|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2009)|
Reconciliation Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit foundation established in January 2001 to promote a continuing national focus for reconciliation.[clarification needed] It was established by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. The Council had become inactive as there was only a limited political commitment to reconciliation from the government of John Howard.
In 1991, the Commonwealth Parliament voted unanimously to establish the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and a formal reconciliation process. Parliament had noted that there had been no formal process of reconciliation and that it was “most desirable that there be such a reconciliation” by the year 2001, marking the centenary of Federation.
It is funded from corporate and government partnerships as well as tax deductible donations from individual Australians.
It works with business, government and individual Australians to bring about change, identifying and promoting examples[examples needed] of reconciliation in action. They also independently monitor Australia’s progress towards reconciliation.
Reconciliation Action Plans
In 2006 Prime Minister John Howard and Professor Mick Dodson launched the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program, which was to be administered by Reconciliation Australia. Through the program, organisations develop a business plan that documents the actions they will take to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. The practical steps outlined in the RAP aim to help to build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Community programs, Indigenous employment, and procurement from certified Indigenous businesses are examples of the kinds of actions businesses can take in their RAP.
- Dr Tom Calma AO (Co-Chair)
- Mr Mark Leibler AC (Co-Chair),senior partner in the Melbourne legal firm Arnold Bloch Leibler and a Jewish community leader
- Mr Campbell Anderson, council member of the Business Council of Australia since 1986
- The Hon Fred Chaney AO, Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal
- Professor Mick Dodson AM, member of the Yawuru peoples, Professor and Chairperson of the Australian National University's Institute for Indigenous Australia
- Mr Dick Estens, business leader involved in the Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers’ Aboriginal Employment Strategy
- Ms Raymattja Marika-Mununggiritj from the Rirratjingu people in the Northern Territory
- Ms Shelley Reys, an Aboriginal woman of the Djiribul people, Managing Director of Arrilla – Aboriginal Training and Development
- Mr Jason Glanville, Director of Policy and Strategy
- Armstrong, Leah. "RAP About". Reconciliation Australia. Reconciliation Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2014.