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Reconciliation Action Plan

In 1998 ECU published a Statement of Reconciliation; its first expression of its commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.  The commitment was further articulated in the ECU Strategic Plan 1998-2002 and was restated as a ECU Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians. An over-arching ECU Equity Statement of Commitment was also produced, to articulate the University’s aims and aspirations for a supportive and inclusive learning environment and services to students, staff and the community.

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

Achievement of the deliverables articulated in ECU’s 2012-2015 RAP are numerous. Here are just some of the improved outcomes resulting:

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

Building on these successes, achieving ECU’s vision for Reconciliation is being driven by our current three year Stretch RAP 2015-2018.

This RAP has been endorsed by the University’s governing Council and externally at Stretch level, the third in a four level framework, by Reconciliation Australia. The RAP 2015-2018 is focused on expanding and embedding ECU’s reconciliation efforts through 35 actions, each with a number of deliverable targets, organised around the seven themes of:

  • Celebrating cultures
  • Inspiring communities
  • Reconciling ECU’s values
  • Learning and research at ECU
  • Working at ECU
  • Leading and influencing
  • Governing our University

Monitoring and Implementation

The Vice-Chancellor’s Reconciliation Committee monitors the implementation and progress of the ECU Reconciliation Action Plan. The Committee meets quarterly and has representation from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and staff and from other students and staff across numerous areas and levels of the University.

By raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges and issues and by advocating for improved outcomes 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.

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