Flinders University has committed to consulting, developing and implementing an Innovate RAP following two decades of incremental advances in prioritising Indigenous engagement in higher education.
Through this Innovate RAP and our ongoing commitment to implementation, we will be working across our staff, student and alumni community to increase respectful recognition, knowledge and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and contributions.
The University, through this inaugural Innovate RAP, seeks to build on the achievements made under the Indigenous Engagement Framework, and to further commit to improving the lives and well-being of Indigenous Australians and ‘closing the gap’. The University seeks to create an environment that is culturally inclusive in all aspects of its business. As a University community we acknowledge the emotional labour, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the responsibilities associated with reconciliation.
The strategies in this Innovate RAP aim to directly contribute to:
- increasing Indigenous participation, retention and success in higher education, and
- increasing levels of economic and social participation for Indigenous people and their communities
- increasing cultural competence for all staff and students.
Reconciliation Actions Plans are nationally recognised as a proven model to achieve positive change across wide and diverse organisation. Flinders University has identified that an Innovate RAP is the next step in its journey.
Our RAP demonstrates the commitment by Flinders University’s Senior Leadership to progress the whole organisation towards respectful recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contributions.