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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION

Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018 INNOVATE


INDIGENOUS ARTWORK DESCRIPTION Title: Australian Rugby Union Community Artist: Taleena Simon

Background: In March 2016 the Australian Rugby Union approached Taleena Simon, an Aboriginal woman contracted to the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team, to create an Aboriginal piece of art. Taleena was asked to create a piece that reflects the ARU vision ‘To inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game’ and incorporate elements of our values – passion, integrity, discipline, respect & teamwork. Description: The artwork features a centre circle representing the Australian Rugby Union which is then surrounded by the eight State and Territory Member Unions. The flowing lines in the background represent the various rugby communities all connecting with their individual Member Unions and connecting back into the heart of the ARU. The artwork reflects the different communities connecting together from players, match officials, coaches and spectators to create a connectedness within Australia through the great game of Rugby Union. It shows the contribution every individual makes to the Rugby Union community.


THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION’S (ARU) VISION FOR RECONCILIATION IS TO ENGAGE AND WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITIES TO FOSTER POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS, PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND CREATE GENUINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES THROUGH THE GREAT GAME OF RUGBY UNION.

OUR VISION FOR RECONCILIATION

ARU’S COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION ALIGNS WITH OUR CORE VISION ‘TO INSPIRE ALL AUSTRALIANS TO ENJOY OUR GREAT GLOBAL GAME’ AND IS STRENGTHENED BY OUR VALUES: PASSION, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND TEAMWORK. THE ARU ACKNOWLEDGES AND RESPECTS ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURES AS THE OLDEST LIVING CONTINUOUS CULTURE IN THIS WORLD AND PAYS RESPECT TO FIRST AUSTRALIANS’ ONGOING CONNECTION TO THE LANDS AND WATERS OF THIS COUNTRY.


OUR BUSINESS The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) was formed in 1949 to give the game a national governing body, representing all levels of Rugby in Australia and across all eight Member Union states and territories. The inaugural meeting of the Australian Rugby Football Union was held on 25 November 1949 with 11 delegates from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The ARU is responsible for the governance, management and development of Rugby Union in Australia. The ARU is also responsible for managing national representative teams including the Qantas Wallabies, Qantas Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams, the Wallaroos, junior Australian representative teams, and for promoting Rugby at the grassroots level. The ARU employs approximately 110 administrative staff and contracts approximately 175 Super Rugby players, 37 Sevens players and 75 National Academy players. The ARU is putting systems in place so that in the future the organisation can accurately capture data around the recruitment of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff as full-time staff, casual development officers, elite players, match official, coaches and interns. Currently, without such systems in place, the organisation cannot provide an exact number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The ARU works closely with its eight Member Unions who include the Australian Super Rugby teams, governing Rugby bodies from each state, and Affiliate organisations (such as Sydney Rugby Union, NSW Country Rugby Union and Australian Services Rugby Union). The ARU and Member Unions work together to deliver initiatives and programs to increase participation in grassroots Rugby, develop elite success and engage fans.

The ARU’s overarching vision is to inspire all Australians to enjoy the great global game of Rugby. To make this vision a reality, the ARU focuses on four strategic pillars: • Making Rugby a game for all. This involves concentrating on participation growth, strengthening grassroots Rugby and encouraging diversity so that the Rugby community reflects the wider Australian community. The continuing rollout of National Rugby Week, Game On and Viva7s (a non-contact version of Rugby sevens) will encourage greater participation and diversity of participants. • Igniting Australia’s passion for the game. This will be achieved via a new fan-focused digital strategy, an increased focus on marketing and media relations and by pursuing law innovations. • Building sustainable elite success. From the Junior Gold Cup, which is the ARU’s national pathways competition for representative players in the U15-U17 age bracket to the Qantas Wallabies, the ARU will ensure the right systems, processes and expertise are in place to support our elite teams, and that appropriate pathway programs exist to nurture and develop emerging talent. • Creating excellence in how the game is run. The Australian Rugby Strategy Group will oversee the delivery of the National Charter which will drive administrative excellence at all levels of the game. Educational resources for coaches, referees and players will be crucial in this. By adhering to this whole-of-game Strategic Plan, the ARU intends to develop an inclusive Rugby community in which all Australians can enjoy Rugby equally.


MESSAGE FROM THE CEO On behalf of the Australian Rugby it gives me great pleasure to deliver Australian Rugby Union’s second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Since the launch of the ARU’s inaugural RAP, our organisation’s commitment to furthering reconciliation in Australia has strengthened. We are committed to making the game more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, forming strong relationships with communities and providing opportunities for all First Australian peoples to enjoy our great global game. Building sustainable Rugby programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and celebrating existing Indigenous Rugby initiatives are key components of making Rugby a game for all Australians. The ARU provides national leadership to support Rugby pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the grassroots to elite level. Most significantly the ARU recognises that Rugby plays a part in the rich sporting and cultural life of millions of Australians. Through our involvement in Rugby, we are fortunate to be in the position to be able to remove barriers and create genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that will assist in promoting the oldest continuous living culture in the world and work towards ‘Closing the Gap’, specifically in relation to the Government targets around early childhood education, school attendance, employment, healthy lives and economic development. On behalf of the ARU I sincerely thank Reconciliation Australia and the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team for their contribution and support in the development of our second RAP.


RAP WORKING GROUP MEMBERS The ARU RAP Working Group is represented by four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and six members from the ARU and the broader community. All Working Group members bring various expertise, knowledge and experience to the group and were integral in the drafting of this RAP. They will continue to champion the RAP throughout their networks. The main role of the group is to build and promote a RAP based on relationships, respect and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The group is comprised of: • Andrew Larratt – General Manager, Community Rugby & Participation Growth, ARU • Ben Whitaker – General Manager, High Performance, ARU • Michael Earsman – Head of Communications, ARU • Adam Thomas – Head of Community Engagement, ARU • Cass Goodwin – Manager, Indigenous Rugby, ARU • Tom Evans – Executive Officer, LMRDT • Gary Ella – Board of Directors, LMRDT • Mick Djekovic – Board of Directors, LMRDT • Tessa Pentony – Board of Directors, LMRDT • Steven Adams – Board of Directors, LMRDT

OUR RAP


RAP JOURNEY The Australian Rugby Union launched our first RAP during National Reconciliation Week in 2013. This RAP was seen as a critical step and a natural progression from our Indigenous Rugby plan which was launched a few years earlier. Developing our RAP was important for a number of reasons; most significant was the recognition that sport can be used to remove barriers and create genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that will assist in helping to ‘Close the Gap’ to encourage healthy lives, education, school attendance, employment and economic development. Rugby has a powerful opportunity to influence change and the ARU were, and remain, committed to striving for reconciliation in Australia. The ARU ensures each and every staff member is aware of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and encourage staff to champion the RAP and strive for an inclusive workplace. With the implementation of this RAP a group of internal staff will be created called ‘RAP Champions’ who will ensure targets and key messages are communicated throughout the business. These individuals will be instrumental in organising key events throughout the year and raising awareness. With the introduction of the ARU’s inaugural RAP in 2013, the organisation identified a number of priorities that need to be addressed for us to make a meaningful commitment to diversifying the way we work. This journey has allowed us to strategically prioritise and set achievable and sustainable targets in our 2016-2018 RAP. A major key learning was the need for a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures amongst the organisation and wider Rugby community and the need to develop effective programs that engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into participating in Rugby activities. All staff, including the Executive team and CEO, took part in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness session in 2014. This session allowed us to see the need to continue cultural awareness programs amongst staff.


In 2016, the ARU staff held a morning tea to mark National ‘Close the Gap’ day with players from our Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens team recording a message to highlight some of the current issues Indigenous people face today and pledging their support for ‘Closing the Gap’ by 2020. The video was shared through social media and shown to all ARU staff. Morning tea was supplied by Kallico Catering, an Indigenous owned and operated business, to highlight our commitment to supplier diversity. Ongoing opportunities are being presented to allow the organisation to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and play our part towards broader reconciliation in Australia. Some of these initiatives, which are underway, include the filming of Welcome to Country video clips to be shown at Qantas Wallabies domestic tests in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane and a Message Stick being gifted to all international teams playing in Australia. Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country protocols and procedures have been implemented amongst all staff to allow further engagement. All staff are encouraged to take part in internal and external events around National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC, and internal engagement events were held to raise awareness and allow staff to make their own commitments to reconciliation. The ARU successfully engaged with CareerTrackers to employ and mentor two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns with one gaining casual employment at the ARU. On the field, three Aboriginal women received professional fulltime contracts with the Australian Women’s Sevens Program, six Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander girls took part in the Girls’ Youth Olympics squad, three of whom went on to obtain selection in the final squad to attend the Youth Olympic games held in China and 28 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women from over six different teams were involved in the 2014 National Women’s Sevens Championships held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. 92 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander players were involved in the inaugural Junior Gold Cup (JGC) Tournament, which equated to 6.7% of players involved in the 2013/2014 JGC Program. Run nationally, the competition includes 40 teams competing across 24 centres with over 1,200 individual players participating in 2015 and 2016. This pathway program is the ARU’s national pathways competition for representative players in the U15-U17 age bracket. Now in its third year the JGC is a crucial stepping stone in the ARU’s Pathway to Gold program and is designed to create the next generation of elite talent in all forms of Australian Rugby.


LLOYD MCDERMOTT RUGBY DEVELOPMENT TEAM AND ARU RELATIONSHIP The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc. (LMRDT) – or ‘Lloydies’ as it is more commonly known as was established in 1992 with the goal of introducing Rugby to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women across Australia in the hope of coupling athletics with academics. It is Lloyd McDermott’s ability to combine sport and education which is at the essence of what the organisation stands for and it is the reason why the organisation bears his name. Lloyd McDermott was the first Aboriginal player to represent his country but he was by no means an ordinary Rugby player. Pride was close to, if not the most, admirable characteristic of McDermott as a player. In 1962, as winger for the Wallabies, he made his pride in his Aboriginality clear to everyone in Australia by opting not to play as an ‘honorary white’ on the South African tour. Lloyd McDermott was a man of iconic strength, and amongst his other achievements, he is also noted as the first Aboriginal barrister. For over 20 years Lloydies have been working closely with the ARU and their Member Unions with a mission to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Rugby. Opportunities and education pathways have been delivered by Lloydies to enrich the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. These pathways provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to pursue a career as a professional Rugby player and one day rise to become a Wallaby or Olympian. Although Lloydies are a separate entity, the ARU continue to ensure a strong working relationship is upheld. To do this a Service Level Agreement is being implemented to articulate the relationship between both parties and identify clear pathways and linkages to the ARU’s whole-of-game strategy. Notable players involved with Lloydies have included Western Force’s Matt Hodgson, Waratahs’ Kurtley Beale and Reece Robinson, Aussie Women’s Sevens Taleena Simon and Mahalia Murphy, Aussie Men’s Sevens players John Porch, Shannon Walker and Willie Gordon to name a few.

Annually, LMRDT hold their marquee event for Indigenous Sevens Rugby called the Ella 7s. Named after the famed Ella Brothers – Gary, Glen and Mark, who played for the Wallabies during the 1980s – this iconic tournament continues to grow each year. In 2014, the Ella 7s included Cairns, Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. Hosting between 10 (Cairns) and 44 teams (Coffs Harbour) in both men’s and women’s divisions with up to 2,000 people attending. The Ella 7s is heavily supported by the ARU with a number of staff volunteering their time to provide assistance with match day logistics and refereeing. This annual event is welcomed by staff members and provides them with an opportunity to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and scout potential players for pathway opportunities.


RELATIONSHIPS We aim to foster and build sustainable and positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. The ARU will create greater opportunities, understanding, and a richness in diversity which will add to Rugby’s value on and off the field. ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

1. RAP Working Group (RWG) actively monitors RAP development and implementation of actions, tracking progress and reporting

• RWG oversees the development, endorsement and launch of the RAP • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are represented on the RWG • Meet at least four times per year to monitor and report on RAP implementation • Develop a Terms of Reference for the RWG • Ensure ARU Management Committee Members are represented on the RWG

July, October, 2016, February, April, August, December 2017, 2018 June 2016

Manager, Indigenous Rugby

2. Celebrate and promote National Reconciliation Week (NRW) by providing opportunities to build and maintain meaningful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians

• Organise at least one internal event for NRW each year • Support at least one external event each year • Register all NRW events via the Reconciliation Australia NRW website • Encourage all staff to participate in external events to recognise and celebrate NRW • Participate in Qantas NRW activities • Download and circulate Reconciliation Australia’s NRW resources to staff • Promote NRW to the eight ARU Member Unions, Sponsors, and other external stakeholders.

27 May - 3 June, 2016, 2017, 2018

ARU Office Manager Manager, Indigenous Rugby

3. Develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to support positive outcomes

• Develop and implement an engagement plan to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders • Meet with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to develop guiding principles for future engagement • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant government and community organisations including Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Local Aboriginal Land Councils • Support Member Union Rugby development staff to build relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities • Develop and maintain relationships with peak education bodies to support the ARU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education programs and development of modules for use by ARU • Maintain relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media providers • Explore opportunities to support the Recognise Campaign and raising awareness for Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

September 2016

General Manager, Participation Head of Community Engagement Manager, Indigenous Rugby

June 2016

July 2016 June 2016

January 2017 June 2016

August 2016 September 2016


RELATIONSHIPS (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

4. Raise internal and external awareness of our RAP to promote reconciliation across our business and sector

• Implement and review a strategy to communicate our RAP to all internal and external stakeholders • Promote reconciliation through ongoing active engagement with all stakeholders • Communicate quarterly updates on RAP progress to all staff. • Communicate quarterly updates on RAP progress at National Heads of Game Development meetings • Encourage ARU Member Unions to develop a RAP. • Encourage major sponsors to develop a RAP • Provide all new staff with a copy of the RAP as part of the induction process

June 2016

Head of Communications Manager, Indigenous Rugby

• Support LMRDT and ARU Member Unions to deliver on field programs and tournaments which increase engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities • Provide LMRDT with office space and other support services • ARU staff to provide logistical assistance and support at the Ella 7s carnival

December 2016, 2017, 2018

• Ensure that all ARU departments and staff are actively engaged with the ARU RAP and understand their responsibilities and the organisational opportunities through the implementation of this plan.

July 2016

5. Strengthen and nurture positive relationships with the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT)

6. Engage staff in RAP initiatives to strengthen ARU’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

August 2016 June, September, 2016, January, April, August, December 2017, 2018 January 2017 January 2017 June 2016

2016, 2017, 2018

General Manger, Participation Head of Community Engagement Manager, Indigenous Rugby

March 2017, 2018

CEO General Manager, Participation


RESPECT The ARU will promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rich cultures and heritage to stakeholders, staff and the wider ARU community to ensure a respectful relationship is maintained between all Australians. We want to educate individuals to allow them to have a deeper understanding of the world’s oldest continuous culture and create a more reconciled nation. ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

1. Engage employees in continuous cultural learning opportunities to increase understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements

• Develop and implement a cultural awareness training plan for our staff, which defines cultural learning needs of employees in all areas of ARU business and considers various ways of which cultural learning can be provided • Investigate opportunities to work with local Traditional Owners and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants to develop cultural training. • Provide opportunities for RWG members, RAP Champions, HR Managers and other key leadership to participate in cultural training. • Extend relevant cultural training opportunities to Member Union Staff • Promote and communicate the Reconciliation Australia Share Our Pride online tool to all staff • Investigate local cultural experiences and immersion opportunities

January 2017

Manager, Human Resources Manager, Indigenous Rugby

• Develop, implement and communicate a cultural protocol document for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country • Develop a list of key contacts for organising a Welcome to Country and maintain respectful partnerships • Invite a Traditional Owner to provide a Welcome to Country at significant events such as Test Matches held in Australia • Include Acknowledgement of Country at the commencement of important internal meetings • Invite a Traditional Owner into our office to explain the significance of Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country • Organise and display an Acknowledgment of Country plaque in our office/s or on our office building

June 2016

2. Engage ARU employees in understanding the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols such as Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country to ensure there is a shared meaning.

October 2016 January 2017 September 2016 August 2016 May 2017, 2018

September 2016 June, August, September, October 2016, 2017, 2018

May 2017 June 2016

Manager, Indigenous Rugby General Manager, Operations Head of Operations


RESPECT (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

3. Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to engage with their culture and communities by celebrating NAIDOC Week

• Review HR policies and procedures to ensure there are no barriers to staff participating in NAIDOC Week • Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to participate in celebrations during NAIDOC Week • Provide opportunities for all staff to participate in NAIDOC Week activities • Support an external NAIDOC Week community event • Promote NAIDOC Week to internal and external stakeholders.

July 2016, 2017, 2018

Manager, Human Resources

4. Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures become a part of the rich fabric of the Rugby community.

• Showcase Rugby’s connection to First Australian history by telling the stories of the achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wallabies • Explore opportunities to utilise the ARU brands as a vehicle to extend awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage in Australia • Use ARU media and digital channels to recognise and promote recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, land and history through the powerful stories of Rugby • Investigate opportunities to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures into major Rugby events • Create profiles on the ARU website to celebrate each of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wallabies. • Promote current and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players’ achievements through stories and social media content

May, July 2016, 2017, 2018

Head of Communications Manager, Indigenous Rugby

2016, 2017, 2018 May, July 2016, 2017, 2018

August 2017 December 2016 May, July 2016, 2017, 2018


OPPORTUNITIES ARU is committed to diversifying Rugby to make it a game for all Australians. To do this we understand the need to promote and provide genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate and engage with our great global game through leadership, education, supplier diversity and initiatives.

Rugby will provide and promote opportunities which will grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement with the sport. This will result in benefits for all involved, creating strength through diversity in Rugby.

ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

1. Investigate opportunities to improve and increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes within our workplace

• Develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and retention strategy • Engage with existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to consult on employment strategies, including professional development • Advertise all job vacancies in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media • Collect information on our current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to inform future employment opportunities • Review HR and recruitment procedures and policies to ensure there are no barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and future applicants participating in our workplace • Engage with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or consultants to advise on recruitment, employment and retention strategies, including professional development • Continue to partner with CareerTrackers to provide meaningful employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns • Explore opportunities to develop a traineeship program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students • Consult with Qantas Airways Indigenous Recruitment Department to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at ARU

February 2017

Manager, Human Resources

• Review procurement policies and procedures to identify barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to supply our organisation with goods and services • Develop and communicate to staff a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that can be used to procure goods and services • Develop one commercial relationship with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander owned business

March 2017

2. Investigate opportunities to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity within our organisation

September 2016 2016, 2017, 2018 October 2016

February 2017

July 2016 October 2016 January 2017

March 2017 August 201

General Manager, Commercial


OPPORTUNITIES (CONT) ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

3. Develop initiatives to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Rugby and the ARU

• Develop and launch a targeted program engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, providing a first touch experience of Rugby, starting the participants on a pathway to ongoing engagement with the game and the strong values, and healthy behaviours associated with the sport. • Host focus groups to understand perspectives, barriers, and enablers to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Rugby. • Work with ARU Member Unions to promote Rugby Development positions amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples • Identify commercial partners with a shared vision to work on shared opportunities to develop programs to successfully engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Rugby. • Drive investment into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and events through government bodies and the Australian Rugby Foundation • Support LMRDT to research the effectiveness of their programs on participants to support grant proposals and create case studies of success

June 2016

Manager, Indigenous Rugby Head of Community Engagement

• Work with Rugby and community organisations to provide development training camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. • Partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to promote Rugby Union in communities. • Utilise the Junior Gold Cup as a key participation and development opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants • Collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rugby greats to identify how ARU can increase engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

January 2017

4. Increase ongoing engagement with Rugby Union in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

August 2017 August 2017 August 2017

August 2016 July 2016

August 2016 April 2017, 2018 August 2016, 2017, 2018


TRACKING PROGRESS AND REPORTING ACTION

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

RESPONSIBILITY

1. Report RAP achievements, challenges and learnings to Reconciliation Australia for inclusion in the RAP Impact Measurement Report

• Complete and submit the RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire to Reconciliation Australia annually • Investigate participating in the RAP Barometer • Develop and implement systems and capability needs to track, measure and report on RAP activities

September, 2016, 2017

Manager, Indigenous Rugby

2. Report RAP achievements, challenges and learnings internally and externally

• Publically report our RAP achievements, challenges and learnings

November 2016, 2017, 2018

Head of Communications

3. Review, refresh and update RAP

• Liaise with Reconciliation Australia to develop a new RAP based on learnings, challenges and achievements • Send draft RAP to Reconciliation Australia for formal feedback and endorsement

September 2017

Manager, Indigenous Rugby

September 2016 June 2016


CONTACT DETAILS Position: Manager, Indigenous Rugby Phone: +61 2 8005 5596 Email: cass.goodwin@rugby.com.au

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