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Reconciliation Action Plan

The AASW is committed to Reconciliation, and our Reconciliation Action Plans are important steps in our journey.

RAP 2020–2022

Our new Reconciliation Action Plan contains detailed actions that are ambitious and achievable. We want to increase our membership of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social workers, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander access to services, employment, our procurement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses and staff participation in training and days of cultural significance.

Previous RAPs


RAP 2017–2019

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 2013–2016

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.

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