The department’s Reconciliation Action Plan


Opportunity through learning — our vision for education, training and reconciliation.

The Department of Education and Training operates on the principle that Indigenous business is everyone’s business, this means the department is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the key areas of child care and early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

The Department of Education and Training takes a leadership role in the national effort to achieve the four education-related Council of Australian Governments’ Closing the Gap targets.

Our RAP supports our people to deepen their cultural understanding through building an environment based on respect, trust, positive relationships, equality and opportunities for all people.

The department launched our Refreshed Reconciliation Action Plan in January 2016. 

Refreshed Reconciliation Action Plan 2018–2020

Refreshed Reconciliation Action Plan Snapshot

The department takes a coordinated approach to embedding reconciliation into everyday business practices; this is demonstrated by our five RAP goals:

Culture– Our departmental culture is based on trust, equitable opportunities, respect and building a culturally capable workforce to achieve positive outcomes that address the needs and recognise the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Understanding– Our people consciously apply their own learnings and think about how their work impacts on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Support – Using specialised recruitment and retention pathways we work with and support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to succeed.

Partnership – We collaborate with relevant agencies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and leverage their expertise and perspectives to inform our work.

Influence – We use our funding, national policy responsibilities and partnerships strategically to drive better education outcomes that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Further information about Reconciliation Action Plans can be found on the Reconciliation Australia website.

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