In 2006, Reconciliation Australia launched a new program to progress reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians by creating workplaces where everyone is included, valued and understood. In this context, the JACS RAP complements the aims of the ACT Government’s Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED) Framework and a number of actions under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement.
The RAP is a tool to help improve the directorate’s engagement, consultation and partnerships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, clients and stakeholders. It sets out how JACS can contribute to “closing the gap”.
The RAP is also about embedding cultural change across the organisation through building good relationships, respecting the special contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and leaders, and providing employment and development opportunities.
With the launch of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s (JACS) first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in June 2012, we embarked on our reconciliation journey. In doing so, we joined hundreds of other public and private organisations across Australia which are all part of the RAP community.
The Stretch RAP 2016-2019, is JACS' third RAP and has been developed with the intention of building on our initial momentum. This RAP extends the directorate’s commitment to key initiatives around engagement with, raising cultural awareness of, and providing opportunities for, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and clients within the broader community.