Our Reconciliation Action Plan
This is our mandate to address the imbalance of justice, equity and freedom with Australia’s First Nations Peoples and the beginning of our journey to reconciliation.
What is a Reconciliation Action Plan?
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plan. It includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.
Each of the four RAP types (Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate) set out the minimum elements required to build strong relationships, respect and opportunities within your organisation and community. VincentCare’s Reflect RAP runs from April 2019 to April 2020.
Source: Reconciliation Australia
Our vision of reconciliation
VincentCare is committed to the principles of social justice and works to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ability, cultural background, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion.
Our vision of reconciliation is one where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and lands are respected and valued, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have achieved self-determination. VincentCare is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participating equally and equitably in all areas of life and to recognising and upholding the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
VincentCare will engage in respectful relationships based on the principles of reciprocity, understanding and connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. We believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the guiding authority as we journey towards reconciliation together.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan, Reflect
VincentCare is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and in 2021 with a shared commitment to reconciliation and in the spirit of collaboration and working together, the organisations brought together their efforts in the important work of the RAP Committees.
VincentCare began their reconciliation processes in 2019 when they launched a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).In 2019, St Vincent de Paul Society established the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, working with experts to develop a Reflect RAP which was launched in 2021.
In May 2021 a decision was made to form one RAP Committee and integrate the two RAP Plans based on the belief that working together would mean we can achieve greater reach and impact in the area of reconciliation.
The two plans were combined to form a single Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan for the group which can be viewed below.
Good progress has been made on this plan and the Group RAP Committee is now working toward an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.
Combined Reconciliation Action Plan
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