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National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a high priority for the Department of Education and it’s important we put our good intentions into practice to learn, share and grow as a society.

National Reconciliation Week is a significant time for all Australians, for every student in our schools, their communities, and all our staff in the department.

The week starts and finishes by commemorating the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum (27 May) and the historic Mabo decision (3 June). This year’s theme ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery – Learn. Share. Grow’ is an open invitation for every Australian to learn more about our nation’s first peoples who have walked and cared for this land for thousands and thousands of years.

This year the Department of Education will create a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and all staff are invited to be involved in the process, provide feedback and advice.

A RAP will commit us to practical actions that will drive the department’s contribution to reconciliation, both within the department and in the communities we are part of. It will also be a strategic document that will support the department’s Strategic Plan.

The RAP framework will ensure our department contributes to reconciliation by:

  • Building and encouraging relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, organisations, and the broader Australian community
  • Fostering and embedding respect for the world’s longest surviving cultures and communities
  • Developing opportunities within the Department of Education to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • Building a more culturally inclusive workplace for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues within the department.

We will launch our Reconciliation Action Plan (staff only) development process on 6 June at our new headquarters in Parramatta.

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Secretary Mark Scott

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Mark Scott is Secretary of the Department of Education. He has worked as a teacher, in public administration and as a journalist and media executive. He is committed to public education and learning environments where every child can flourish.

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