Reconciliation Action Plan
The AASW is committed to reconciliation, and our Reconciliation Action Plans are important steps in our journey.
Our RAP involves the AASW working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to test and trial approaches that build relationships, show respect and improve opportunities. It will enable us to continue to build the right foundations for long-term outcomes.
RAP 2017-2019 Progress
The AASW continues to progress its Reconciliation Action Plan. We continue to develop internal processes for a more collaborative and planned approach to implementation activities with branches. This was particularly evidenced in NIADOC Week, with AASW developing a national activity that Branched could contribute to. Importantly, Branches continue to identify ways to engage with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and have identified that they are establishing a RAP Sub-Committee or inclusion of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative on their Branch Management Committee.
The AASW continues to progress its Reconciliation Action Plan, and achieve outcomes as identified. This period was primarily characterised by a consolidation of previous actions and processes. We continue to develop internal processes for a more collaborative approach with branches, particularly in the lead up to National Reconciliation Week (NRW). A significant focus for the period was on the development of NRW activities and relationships with key organisations at the branch and national levels. Importantly, a number of Branches have identified that they are establishing a RAP Sub-Committee or inclusion of an ATSI representative on their Branch Management Committee, and that they have focussed on establishing connections with local indigenous community groups. Activities and outcomes from NRW and NAIDOC Week will be included in the progress report for the next quarter.
The AASW is currently on track in meeting its Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 commitments. The first few months have been instrumental in establishing the key groups, reporting guidelines and the implementation of key actions. The RAP Working Group has met four times in the first quarter, given the need to establish the foundations of our implementation strategy. In the first few months we have achieved several highlights including meeting with Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP and Natalie Hutchins MP Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence to discuss key issues and the role of social work. We have also established cultural competency training for all AASW staff and in the process have built a stronger working relationship with key organisations, including SNAICC. Through our RAP we look to progress in our efforts to demonstrate a commitment to our core values and objectives as an association as they apply to addressing past and continuing disadvantages imposed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The AASW's first RAP, launched at the AGM on 23 November 2013, recognises the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians. It also demonstrates respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing through incorporation into social work theory and practice.
The RAP sets out to facilitate social workers becoming better informed about working with First Australians to achieve the provision of culturally competent, safe and sensitive practice.