Here are some frequently asked questions on our RAP Development service. 

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is the formalisation of your reconciliation journey as an organisation. It provides a framework around building the capacity of your organisation to respect, build effective relationships and create opportunities with First Nations peoples, communities and other organisations. A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a journey and working partnership with Reconciliation Australia, endorsement and accreditation is provided and maintained by Reconciliation Australia who is the governing body administering the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) movement.

How many stages of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) are there?

Within the RAP framework there are four RAP types or stages. The 4 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) stages are; Reflect RAP, Innovate RAP, Stretch RAP and Elevate RAP. This ongoing process allows organisations to continuously develop and expand on their reconciliation commitments. Each Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) type or stage is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation journey.

Is there a specific process or framework you need to adhere to as an organisation when developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

Yes, Reconciliation Australia has a RAP framework which is to be used a guide when developing each document for the various Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) stages. This provides a structured approach when looking to advance reconciliation within your organisation.

Are Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) only for large corporations or organisations?

No, a business of any size can embark on a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) if it has the capacity to fulfil the outcomes / deliverables within the relevant Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) framework.

Does YarnnUp assist with writing the copy for a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) or is it just advisory and consulting support?

Yes, YarnnUp will write the copy for the entire Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at any stage of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey, whether your organisation is at the Reflect, Innovate, Stretch or Elevate phase. All content will go through a review process and final approval with your organisation before we submit to Reconciliation Australia.

Are organisations able to customise the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) deliverables to suit their organisation needs or industry or is it pre-set outputs provided by Reconciliation Australia?

You need to stay within the parameters set by Reconciliation Australia but you are able to customise initiatives and deliverables to suit your organisation and industry. Reconciliation Australia will provide actions which they recommend and within those actions you can customise specific outputs.

Does YarnnUp assist with determining what deliverables an organisation commits to and what is achievable?

Yes, part of our all-inclusive partnership service includes YarnnUp understanding the dynamics of your business, what is achievable and determining what is suitable for your organisation depending on what stage of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey you are at.

How long does it take to get a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) approved and endorsed?

It depends on what stage of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) your organisation is embarking on. A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) can take an organisation anywhere for 6-18 months to get formal endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. YarnnUp has a proven methodology and framework that sees us turnaround Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s)  in 12-weeks from inception to formal endorsement without cutting corners.

Does YarnnUp guarantee endorsement and accreditation by Reconciliation Australia?

Yes, we guarantee endorsement and accreditation by Reconciliation Australia.

What is YarnnUp’s track record with Reconciliation Australia?

We are the only organisation to have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed and accredited on the first attempt in Reconciliation Australia’s 21-year history. Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) generally go through multiple rounds of feedback before endorsement. We are proud to say that in 95% of cases we only require one round of feedback from Reconciliation Australia.

What is YarnnUp’s key to success with Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) development and endorsement?

We have perfected a methodology that ensures we get Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) endorsed in the quickest time possible without cutting corners. We set realistic expectations and then manage internal communications with stakeholders to ensure discussions are outcome driven. We are efficient and effective in understanding our clients, their business systems and culture which allows us to embed Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) as part of the strategic direction of the business. We get people invested into the process through our education component and then have a team of Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) analysts that identify opportunities for businesses whether through employment, procurement or community engagement. We then proceed to partner with organisations to ensure ongoing compliance and accountability.

Does YarnnUp assist with engaging a First Nations artist to commission a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) artwork representative of the organisation?

Yes, we have relationships with First Nations artists across Australia who are part of our preferred supplier list. We have both digital artists as well as canvas artists depending on what you are looking for.

What happens if we don’t complete all the deliverables set out in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) by the set timeframe?

You can request an extension from Reconciliation Australia if you feel that you just need some more time to complete a certain number of deliverables before you progress to the next stage. If you feel you haven’t had much progress executing the RAP, you are able to repeat that specific stage to go through the process again.

Are we obliged to graduate to the next stage of the RAP framework once we have embarked on the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey?

No, if you have completed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) phase and do not wish to continue to the next stage, there is no obligation or compulsory commitment which locks you in, you are free to put a stop to the process.

Does Reconciliation Australia consult and provide guidance on the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) process?

Reconciliation Australia provides organisations with a set of documents that help guide organisations initially, they also answer some questions relating to your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journey but do not provide tailored or specific consulting or advisory services to organisations.

What happens after YarnnUp helps an organisation get a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed and accredited?

YarnnUp unique value comes from its long-term partnership with clients. Once you have been formally endorsed and accredited by Reconciliation Australia, YarnnUp spearheads the implementation and governance of your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) working alongside your internal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to set up governance structures, reporting systems and ongoing cultural education. We are there throughput the entire process to ensure that you remain endorsed and accredited while achieving positive outcomes through the implementation of deliverables within your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

What if our organisation already has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and we just want support with the implementation?

If you already have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) YarnnUp can provide consulting and advisory support whether through an ongoing agreement or ad-hoc support with your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) implementation and objectives.

What if our organisation just wants assistance getting a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed and accredited without ongoing support?

If you just require immediate support to gain accreditation and endorsement we can assist with providing this service offering. Although, we will strongly advise that you have guidance throughout the implementation journey particularly if you don’t have First Nations representation within your organisation.

Does YarnnUp assist with the cultural awareness training and education commitments within a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

Yes, YarnnUp is also a training provider and we deliver cultural awareness and capability training with our unique approach which blends Aboriginal philosophy with western academia including neuroscience, cultural and emotional intelligence. We also provide Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) specific training for internal stakeholders across the business that have a vested interest in the process. We offer Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group training and mentoring to ensure members have the capacity to implement the deliverables within the document effectively.

Does YarnnUp assist with responding to Reconciliation Australia with our outcomes and feedback when it’s time to submit the annual questionnaire?

Yes, we offer this service as part of our all-inclusive offering, we will assist your organisation to evaluate your outcomes and report this back to Reconciliation Australia. We will also undertake a cultural audit pre-and-post Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsement and accreditation.

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