While implementing a successful RAP in your school or early learning service can be done without a dedicated budget, committing even a small budget to RAP initiatives can strengthen the implementation and sustainability of RAP Actions.
Expenditure required to undertake some RAP initiatives might not necessarily be obvious during the early stages of your RAP planning. Examples of budget items you should consider include:
• coordinating a Welcome to Country;
• effective professional learning for staff;
• teacher relief;
• paying guest speakers;
• cultural excursions and other learning opportunities for students;
• attending events;
• materials required for projects;
• purchasing curriculum resources (books, films etc.);
• purchasing flags; and
• commissioning art works.
Schools and early learning services must be mindful about appropriately remunerating people for the time and resources they have contributed towards implementing RAP Actions. While goodwill is important, relying on this alone can often be problematic in implementing whole school or early learning service change.