Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan

Turning good intentions into actions.

Curtin’s academic leaders explain why a Reconciliation Action Plan is important to them.

In 2008, Curtin was the first Australian teaching and research institution to develop and implement its own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Curtin’s RAP aims create and implement a strategic plan to help address the many shortcomings that exist between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within the University’s framework.

The plan so far

Curtin’s RAP is monitored and reviewed by the University as part of its normal annual reporting. Part of this involves obtaining feedback from Curtin staff during the year.

What we’ve learnt so far:

  • Curtin is the only Australian university to make a public commitment to the RAP
  • The plan’s targets are ambitious, but achievable
  • The RAP needs to be seen a whole university endeavour
  • The RAP needs to be promoted beyond the main Bentley campus
  • Indigenous-specific units require better promotion
  • An Indigenous Australian voice must be heard in the planning and evaluating of curriculum
  • New strategies are required to recruit, develop and reward Indigenous academic and administrative staff across Curtin
  • The student voice needs to be heard more

Reconciliation Action Plan 2014 – 2017 [.pdf – 1.7MB]