26 September 2023

Finance’s RAP on the road to reconciliation

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The Department of Finance has released its two-year Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlining actions for achieving the Department’s vision for reconciliation with the Aboriginal community.

In a statement, the Department said the latest plan, Innovate RAP, would allow it to gain a deeper understanding of reconciliation.

“The Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” the Department said.

Director General of Finance, Jodi Cant said the RAP would require all staff to work together to create and harness local knowledge and skills, while continuing to develop an inclusive workplace of mutual respect and cultural understanding.

“We recognise the Traditional Custodians of this State, and their practice of intergenerational care for Country and its relevance to our work,” Ms Cant said.

“To achieve our vision, we seek to listen, learn, and build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people. We aim to provide genuine opportunities within our workforce and through our business.”

She said that building and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities would also help protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

“We are passionate about ensuring this RAP is a meaningful document that guides and informs Finance by improving our governance, processes, work and decision-making,” Ms Cant said.

“This plan identifies the actions and initiatives we have committed to implement over the coming two years…I look forward to continuing to be guided by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, partners and stakeholders as we continue our reconciliation journey.”

The Department’s 27-page RAP can be accessed at this PS News link.

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