Catherine McAuley Day Care Centre


Mercycare’s ongoing commitment to a reconciliation journey with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is expressed in its organisation-wide Aboriginal Pathway, an active Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the Strategic Plan.

The reconciliation journey is a vital component for MercyCare’s ability to successfully deliver on both its mission to bring compassion and justice to life and break cycles of significant disadvantage and its commitment to the common good. This holds true for MercyCare not only as a Catholic organisation but also as a civil society, not-for-profit community service organisation.

MercyCare takes on board the self-determination aspiration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people expressed throughout Australia for decades. We see it as paramount in working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all matters relating to their lives, aspirations and their right to exercise their own leadership, expressed in the mantra "Not for us – without us".

MercyCare’s Aboriginal Pathway aims to facilitate the engagement of head, heart, hands and spirit in a reconciliation journey that recognises the place of the First People in Australian society. It supports their leadership role in addressing their community needs and aspirations, as well seeking what Australia's first people can teach us and building an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and spirtiually. MercyCare works to contribute to a better Australia based on fundamental values such as respect, compassion and justice, and seeks to build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, journeying together with them in the healing and reconciliation process for a shared positive future.

A critical success factor is to recognise that the reconciliation journey will be a long-term endeavour for MercyCare. It requires ongoing committed leadership, strategic review and refinement as learning and development emerges.


Early learning service
November 2020 to November 2021
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Classroom View
Cultural Competence for Staff View
Celebrate National Reconciliation Week View
Acknowledgement of Country View
Staff Engagement with RAP View
Curriculum Planning View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages View
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags View
Physical Acknowledgement of Country View
Visibly Demonstrate Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures View
Take Action Against Racism View
Teach about Reconciliation View
Welcome to Country View
Build Relationships with Community View
Explore Current Affairs and Issues View
Celebrate RAP Progress View
Inclusive Policies View
Reconciliation Awards View
Teach about Days of National Significance View