Our commitment to reconciliation
ReachOut Australia’s vision is for an inclusive, compassionate and cohesive Australia, that truly embraces and is proud of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. We strive for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to be happy and well, and able to reach their full potential as emerging elders.
ReachOut has a strong commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to deliver an inclusive service that meets their needs, and contributes to improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
We recognise the importance of addressing the impacts of colonisation. The national apology was a significant step in the reconciliation process that should be recognised, celebrated and built upon. With this structured plan, we are taking action through a genuine commitment to making our organisation a culturally-aware and inclusive workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
ReachOut’s Innovate RAP is our second Reconciliation Action Plan to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. It prioritises creating opportunities, collaborating and building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to ensure our workplace and services are safe, accessible and relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and parents.
Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
ReachOut’s Reflect RAP was published in 2016 and prioritised making our organisation and service more culturally appropriate tfor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We achieved this by increasing the cultural competency of ReachOut staff, improving our knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and contemporary issues, and developing a more nuanced understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing.