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Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

rap.pngOur union's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in June 2016, acknowledging our ethical and professional responsibility to positively influence the perceptions and behaviours of future generations by working with members to support the process of reconciliation within their own school communities.

Our union’s RAP will operate at the Innovate level in accordance with Reconciliation Australia guidelines, joining together with a large collective of organisations that have turned their good intentions into a framework for action.

An Innovate RAP is for organisations that have developed relationships with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and are ready to develop or implement programs for cultural learning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and supplier diversity.

Our union’s RAP details significant events and actions, including: 
  • increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representatives on union bodies; 
  • celebrating NAIDOC Week each year in July;
  • marking Close the Gap Day; 
  • acknowledging Country at meetings and events; 
  • supporting Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools; and
  • increasing participation in our union’s Yarning Circle.  
The RAP will also help facilitate understanding, promote meaningful engagement, increase equality and develop employment opportunities.
 
We welcome contact from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members who would like to discuss elements of our RAP and its implementation. 

Click here to read our Reconciliation Action Plan.


Further reading
To learn more about Reconciliation Action Plans and their importance in the journey towards reconciliation, click here to visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
 
Message Stick
message_stick.pngAs part of the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan, a traditional Indigenous form of communication represented an important part of formally recognising Australia’s First Peoples.
 
The message stick was donated by IEUA-QNT member, Noonuccal woman and Quandamooka Elder, Thersa Nunn, to our union Council. The message stick made its way across Queensland and the Northern Territory, visiting schools and workplace and collecting stories and artefacts before returning to a permanent installation in our union's Brisbane office.