Developing RAP 2

Open Day 2013 


Reflecting on RAP 1 to inform RAP 2

The achievements made during the period of the first University of Melbourne RAP – relating to both the 27 actions, and the wider cultural changes of its 'big agenda' – have been captured in many stories and articles written by staff and students.

These stories, which effectively showcase the University's contribution to Indigenous development through its teaching, learning and research, can also be used as models for converting good intentions into action and as a means of building commitment among all parts of the University community.

Endorsing progress made under RAP 1

The Convening Panel – the group of Elders involved in the development and implementation of the first RAP who have been meeting regularly since August 2010 – met again in August 2013 as a first step towards setting the vision and direction of the new RAP. 

The Elders confirmed their ongoing support for the overall shape of RAP 1, the distinction between its short and big agendas, and the structuring of RAP actions across the six action areas. They agreed that the action areas have achieved positive results and remain relevant.

In their view, one of the major achievements of the first RAP has been to normalise Indigenous strategy as mainstream University business. 

Cultural recognition identified as key aim in RAP 2

The Elders expressed a hope that cultural recognition will be strengthened and prioritised during RAP 2 and that all students, Indigenous and non-indigenous, international and local, studying at the University of Melbourne be given the opportunity to extend their knowledge about Indigenous Australia and connect with the culture and identity of the world's oldest living culture in the course of their studies. Their view was that every faculty should offer some Indigenous content – something to contribute against the loss of culture and identity.

Role of faculties and administrative divisions

Under RAP 2, administrative divisions will play an important role in establishing structures and programs that support and enable the broad range of actions identified by faculties to address Indigenous disadvantage. Faculties will act autonomously, crafting their own RAP actions and priorities within the framework provided by the University's RAP and developing strategies for achieving them.

Where required, for example in relation to student recruitment and retention and Indigenous employment, specific framework documents developed the in course of RAP 1 will continue to provide structure and direction.

Next Steps

The University's first RAP laid the administrative framework and developed the processes necessary to bring Indigenous objectives into the mainstream of University activity.

The new challenge under RAP 2 is to involve the broader community of University staff and students in the reconciliation agenda on our campuses, and wider afield.

These pages are a tool, designed to support staff and students to become involved in the achievement of the University's reconciliation objectives and to join in the conversation about reconciliation.  

We hope you will

  • Find out about the University's RAP 
  • Read about the Indigenous initiatives and programs occurring across the University
  • Share your ideas about creating an inclusive University culture where Indigenous perspectives are acknowledged and respected
  • Submit your stories about the actions and initiatives that contribute to Indigenous development and an inclusive University culture
  • Check out the calendar of Indigenous events on campus



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