As the lead agency for the Australian Public Service (APS), Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) has a key role to play in reconciliation. This Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) aims to assist PM&C learn from and achieve better synergies by having all departments work more closely together on reconciliation efforts.
- Cultural knowledge and understanding is required to be able to effectively undertake the role of improving the lives of all Australians.
- The Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG) has traditionally been an advisory body, but has transformed itself into a collection of staff (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) who are active in promoting reconciliation values within PM&C. The RAPWG is now overseen by the Executive Board which gives the RAPWG a direct line to the highest level of decision making in PM&C.
- 40 per cent of their RAPWG are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The Department will also seek Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members to join the RAPWG and a number of Elevate RAP partners to play the role of critical friends.
- PM&C will foster respect and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, lands, histories and rights by increasing the cultural capability of their workforce. They will also celebrate the success of First Nations peoples both internally and externally and foster opportunities for their staff to learn more about the country and history of areas that they are located on.
Stretch RAP has a strong focus on internal cultural change and increasing the cultural competency of staff which will create flow on effects to the way policy is developed, how programs are implemented and how services are delivered. This will create a better understanding for PM&C staff of the impact they can have on Indigenous Affairs.