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Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) identifies actions for relationships,
respect and opportunities that are specific to ESA and our sphere of influence.
We commit to completing the actions in this plan over the next 12 months.
This Reflect RAP will enable us to focus on building relationships both internally
and externally, raising awareness with our stakeholders and ensuring there
is shared understanding and ownership of our RAP within the company.
Development of our RAP has involved consultation with staff across ESA and
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

Recognition

ESA recognises that reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is the responsibility of all Australians. This RAP is an acknowledgement of our responsibility, and our commitment, to be active in this space. Our RAP focuses on raising awareness of, and engaging with, reconciliation by building an environment based on mutual respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Access to Schooling

ESA supports the access of all young Australians to high-quality schooling, and seeks to support equity in schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Content and Perspectives

Further, ESA’s Letter of Expectation from SCSEEC requests that ESA consider the Council of Australian Governments’ Closing the Gap targets in the delivery of products and services commissioned by SCSEEC by ensuring that these include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and perspectives, where appropriate.

In this context, ESA is committed to building relationships both internally and externally, and raising awareness with our stakeholders to ensure there is a shared understanding and ownership of our RAP within the company.

Within ESA, we are committed to:

  • raising staff awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions
  • raising staff awareness and understanding of reconciliation support materials and tools, such as company protocols
  • embedding a reconciliation perspective of cultural awareness, sensitivity and respect into our consciousness and practices
  • encouraging diversity in our employment
  • investigating opportunities to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contractors, suppliers, educators and subject matter experts
  • building partnerships with local and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups wherever possible
  • promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in our physical space, for example through local artworks.

As a national education service provider for teachers, students and education communities, in collaboration with our stakeholders we are committed to:

  • supporting the Education Act’s determination to close the gap
  • encouraging the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in project development and materials
  • ensuring that the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures is reflected where we can
  • ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners are supported in key elements of 21st century teaching and learning
  • embedding the materials and tools that we develop with strategies that support teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • supporting teachers to understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians
  • supporting teachers to understand and demonstrate strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Download ESA's Reconciliation Action Plan