Reconciliation Action Plan

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Reconciliation is about building better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community for the benefit of all Australians. Appreciation and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is central to reconciliation and the Department of Commerce is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the rich and diverse culture and affinity with the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our commitment

The department is serious about our commitment to the reconciliation journey and aspires to be an organisation that is seen as leading by example, undertaking the positive actions outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan 2014–2016. We will continue to develop and strengthen our plan to support broader social and cultural change.

Our approach is to create real work and career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We will guide, mentor and support people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are working with us to allow them to fully realise and achieve their abilities and goals.

Our plan will guide us on a shared journey that will enrich our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, build constructive change and foster meaningful relationships.

It is our commitment to empower, support and develop our people by respecting individuality and diversity, both internal and external to the organisation. By fostering a workplace culture that is respectful, welcoming and encouraging, we will create long term sustainable activities that will make a real difference in the community.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2016

Our RAP is a living document that began its journey in 2008. It outlines practical actions that guide what we will aim to do within our sphere of influence to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. To build on our previous RAP, new approaches have been taken into consideration to ensure opportunity was given to all divisions within the department to be involved and assist in shaping the plan to truly reflect our aspirations and commitment.

Our plan remains aligned with Reconciliation Australia’s three core principles of: Relationships; Respect; and Opportunities.

Reconciliation Australia recently approved and endorsed the department’s RAP which is now available to the community. The RAP is registered on Reconciliation Australia’s website and is now available to the community.

We are now proud to deliver our third Reconciliation Action Plan for the department.

Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: (08) 9282 0777
  • National Relay Service: 13 36 77 (for the hearing impaired)
  • Fax: (08) 9282 0407, or from
  • Post: Manager, Aboriginal Strategy Coordination
    Department of Commerce
    Locked Bag 14, CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850

This plan is also available upon request in alternative formats such as large print (hard copy), electronic format (disk or emailed), audio or Braille.

Additional Resources

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. Find out how to get involved with National Reconciliation Week.

Information on Reconciliation and reconciliation action plans can be found on Reconciliation Australia’s internet site at

Reconciliation WA is a not-for-profit organisation providing leadership, advocacy and support to people and organisations driving the movement for reconciliation in Western Australia. Website is

The Journey to Recognition is about updating the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For further information on the Journey to Recognition visit their website

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