Our vision for reconciliation
Sport and Recreation WA, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is committed to a diverse sport and recreation industry that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health, social and emotional wellbeing of all Aboriginal people in Western Australia.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of Western Australians through their participation and achievement in sport and recreation.
Sport and Recreation WA develops and implements government policy and initiatives in sport and recreation, while contributing to the healthy lifestyle of Western Australians by increasing physical activity through sport and recreation and providing assistance and advice to local communities, the sports industry, organisations and clubs, businesses and other government departments.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
“Reconciliation is about mutual respect, a willingness to listen and learn from each other. Aboriginal culture is rich and enduring and it is essential to build a greater understanding and awareness of Aboriginal culture and the value it adds to our workplace and our community as a whole.” (Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website)
“A RAP provides an organisation with a framework for the future, detailing steps and priorities to achieve Indigenous1 equality.” (Reconciliation Australia website)
The most significant learning from Sport and Recreation WA’s inaugural RAP was that it was too complex regarding the quantum of actions (too many), diversity of actions (some strategic, others operational and low-level) and perhaps unrealistic and impractical expectations (thus low likelihood of actions being implemented).
This new RAP is a more strategic and concise document, and it complements the new delivery strategy2 for Aboriginal sport and recreation. It reflects a focus on achieving outcomes in the areas of relationships, mutual respect and understanding, and opportunities, much the same as the focus areas recommended by Reconciliation Australia. A cross-agency reference group, comprising Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff, informed its development.
The goals of this RAP are to:
- Promote cultural understanding and influence everyday behaviour to enhance the quality of service and support to the Aboriginal community (building and maintaining better relationships).
- Embed cultural elements in Sport and Recreation WA’s events and activities (mutual respect and understanding of the unique contribution of Aboriginal people).
- Enable Aboriginal people to influence and guide sport and recreation policy (leading to equal opportunities).
A RAP Working Group, guided by Terms of Reference supported by Sport and Recreation WA’s Corporate Executive, will develop and facilitate implementation of actions required to achieve the RAP’s deliverables, track and report on progress and monitor Sport and Recreation WA's contribution to reconciliation.