Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

At Y Whittlesea, our commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful community has led us to develop a comprehensive Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This important plan reflects our dedication to promoting an understanding, respect, and positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.

Here’s why our RAP is essential:

Acknowledging and Respecting Indigenous Heritage

Our Reconciliation Action Plan begins with acknowledging the deep and rich heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we operate and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. Through our RAP, we aim to honor and celebrate Indigenous cultures, histories, and contributions, integrating this recognition into our daily operations and community activities.

Building Strong Relationships

Reconciliation is about building and nurturing meaningful relationships. Our RAP focuses on creating opportunities for engagement, dialogue, and partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. By fostering these relationships, we aim to create an environment of mutual respect and understanding, where diverse perspectives are valued and integrated into our programs and services.

Promoting Equity and Inclusion

Equity and inclusion are central to our values at Y Whittlesea. Our RAP outlines practical steps to ensure that our programs and services are accessible and welcoming to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes providing culturally appropriate services, supporting Indigenous employment and leadership opportunities, and ensuring our staff are educated about the significance of reconciliation.

A Collaborative Approach

The development of our RAP was created through consultations with our staff, families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other stakeholders in which we have identified key areas for action and improvement. This collaborative approach ensures that our RAP is relevant, impactful, and aligned with the needs and aspirations of the community.

Committing to Sustainable Change

Our Reconciliation Action Plan is not just a document; it is a commitment to sustainable, long-term change. We are dedicated to continuous learning, reflection, and growth in our reconciliation journey. By setting clear goals and regularly reviewing our progress, we ensure that our efforts lead to real, measurable outcomes.

Join us as we work towards a future where all Australians can thrive in a community built on respect, equity, and unity. Together, we can make a meaningful difference.