RAP 2 - Now available
RAP Two – Endorsed as a 'Stretch RAP' and launched by the VC at the 2015 Wominjeka
Following our consultation period in November 2014, the draft RAP was finalised by the RAP Drafting Group in early December and submitted to the University Executive for sign off at their last meeting for 2014.
The final step was taken when RAP 2 was submitted to Reconciliation Australia in early January for approval and endorsement as a 'Stretch RAP.' Endorsement as a Stretch RAP is made where a RAP contains measurable targets and expands upon and embed actions and commitments made in an earlier RAP. This endorsement is provided to organisations which show a strong commitment to reconciliation and are actively embedding Indigenous initiatives into their business strategy and operations – making reconciliation 'business as usual'.
RAP 2 was launched by the University's Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis at the 2015 Wominjeka on 18 March. In launching the new RAP the VC expressed his hope that the second plan will build on the achievements of the first RAP to extend and enhance respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values across all our campuses, in our learning spaces and in the lives of all our graduates.
The University of Melbourne is one of 28 tertiary organisations who have a RAP, and one of only three Group of 8 Universities to have a RAP. As of 6 March 2015, 611 Australia organisations have an endorsed RAP (but the number grows every week). Of these, only 46 have been endorsed with a stretch RAP. The University of Melbourne is the only Group of 8 University to have a stretch RAP and the only one to have received endorsement for a second RAP.
Our vision for reconciliation
The University's vision for reconciliation is for a holistic, inclusive and two way relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians based on mutual responsibility and respect. This relationship requires that each member of the University community develops deep respect and an understanding for the cultures, knowledge and values of the many clans and language groups that make up Indigenous Australia.
Actions you can take
- Download and read RAP 2
- Read about Indigenous programs and initiatives at the University of Melbourne
- Download the Billibellary's Walk smartphone app from your App store and take a walk in the footsteps of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we live, work and play
- Seek out and attend events and lectures about Indigenous peoples and Indigenous issues
- Come along to National Reconciliation Week events from 27 May to 3 June (or organise your own!)
- Explore websites like Share our Pride to learn more about our nation's First Peoples and their histories and cultures
- Read books and watch films by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themes (check the Guardian's five must read books by Indigenous authors)
For further information about the University of Melbourne RAP, please contact
Ellen Day, Manager Partnerships and Development, Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development