundations is reflecting on and cataloguing the successes and challenges of previous RAPs. Learnings gained through effort and innovation are invaluable resources that Flinders University will continuously draw upon to create RAP commitments rooted in experience and maturity.
These learnings extend to Flinders University using the lens of reconciliation to better understand its core business, sphere of influence, and diverse community of staff and stakeholders.
The RAP program’s emphasis on relationships, respect, and opportunities gives organisations a framework from which to foster connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rooted in mutual collaboration and trust.