Defence People Group
Canberra ACT 2605
The Defence Reconciliation Action Plan (D-RAP) 2019-2022 was launched on 14 August 2019 at the Australian War Memorial.
The D-RAP 2019-2022 outlines Defence’s commitment to reconciliation and the Whole of Government ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy.
Defence’s commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples is broader than increasing Indigenous representation in Defence. Defence is focused on enhancing and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and increasing the cultural capability of Defence’s workforce to create a culturally safe and inclusive workplace for all. We are also deeply committed to the Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy.
The D-RAP 2019-2022 focuses on three key areas of enhancing Defence’s cultural awareness, improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander retention and providing career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel.
Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Framework provides organisations with a structured approach to advance reconciliation. There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate.
Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey.
Defence launched its first D-RAP in 2007 which focused on cultural awareness, recruitment and retention, and land environmental management. Our second D-RAP
2010-2014 focused on building an enduring foundation towards reconciliation through changing perceptions of Indigenous cultural issues, creating specialised recruitment pathways and establishing strong support networks and systems to retain Defence Indigenous personnel.
The third D-RAP 2015-2018 was a ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and outlined Defence’s commitment to reconciliation through the three key areas of offering employment opportunities, providing career development opportunities and providing Indigenous businesses with contracting opportunities.
Defence is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values, respects and draws on the diverse backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and skills of its people. Two key documents provide the framework to achieve this goal. Both documents provide the strategic level guidance for the organisation and provide the overarching guidance for service and group specific documents.
Defence is committed to supporting and developing its Indigenous members from when they first join the organisation right throughout their careers. Defence offers a range of support programs, Indigenous specific training opportunities, formal and informal networking and special provisions for its Indigenous employees which include:
A number of different forums have been established to ensure Defence’s Indigenous employees can provide guidance and advice to IA and the services. They include: