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New three-year plan for Reconciliation

Monday, 28 May 2012


  • Professor Colleen Hayward and student representative on the Reconciliation Action Plan working group, Jesse Fleay

    Professor Colleen Hayward and student representative on the Reconciliation Action Plan working group, Jesse Fleay

ECU has reinforced its commitment to Reconciliation with the release of the 2012 – 2015 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

ECU’s RAP journey began in 2010 through the leadership of the Indigenous Consultative Committee (ICC), resulting in the launch of the inaugural plan in May 2011.

The plan is an independent and public confirmation of ECU’s commitment to ‘closing the gap’ and was developed in partnership with Indigenous Australian communities in a spirit of co-operation and reconciliation.

Now, a year later, the committee has been recording progress, confirming further actions and setting future targets, all of which are outlined in the new three-year plan.

Key achievements from the RAP to date include:

  • Establishing the RAP Working Group with staff and student representation;
  • Embedding the RAP into ECU’s planning and reporting frameworks;
  • Identifying 501 Indigenous Australia alumni and the unveiling of the Rock Solid Foundations tribute at the Mount Lawley campus in their honour;
  • Enhancing the Joondalup Learning Precinct cross-organisational mentoring program by making provision for Indigenous Australian mentees; and
  • Developing plans for the Indigenous Cultural Reflective Space at the Joondalup campus.

RAP working group co-chair and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin Professor Colleen Hayward believes the 2012 – 2015 RAP is an important step in the University’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation.

“In 2011, ECU launched its inaugural RAP, putting it among only a handful of universities across Australia who have made this public commitment towards reconciliation,” Professor Hayward said.

“The 2012–2015 RAP will see the University reinforce that commitment, set new goals and work cohesively together to pave the way for reconciliation within our ECU and broader communities.”

“Having been involved in the RAP throughout the development, implementation and monitoring stages, I am confident that we are well on the way to embedding real and tangible cultural change across our University,” Professor Hayward said.

More information on ECU’s Reconciliation Action Plan is available on the ECU website.

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