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ACSO launches its REFLECT RAP

June 1, 2022

ACSO is proud to announce the launch of its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Developed by ACSO’s RAP working group members, along with input and suggestions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and clients, non-Indigenous employees, the ACSO Board and representatives of Reconciliation Australia, the plan aims to scope our sphere of influence and determine ACSO’s vision for reconciliation.

[QUOTE from VAUGHAN WINTHER, ACSO CEO]

“Our Reflect RAP forms a key outcome of ACSO’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and is aligned with ACSO’s core values: passion, belief in humanity, integrity in all that we do and innovative spirit. It also identifies tangible measures of our commitment to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Our Reflect RAP will require ongoing and authentic conversations, which in turn will provide us with rich learnings into the future.”

In launching the RAP, ACSO held a live webinar for ACSO employees with a panel of esteemed speakers including:

• Nerita Waight, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and ACSO board member
• Felicity Chafer-Smith, a Ngarrindjeri woman with lived experience, Bachelor of Business student, and artist currently working with The Torch
• Dr Anna Macklin, ACSO General Manager, Service Development and Impact and RAP working group member, and
• Vaughan Winther, ACSO CEO.

Throughout the session, employees were able to ask questions about the development of ACSO’s Reflect RAP and the actions to be taken over the next 18 months under four key categories: Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.

“We now have a set of actions and a framework that allows us to remain accountable and be authentic,” said Vaughan. “The exciting thing is that our RAP also takes us into areas we feel very passionate about and allows us to be creative. I don’t want us to just check a box. I invite the challenge and I invite everyone at ACSO to give us feedback around what they see and what they hear. Most importantly, this is what our Reflect journey is about and acknowledging what we could do better.”

To view ACSO’s Reflect RAP, please visit: Reconciliation | ACSO