Reconciliation is at the heart of our programs, services and initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with opportunities to participate and thrive in life.

 

Responsibility for Ministry of the Uniting Church with the Aboriginal and Islander people of Australia was confirmed in 1985, when members of the Uniting Church in Australia formed the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

 

In 1994, the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia entered into the Uniting Church in Australia’s Covenant with the UAICC and later, in 2009, the Uniting Church in Australia recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of its Constitution.

 

Stretch RAP (2017-2020)

 

We honour this commitment through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) — UnitingCare’s business plan for prioritising and contributing to reconciliation in Australia.

 

Our Reconciliation Action Plans, built on the Australian Framework of Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate, set up our path to reconciliation in partnership, walking together to right the wrongs of the past, and looking forward to our future, together.

 

UnitingCare’s Stretch RAP (2017–2020) keeps us moving forward on our Reconciliation journey, with specific targets around cultural appreciation, procurement, recruitment and retention, leadership and community participation.

 

Our Stretch RAP challenges us to:

  • Increase our percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees so that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients receive culturally appropriate care
  • Give a voice to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and clients through strong leadership at all levels of our organisation
  • Invite our employees to take part in cultural appreciation training and/or workshops
  • Create a culture that recognises and respects the value and knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to UnitingCare’s work.

 

  • Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2020
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Previous UnitingCare Reconciliation Action Plans

Reflect RAP (2012-13)

 

Our first RAP helped to make our services more culturally sensitive and accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and has contributed to building enduring partnerships both with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and at a local community level with Elders and community members.

 

Throughout the course of our first RAP, we completed all the actions that we had planned and, more importantly, we took steps towards changing the way we operate by improving our cultural capacity as a health and community services provider and employer. Our first-year progress is outlined in the Reconciliation Action Plan review 2012–13.

  • Reconciliation Action Plan 2012–2013
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  • Reconciliation Action Plan Review 2012–2013
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Innovate RAP (2014-17)


The UnitingCare Innovate RAP built on the work that we had already undertaken towards Reconciliation across our service groups — Blue Care, UnitingCare Community, and UnitingCare Health (The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, Buderim Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast, and St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay).

  • Reconciliation Action Plan 2014–2017
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Aboriginal artwork we walk together
We Walk Together artwork

In 2012, Aboriginal artist Robert Barton, a Kalkadoon man from far North Western Queensland, was commissioned by UnitingCare to create an artwork that reflects the integrity and collaborative approach of the UnitingCare Reconciliation Action Plan journey. This artwork is featured above.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
We provide a range of culturally appropriate services and supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.