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A step towards reconciliation

3 September 2019

The Education Standards Board is taking a step to support reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are developing a reconciliation action plan with help from Reconciliation Australia.

These plans are a way for workplaces and schools to contribute to reconciliation.

Two of our staff attended a reconciliation conference by Early Childhood Australia in 2018 and 2019 and were inspired to do more.

“Together we had a shared vision that our role, as influencers within our sector, could be used to support services on their journey towards a reconciled nation,” said Jane Bilberry, Senior Authorised Officer, Applications.

“But we recognised it needed to start within our own agency. Hence began our journey towards the development of a reconciliation action plan.”

Reconciliation action plans involve building and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They include practical actions for workplaces.

We have a draft plan and will work with Reconciliation Australia and senior staff to finalise it.

What is reconciliation?

“At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians,” according to Reconciliation Australia.

There are five parts to reconciliation:

  • race relations
  • equality and equity
  • institutional integrity
  • unity
  • historical acceptance

For more information see Reconciliation Australia.