Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2015 - 2016

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Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

2015—2016

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Australian War Memorial
GPO Box 345
Canberra, ACT 2601
Australia
www.awm.gov.au

Front cover:
Rosie Ware, Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion (ART96820)

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About the Reflect RAP

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is about organisations from every sector turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciliation in Australia. An RAP is a business plan that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhance respect, and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The RAP program includes four types of RAPs, each offering a different level of engagement and support. In developing a Reflect RAP our organisation commits to completing the following actions over the next 12 months to ensure we are well positioned to implement effective and mutually beneficial initiatives as part of future Reconciliation Action Plans. Our future RAPs will identify relationships, opportunities, and actions specific to our business and our sphere of influence.

This Reflect RAP will allow our organisation to focus on building relationships both internally and externally, and will raise awareness with our stakeholders to ensure there is shared understanding and ownership of our RAP within our organisation. Development of future RAPs will involve consultation with staff across our organisation, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or stakeholders, to achieve our vision for reconciliation.

Our business

The Australian War Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women who have died while serving in the wars, warlike operations, and peacekeeping missions in which Australia has participated. It is a cultural institution of international standing and is one of Australia's leading tourist attractions.

The staff and volunteers of the Australian War Memorial come from a wide range of professional, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. They undertake a diverse range of activities. Every effort is made to create an environment that enables staff to develop their talents, contribute to the best of their ability, use their creativity and initiative, and be acknowledged and respected for what they achieve.

  • The Memorial has approximately 300 staff members and 200 volunteers.
  • Currently, 1.4 per cent of Memorial staff identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • The Memorial is geographically located in Canberra.

Artwork - And they flew from the airfield at Ngurupai

Brian Robinson,
And they flew from the airfield at Ngurupai (ART94611)

Our RAP

The Memorial is developing an RAP to:

  • promote awareness of:
  • the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • cultural protocols in interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the presence of material relating to the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Memorial's collections, exhibitions, and programs
  • build a broad base of knowledge and skills for staff and volunteers in service/enquiry roles to engage confidently with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their historical/cultural material
  • develop a strategy for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the work of the Memorial as staff and volunteers
  • create a framework for talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders about shared interests and activities

By implementing the RAP we can undertake practical actions to make a meaningful contribution to reconciliation in Australia.

The development of our RAP is the product of consultation with staff and volunteers, and was coordinated by a Working Group comprising Memorial employees, including our RAP Champion and Indigenous Liaison Officer, as well as a Defence Indigenous Liaison Officer with experience as a serving military officer and in implementing an RAP in the RAAF.

The RAP Reference Group comprises the Memorial's Director, Dr Brendan Nelson, the Assistant Directors, and all Section Heads. This group provides support, guidance, and advice to the RAP Working Group.

Artwork - War memorial (Gangurru camouflage

Tony Albert, War memorial (Gangurru camouflage) (ART94995)

Our partnerships/current activities

The Memorial is contributing or undertaking in its own right the following activities relating to the understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, particularly in military service:

  • Employing an Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO) on staff
  • An MOU with AIATSIS and Link-Up in relation to services in family research
  • The ARC-funded research project "Serving our country", which focuses on the military service of Indigenous peoples in Australia
  • The development of a Reflect RAP which can be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia
  • An art commission in the Torres Strait Islands with local artist Rosie Ware, documenting the experience of war in the area from an Indigenous perspective
  • The renaming of the Western Courtyard Gallery to honour Captain Reg Saunders, the first Indigenous Australian (Gunditjmara) commissioned as an officer in the Australian Imperial Force
  • Consultation to be conducted by Balarinji on recognising Indigenous service and the ethos of commemoration to inform an artist's briefing, with a view to creating a commemorative sculptural piece for the Memorial's Sculpture Gardens
  • A finding aid for Indigenous Australian resources in the National Collection
  • A list of First World War Indigenous soldiers
  • A list of Torres Strait Islanders who served in the Second World War
  • A Gandevia Foundation—funded project to contextualise the Memorial's collections relating to Indigenous service in the Australian military forces within a narrative history
  • The delivery of education programs and resources, both onsite and offsite, incorporating stories of Indigenous military service
  • The dispensing of advice and assistance to approximately 15 documentaries and programs focusing on Indigenous service, including the production of Black diggers by the Queensland Theatre Company
  • NAIDOC Week tours, public programs, and the ADF NAIDOC Ceremony
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • An Indigenous diggers education program
  • Gallery programs about Indigenous servicemen and servicewomen
  • Consultation under the Memorial's Heritage Management Plan for the Commemorative Area refurbishment

Artwork - Be deadly: NORFORCE

Tony Albert, Be deadly: NORFORCE (ART94987)

OUR RAP COMMITMENTS

Relationships

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ACTION

RESPONSIBILITY

TIMELINE

DELIVERABLES

RAP Working Group

Assistant Director National Collection (RAP Champion)

Quarterly

RAP Working Group to meet a minimum of four times a year to monitor and report on progress and implementation

RAP Working Group to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation

Raise internal awareness of our RAP

Assistant Director National Collection (RAP Champion)

supported by

RAP Working Group

September 2015

To develop and implement a plan to raise awareness across the organisation about our RAP commitments

To deliver a presentation on our RAP and our commitments toward reconciliation to all employees

Develop external relationships

Director

supported by

RAP Working Group

December
2015

To communicate Australian War Memorial Reflect RAP to stakeholders

To develop a list of RAP and like-minded organisations that we could approach to connect with on our reconciliation journey (e.g. Department of Defence, Department of Veterans' Affairs, AIATSIS etc.)

Participate in and celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

Head of CAM

supported by

ILO, RAP Working Group

May—June (annually)

To introduce Australian War Memorial staff to National Reconciliation Week by encouraging staff and volunteers to attend an NRW event

To develop public programs to support NRW

To circulate Reconciliation Australia NRW resources and reconciliation materials to staff and volunteers

RAP Working Group to participate in an external event to recognise and celebrate NRW

Encourage diversity in governance

Director

July 2016

To encourage the appointment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the Memorial's Council

RESPECT

ACTION

RESPONSIBILITY

TIMELINE

DELIVERABLES

Raise internal understanding and awareness of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Assistant Director National Collection (RAP Champion)

supported by

ILO, Head of Commemoration and Visitor Services (CVE), Head of Research Centre (RC),
Head of CAM

June 2015 to July 2016

To develop and promote easy-to-use tools in a variety of formats for staff, volunteers, and visitors, including:

  • a catalogue of material relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Memorial's collections, exhibitions, and Roll of Honour
  • a concise history of the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the armed forces
  • a framework for consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to promote awareness of the role of the Memorial, its collections, and its services
  • provide information for staff and volunteers on the debate about the history of the "Frontier Wars" and the context of the gargoyles
  • training and guidelines for staff and volunteers on supporting family history research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including awareness of the MOU between the Memorial, AIATSIS, and Link-UP
  • cultural awareness training

Promote awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service

Director, Head of Exhibitions

Manager Education, Head of HR

supported by

All sections as required

July 2016 to June 2017

To deliver an exhibition on the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

To incorporate a component on the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and relevant resources in the Employee and Volunteer Induction programs

To provide opportunities for staff, volunteers, and visitors to learn about new perspectives on the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 

Raise internal understanding of cultural protocols

Director
Head of RC, ILO

September—December
2015

To review protocols for appropriate Acknowledgement of Country at Memorial events and ceremonies

To provide guidelines for staff and volunteers on cultural protocols for accessing historical and cultural material relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

To review protocols for flying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the Memorial

 

Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events and ceremonies

Head of CAM

supported by

ILO, RAP Working Group

July (annually)

To participate in and celebrate NAIDOC Week events

To raise awareness of and share information about the meaning of NAIDOC Week among staff and volunteers, including information about local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities

To introduce staff and volunteers to NAIDOC Week by promoting community events in our local area

RAP Working Group to participate in an external NAIDOC Week event

To promote participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' events, ceremonies, and programs (e.g. commemorative services at the Mt Ainslie memorial)

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ACTION

RESPONSIBILITY

TIMELINE

DELIVERABLES

Promote recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Head of HR

December 2015

To adopt the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy to promote recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as staff and volunteers in the Memorial, including:

  • APS Special Measures for flexible arrangements recognising cultural, community, and family obligations, and the recognition of experience and knowledge, culturally sensitive recruitment processes, and broader role definitions
  • Internships, traineeships, and partnerships with similar collecting institutions to promote opportunities for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in collection development and telling stories of military service, including commissions, research projects, and program delivery
  • Regular attendance and sharing of knowledge at the Australian Public Service Commission's Indigenous HR forum

Consider supplier
diversity

Chief Finance Officer

July 2015

Promote awareness of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP)

Refer to the "SupplyNation" website (Indigenous Business Direct) for a list of Indigenous suppliers

To develop FAQ and other guidance to assist staff in understanding the IPP

TRACKING PROGRESS

ACTION

RESPONSIBILITY

TIMELINE

DELIVERABLES

Evaluate the implementation of the RAP

RAP Working Group

March—September 2016

To conduct two six-monthly internal online surveys to evaluate progress and improvement demonstrated from initial survey

To circulate performance report on implementation of the Reflect RAP, with opportunity for feedback on issues in application

To evaluate post-cultural-awareness training sessions

To give feedback to the RAP Champion mailbox

Report to Senior Management Group (SMG) on RAP progress

Assistant Director National Collection (RAP Champion), Head of Finance

Quarterly

To present a report every quarter to SMG detailing the progress and success of the RAP

Report to Reconciliation Australia

Assistant Director National Collection (RAP Champion), Head of HR

September 2015

To endorse the Reflect RAP

To deliver a report to Reconciliation Australia 12 months after the establishment of the RAP

Develop an RAP Steering Group

RAP Working Group

June 2016

To implement the RAP, assess proposals for initiatives in its implementation, and advise CMG on its progress

Contact

Please contact Mr Tim Sullivan Assistant Director National Collection on (02) 6243 4297 or email tim.sullivan@awm.gov.au to discuss our RAP and associated activities in more detail.

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