Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Advisory Committee (which replaced the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee) contributes to our engagement and support of diverse communities as outlined in our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) September 2020 – September 2022.

Read the full committee terms of reference(PDF, 418KB).

Objectives

The committee's aim is to provide us with advice and information on inclusion, access and equity issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and to oversee the development of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan between September 2020 and September 2022.

Key objectives

  • Provide feedback and advice on our policies, plans, services and projects that have an impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Provide advice on government initiatives, programs and reviews that have an impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Advocate on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Assist us to promote the benefits of diversity and enhance understanding about the barriers to equality facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Provide advice in relation to our communication, engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Membership

The committee consists of:

  • up to 15 community and organisational members
  • 1 councillor
  • 1 substitute councillor

Representation on the committee will reflect the:

  • diverse range of interests and experience, to provide a balance of perspectives
  • community demographics
  • geographic diversity of Banyule.

Our staff are not considered members of the committee, but a specific officer is assigned to the committee to provide executive support and will be the key contact for all members.

Community and organisational members

Committee positions are voluntary and may be held for a 2-year term. Representation will be sought from a recruitment process specified in the terms of reference.

The committee will consist of:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who live or work locally
  • representatives from community organisations, agencies and service providers that focus on local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including, but not limited to:
    • Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place Committee
    • Banyule Community Health Services Aboriginal Health Team
    • Reconciliation Banyule
    • Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Contact

For more information, contact Nicole Findlay at Nicole.Findlay@banyule.vic.gov.au or Les Chessells at Les.Chessells@banyule.vic.gov.au