The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program was established in 2006 by Reconciliation Australia, the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. The RAP program aims to encourage organisations to articulate their vision and commitments regarding reconciliation in their organisation.
The RAP Impact Measurement Report and the Australian Reconciliation Barometer illustrate the significant contribution RAPs make in advancing reconciliation in Australia. In comparison with the general community, employees at RAP organisations have:
- higher trust for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues
- lower prejudice
- more frequent contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- more positive attitudes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- greater pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
There are over 1000 Australian organisations with RAPs, including corporates, local governments, community groups, universities, and state and federal departments. Only 23 of these organisations have Elevate RAPs. Swinburne University of Technology is the first university to have an Elevate RAP. Richmond Football Club is the first sporting organisation to have an Elevate RAP.