Reconciliation Action Plan
The University of New England’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has received final endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.
This ‘Reflect’ RAP outlines UNE’s vision for reconciliation and an action plan for partnership between the University and its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community members to create equitable opportunities in higher education, regardless of location and circumstance. It signals the University’s commitment to pursue its mission of teaching and learning, research and service in a spirit of true reconciliation, by creating an educational environment that is genuinely inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s perspectives and experiences.
The RAP is the culmination of a drafting process which began in 2018. A Working Group, comprised of internal and external representatives of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, provided assistance with the drafting, consultation, and internal approval process.
Over the next 12 months UNE will deepen its understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, knowledges and cultures. The implementation process will scope UNE’s capacity for participation in reconciliation activities, across the three pillars of Relationships, Respect and Opportunity. Achievement of the actions and deliverables in this RAP will provide a blueprint for the university’s initiatives in successive RAPs, which will help to produce future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable for the University.