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Reconciliation Action Plan

ECU’s RAP journey began in 2010 through the leadership of the Indigenous Consultative Committee (ICC), resulting in the launch of the inaugural plan (2011-2012) in May 2011, followed by a new three year plan (2012 – 2015) released in May 2012.

Achievement of the deliverables articulated in ECU’s 2012-15 RAP are numerous, and highlights include:

  • revised and promulgated ECU’s Policy for Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Country;
  • created Indigenous Cultural Reflective Spaces at the Joondalup Campus;
  • exhibited rarely seen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works including new commissions, and purchases of work by Nyoongar artists;
  • increased our engagement with Elders, schools and Aboriginal communities;
  • improved communication with ECU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni;
  • completed a highly successful pilot “Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in the Curriculum” project led by an Aboriginal consultant;
  • established a Community of Practice to develop and deliver a more culturally-inclusive curriculum;
  • introduced and applied ECU’s Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols; and
  • increased the focus on attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff through actions in ECU’s Indigenous Employment Strategy and Action Plan.

ECU has now moved to the next phase in its contribution to Reconciliation with the release of the next three year RAP 2015 – 2018.

This RAP is at the Stretch Level (or the third level in a four level structure developed by Reconciliation Australia) and is focused on expanding and embedding tested and proven strategies to meet realistic targets.
It has identified actions and deliverables to reflect seven key themes which build on and expand ECU’s previous contributions towards reconciliation.

By raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges and issues and by advocating for change and reconciliation, ECU seeks to ensure that its students, staff and graduates make positive contributions to the sustainability and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Monitoring and Implementation

The Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG), established by ECU’s Equity Committee, monitors the implementation and progress of the ECU Reconciliation Action Plan. The RAPWG meet quarterly and its membership consists of:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) (Co-Chair)
  • Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin Proxy
  • One member of staff
  • One member of the ECU student body
  • Manager, Audit Assurance
  • Director Planning, Quality and Equity (Co-Chair)
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