"DCA members represent a significant portion of the labour market and an even greater portion of the future potential labour market. We hope that by advocating for recognition and reconciliation at a national level and by enabling our members to build knowledge, share stories, engage with their employees and create opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, we will go some way to closing the employment gap."
Lisa Annese, CEO, and RAP Champion
"DCA is in the unique position as a knowledge holder and storyteller to provide our members education and information to build their capability and actively participate in the reconciliation conversation. The RAP formalises an approach that DCA has been taking for some time, that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples need to be at the forefront of, and leading, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues. We do this by empowering and supporting Indigenous voices through research, events and programs."
Kate Russell, DCA Board Director & Chair of DCA Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander External Advisory Panel
About the 2021 Innovate RAP
Our Innovate RAP builds on the work DCA has done to promote reconciliation. Through our Innovate RAP we hope to develop an aspirational and innovative approach to our commitment to creating an Australia that takes meaningful action on reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people, in a way that is informed and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our Innovate RAP is a framework to work together to develop innovative strategies to ensure the self-determination and inclusion of First Nations People in our workplaces. We will continually review our work to ensure we proceed to improve, as individuals and as an organisation, in this area.
About the 2019 Reflect RAP
DCA defines inclusion as occurring when a diversity of people feel valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to improve their organisation. Genuine inclusion must begin with reconciliation. There can be no genuine workplace inclusion while our First Nations Peoples are excluded from opportunities, and we as a nation do not address race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity, and historical acceptance.
DCA’s RAP Working Group
This RAP has been developed by DCA’s RAP Working Group, led and chaired by Simone Empacher Earl, DCA’s Indigenous Liaison and proud Awabakal woman from the NSW Hunter Valley.
The RAP Working Group is also made up of:
- Lisa Annese, DCA’s Chief Executive Officer and RAP Champion
- Dr Jane O’Leary, DCA’s Research Director and RAP Champion
- Cathy Brown, Research & Policy Manager
- Karla Dunbar, Governance, Policy & Research Officer.
This work has been supported by DCA’s Knowledge and Development Manager, Andrew Maxwell.
As part of this RAP, DCA established its first Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander External Advisory Panel, to provide guidance, support, cultural knowledge and advice throughout our reconciliation journey. Our panel is made up of respected Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members across Country, with representatives throughout Australian states and territories.
DCA also consulted with staff and the DCA Board of Directors, during this process, to ensure support throughout all levels of the organisation.
About the Artwork
Much like water, DCA plays an integral role in connecting and sustaining respectful relationships with businesses and communities to create inclusive environments. DCA acknowledges the importance of having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the central voices leading the way.
As relationships strengthen, natural streams form from experiences. Water on communities and cultures is education and knowledge sharing. Knowledge and education on the Reconciliation journey is the first step towards equality.
About the Artist
Rachael Sarra (Goreng Goreng)
Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work does the talking. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture.
If you have any questions about your own RAP or you would like to begin your reconciliation journey you can contact www.reconciliation.org.au.