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					Reconciliation Action Plan 2009 - 2012




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A vision for reconciliation

 Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and with agencies and others that provide services and
 support to individuals and communities, the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia and her staff
 envision a future where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are heard, healthy, safe, able to reach
 their potential as valued members of the community.

 This vision guides the Commissioner’s work whenever and wherever she advocates, promotes and monitors the wellbeing of
 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Through this work, and through inquiries into matters affecting the
 wellbeing of young people generally, the Commissioner will act to promote awareness and understanding in the community about
 the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. The Commissioner will seek to promote and
 support strong partnerships between all agencies, groups and individuals involved in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
 Islander children and young people.

 This Reconciliation Action Plan is a statement of the Commissioner’s commitment to bringing Western Australians together. The
 aim is to deliver realistic, achievable and measurable actions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young
 people. The Commissioner and her staff are committed to working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,
 young people, their families and their communities towards closing the gap and to ensure that they enjoy the same life
 opportunities as other Australian children.




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The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

The Commissioner is responsible for promoting and monitoring the wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia.
Under the Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2006 (WA) priority is given to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children and young people.

The functions of the Commissioner include to:
      advocate for children and young people;
      promote strategies and outcomes which enhance the wellbeing of children and young people;
      monitor the wellbeing of children and young people generally in the community;
      monitor the way in which a government agency investigates a complaint made by a child or young person;
      inquire into any matter affecting the wellbeing of children and young people;
      promote the participation of children and young people in decision-making that affects their lives and encourage government
      and non-government agencies to include children and young people in decision-making;
      promote awareness and understanding in the community about the wellbeing of children and young people;
      consult with children and young people in their communities;
      consider and make recommendations on laws, policies, programs and services affecting children and young people.




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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been involved and consulted as key advisors throughout the process of
developing this plan and will continue to be consulted as part of the annual monitoring and review process.

The plan is based soundly on the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders themselves, especially those of children and young
people through workshops held with Aboriginal youth.

The framework for the actions described in this plan includes:
      the legal requirement for the Commissioner to give priority to, and have special regard to, the interests and needs of
      Aboriginal children and young people and Torres Strait Islander children and young people;
      the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and
      the Commissioner for Children and Young People Strategic Plan 2009-2012.

In working to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, the Commissioner will focus
on the following key activities:
      strengthening internal and external partnerships and relationships;
      promoting awareness of the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people; and
      building a knowledge base of the needs and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Over time the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will increasingly come to inform the content
of the plan, but mechanisms to allow this are still to be developed. The process of reconciliation will always remain a work in
progress that demands a continuous process of dialogue and learning.




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1. Relationships
The Commissioner for Children and Young People seeks to develop long-term capacity to address identified issues and to increase
the Office’s capacity to provide support.

Focus area:   Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will help us understand the
              issues affecting them.
Action                                                   Responsibility Timeline        Measurable Target
1. Establish a RAP Working Group to progress and         Commissioner   June 2009       Working group to meet quarterly commencing
   monitor RAP. Working Group will include Aboriginal                                   July 2009.
   and Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous
   staff.
2. In consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait     Commissioner   March 2009      Commence development
   Islander staff and stakeholders, develop a            and Managers
   consultation and engagement plan for Office staff                    July 2009       Consultation and Agreement Plan finalised
   including elements such as:
                                                                        December 2009   Finalise and begin implementation
      visits to communities
      attendance at cultural events, festivals and
      community activities
      educational and professional development
      opportunities
      presentations and workshops with Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander children and young
      People.

3. Develop a mechanism to engage Aboriginal and          Commissioner   December 2009   Mechanism established.
   Torres Strait Islander children and young people in   and Managers
   the continuing development, maintenance and
   monitoring of the Reconciliation Action Plan




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1. Relationships
The Commissioner for Children and Young People seeks to develop long-term capacity to address identified issues and to increase
the Office’s capacity to provide support.

Focus area:    Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will help us understand the
               issues affecting them.
Action                                                     Responsibility Timeline      Measurable Target
4. Develop and maintain a data base of contacts that       Manager        April 2009    Framework for database established.
   includes regular updates from staff and                 Communication
   stakeholders.

   All staff to have electronic access via the intranet.

5. Engagement by staff with Aboriginal and Torres          Commissioner    April 2009   Performance Management System modified.
   Strait Islander organisations and individuals to be     and Managers
   reviewed regularly through performance appraisal
   system.




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2. Respect
The Commissioner for Children and Young People respects the cultural heritage and relationships to land of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples and celebrates the special contribution of their children, young people and families.

Focus Area: Seeking advice from Aboriginal staff, community groups and Aboriginal children and young people when we
            develop policies and principles.
Action                                                   Responsibility Timeline        Measurable Target
1. Official launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan.    Commissioner   July 2009       Plan is launched and posted on the
                                                                                        Commissioner’s internal and public website and
                                                                                        on the Reconciliation Australia website.

2. Identify opportunities and develop a plan for         Commissioner    July 2010      Opportunities identified and plan developed.
   corporate sponsorship and support for events,         and Managers
   awards and services designed to promote the well-                     On -going      Number of events etc supported by business and
   being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander                                       industry.
   children and young people.

3. Establish protocols for acknowledging Aboriginal      Manager         June 2009      Protocols developed for Commissioner.
   and Torres Strait Islander values and culture at      Communication
   public events                                                                        All sponsored and delivered events will
                                                                                        acknowledge traditional owners.

                                                                                        Welcome to country by traditional owners at
                                                                                        major conferences and events.

4. Seek advice from Aboriginal staff and stakeholders    Manager         August 2009    Publication for use by government and other
   to develop protocols for the appropriate usage of     Communication                  agencies developed
   terms such as 'Aboriginal', and language groups’
   names such as 'Yamatji'.
5. In consultation with Aboriginal staff, develop a      Business        January 2010   Code of Practice published.
   Code of Practice (set of principles) as a guide for   Manager
   those who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait

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2. Respect
The Commissioner for Children and Young People respects the cultural heritage and relationships to land of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples and celebrates the special contribution of their children, young people and families.

Focus Area: Seeking advice from Aboriginal staff, community groups and Aboriginal children and young people when we
            develop policies and principles.
Action                                                     Responsibility Timeline          Measurable Target
   Islander children and young people.

6. Assess need and provide training in cultural            Business        July 2009        Training plan developed
   awareness and/or cultural competency to staff.          Manager
   Utilise peer learning.                                                  July 2010        All staff to have attended training sessions.
                                                                                            Then training provided on as needs basis.

   Induction pack for all new staff to include a copy of   Business        July 09          Induction pack includes a copy of the RAP
   the RAP.                                                Manager

7. Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander         Manager Legal   July 2010        Disclosure procedures agreed with Aboriginal and
   communities to develop processes of disclosure          Policy and                       Torres Strait Islander communities and published.
   designed to protect the identity and interests of       Research
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
   involved in complaints procedures.
8. Promote and maintain an office environment that is      Commissioner    On-going         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and
   welcoming and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres                                         artifacts displayed.
   Strait Islander peoples.

   The Commissioner celebrates Aboriginal cultural                         Annually on      The Commissioner celebrates and supports staff
   events e.g. NAIDOC week                                                 date of events   to attend events.

   Information on commitment to reconciliation                             Commencing       All publications reflect the Commissioner’s
   included in relevant Commissioner for Children and                      July 2009        commitment to reconciliation.
   Young People publications.



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2. Respect
The Commissioner for Children and Young People respects the cultural heritage and relationships to land of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples and celebrates the special contribution of their children, young people and families.

Focus Area: Seeking advice from Aboriginal staff, community groups and Aboriginal children and young people when we
            develop policies and principles.
Action                                                 Responsibility Timeline       Measurable Target
9. The CCYP newsletter to share Aboriginal and         Manager        Monthly        ATSI focused article in each addition of the CCYP
   Torres Strait Islander news and good news stories   Communication                 newsletter.
   in each edition.




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3. Opportunities
The Commissioner for Children and Young People understands that reconciliation requires both symbolic recognition and
substantive improvements in the life opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Focus Area: Identifying opportunities to improve services and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and
youth through advocacy and promoting their voice in processes
Action                                                 Responsibility Timeline      Measurable Target
1. Develop a strategy to promote the voices of young Commissioner      June 2009    Strategy development to commenced
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being and Managers
   heard in decision-making processes that impact on                  December 2009 Strategy implemented
   their lives.

2. Establish a consultative mechanism to incorporate        Commissioner   December 2009   Consultative mechanism is sponsored and
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise and      and Managers                   supported by key opinion leaders among
   experience in exploring opportunities and initiatives                                   Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander peoples.
   to improve the life opportunities of their children
   and young people.

3. Identify and showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait       Commissioner   December        Existing initiatives and innovations continue to be
   Islander led initiatives involving youth and children.   and Managers                   identified and acknowledged.

4. Develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander            Business       December 09     Strategy developed.
   recruitment and retention practices that accord          Manager
   with recognised good practice (refer to the 'Getting
   it Right' guide to Aboriginal employment).

   The Commissioner’s human resources policies and          Commissioner   Ongoing         HR staff are aware of the Commissioner’s policies
   practices support the capacity of staff to operate                                      and procedures.
   according to the principles of reconciliation.

   Two permanent positions identified as Section 50 D                      February 2009   Positions identified.
   positions, one of which is a senior management/


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3. Opportunities
The Commissioner for Children and Young People understands that reconciliation requires both symbolic recognition and
substantive improvements in the life opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Focus Area: Identifying opportunities to improve services and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and
youth through advocacy and promoting their voice in processes
Action                                                Responsibility Timeline      Measurable Target
   executive position with responsibility for issues                 June 2009     1 position filled. Ongoing advertising for
   relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander                               remaining position to continue until position filled.
   children and young people.
5. Develop protocols to assist agencies to advocate   Commissioner   December 2010 Protocols developed
   for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and Managers
   and young people in service planning and delivery.                December 2011 Protocols published and promoted to relevant
                                                                                   agencies




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4. Tracking progress and reporting
The Commissioner for Children and Young People will track and report progress, achievements, opportunities, challenges and
lessons learnt in the process of implementing the RAP to identify on-going action necessary to build and maintain respectful
relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Action                                                     Responsibility   Timeline        Measurable Target
Establish a framework for monitoring and evaluating        Business          December       Framework developed
action taken under the RAP.                                Manager (RAP     2009 and        Quarterly reports provided to Commissioner.
                                                           Relationship     annually        Progress report included in Annual Report.
                                                           Manager) to
                                                           coordinate
Issues and trends identified through the evaluation        Business         On-going        Outcomes of action on issues and trends reported
process are taken up and addressed by relevant             Manager to                       to Commissioner.
officers.                                                  coordinate

Annual survey of views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait     Business         December each   Findings to be included in reports as above and
Islander organisations on the Office’s performance         Manager to       year            relevant actions incorporated into the refreshed
against the objectives of the RAP                          coordinate                       RAP.
Annual progress report to Reconciliation Australia (RA).   Business         June 2010           RAP report provided to Reconciliation
RAP updated annually.                                      Manager to                           Australia.
                                                           coordinate.                          Refreshed RAP provided to Reconciliation
                                                                                                Australia for review and comment.
                                                                                                RAP is approved by RA and published on the
                                                                                                Commissioner’s internal and external websites
                                                                                                and on RA’s website.




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                    Contact details

Your feedback is welcome and you can seek further information by

                             Email

                     info@ccyp.wa.gov.au

                             Post

                   The Business Manager
          Commissioner for Children and Young People
                Ground Floor, 1 Alvan Street
                     SUBIACO WA 6008

                          Telephone

       (08) 6213 2297 or 1800 072 444 (country freecall)

                            Faxing

                        (08) 6213 2220

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