Our Reconciliation Action Plan
Life Without Barriers is currently implementing its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a Stretch RAP.
Our Stretch RAP guides and direct our commitment and work in supporting reconciliation from January 2016 through to January 2019. You can download a copy of our Stretch RAP below or a copy of our progress to date in Highlights: Year One – 2016.
In developing our Stretch RAP, we had one clear objective in mind: to have a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities. Our Stretch RAP, therefore, has been developed to ensure key actions, timeframes and targets are identified and documented that will ensure this objective is deeply embedded in everything we do, and real outcomes are achieved that improve the life and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Actions have been identified that support our Reconciliation vision to:
- ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, carers and people we support, inform our work
- build the cultural competency of all staff and carers
- increase recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners and Custodians
- create opportunities for staff, carers and clients to participate in significant events such as National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week
- improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the development and implementation of a workforce strategy that includes increased professional development and assists in growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic participation.
At Life Without Barriers we believe that reconciliation must live in the hearts and minds of all Australians. As a nation we need to work together to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of the population by improving cultural, spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing. But reconciliation is more than a belief for us – it is embedded in all of our actions and activities.
To ensure we work effectively and responsibly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and that our services meet their needs, we developed a Stretch RAP. The key objective of our RAP is cultural recognition in our workplaces, program development, and service design and delivery, and continue along our pathway towards cultural recognition for clients and communities.