Our commitment to reconciliation.

Our RAP

Rural Lifestyle Options Australia began our Reconciliation Action Plan journey in November 2017, building on our desire to be more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Rural Lifestyle Options Australia aims to ensure that our organisation and our work reflect values of diversity and inclusion to ensure equality of access to our supports and services. 
Our Vision for Reconciliation

We aim to grow our existing relationships and establish new partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, so we can provide improved services to them. Since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we have been committed to closing the gap in our knowledge and understanding in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

As Rural Lifestyle Options Australia has a commitment to service provision for all Australians, we considered a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan as an appropriate framework to develop and grow our cultural knowledge and realise our vision for reconciliation. Rural Lifestyle Options Australia recognises that reconciliation plans can bring about future social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our organisation’s core values align with our genuine desire to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was the first step in our journey, and assisted us in building our understanding and capacity in order to provide improved services and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the communities in which we operate.  

Progress Report

Here are some of the initiatives we are proud to have implemented under our Reconciliation Action Plan since November 2017:

  • Established a Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group who meet at least four times a year.

  • Communicated our commitment to reconciliation publicly in various publications and through social media posts.

  • Embedded our RAP as part of staff induction processes.

  • Increased staff understanding of the purpose and significance behind cultural protocols through monthly updates in our People and Culture Insights.

  • Held events annually across multiple locations for National Close the Gap Day.

  • Held annual NAIDOC week celebrations in Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland.

  • Held events annually across multiple locations for National Reconciliation Week.

  • Participated in annual events for National Apology Day.

  • Rolled out paid cultural awareness training for all staff.

  • Commissioned artwork from Mununjali Artist, Mr Derek Fogarty with his artwork ‘The Helping Hands of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’ for use in our promotional materials and Reconciliation Action Plan.

  • Supported Indigenous businesses.

  • Incorporated Acknowledgement of Country to meeting protocols.

  • Developed Acknowledgement of Country video.

  • Developed and implemented a workforce strategy to actively attract indigenous applicants to join our organisation.

  • Shared monthly blogs to staff in relation to Cultural Learnings.

  • Changed language used across our internal and external publications to be culturally appropriate.

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