What is a rap?

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation. A school or early learning service can develop a RAP using the Narragunnawali platform to register existing initiatives or to begin a new journey.

The key steps for developing a RAP are:

  • Establish a RAP Working Group: A diverse Working Group ensures the responsibility of implementing reconciliation initiatives does not sit with one person. 
  • Complete the Reflection Survey: To assist with planning, the Reflection Survey gives a snapshot of reconciliation in the school or early learning service.
  • Write a Vision for Reconciliation: A Vision clearly communicates the school or early learning service’s commitment to reconciliation to the community. 
  • Add RAP Actions: There are 39 RAP Actions to select from, including 14 that are a minimum requirement. 
  • Submit the RAP: RAPs are submitted to the Principal or Director for approval and to Reconciliation Australia for review.
The RAP framework below outlines the need to develop relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community.

Invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be a part of everyday learning.

There are currently 4 RAP Actions supporting relationships in the classroom. 

Involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community life of the school or early learning service.

There are currently 4 RAP Actions supporting relationships around the school. 

Build relationships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and its leaders.

There are currently 7 RAP Actions supporting relationships with the community.

Teach about reconciliation, days of national significance and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary issues.

There are currently 3 RAP Actions supporting respect in the classroom. 

Demonstrate respect for the Country on which the school or early learning service stands.

There are currently 3 RAP Actions supporting respect around the school. 

Actively promote respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the wider school or early learning service community.

There are currently 5 RAP Actions supporting respect with the community. 

Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions into the curriculum.

There are currently 3 RAP Actions supporting opportunities in the classroom. 

Incorporate reconciliation initiatives into the school or early learning service’s day to day activities and annual planning.

There are currently 5 RAP Actions supporting opportunities around the school. 

Provide opportunities for the wider community to participate in the school or early learning service’s commitment to reconciliation.

There are currently 5 RAP Actions supporting opportunities with the community. 

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