National Reconciliation Action Plan Conference 2018: Progressing Reconciliation

Wednesday 5 - Thursday 6 December 2018


The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program was created 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 Indigenous colleagues, lower prejudice, more frequent contact with Indigenous people, more positive attitudes to Indigenous people, and greater pride in Indigenous cultures.

There are over 1000 organisations throughout Australia with RAPs, including corporates, local governments, community groups, universities, and state and federal departments. Only 20 of these organisations have Elevate RAPs, the highest of four RAP levels. Swinburne University of Technology is the first and only university to achieve an Elevate RAP. Richmond Football Club is the first and only sporting organisation to achieve an Elevate RAP. 

The National Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Conference 2018: Progressing Reconciliation is co-hosted by three of Australia’s leading organisations; Swinburne University of Technology, Reconciliation Australia, and the Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond Football Club. It will feature both academics and RAP organisations aiming to analyse the RAP program, showcase examples of best practise, and discuss future pathways for the program.

The conference has three broad themes:

  • sharing stories
  • best practices
  • self-determination.

This conference has been funded by the Office of Engagement at Swinburne University of Technology.