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Edition Number 399. Updated Tuesday, 04 March 2014

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AIATSIS leads way to Reconciliation

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has become the first public sector organisation to achieve the prestigious "Elevate" status for its Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Institute's Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan for 2014-2016 is aimed at delivering practical and lasting positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, according to Chairperson of AIATSIS, Mick Dodson.

"This year we proudly celebrate our 50th Anniversary,'' Professor Dodson said.

"Today the institute is a leader in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, preservation of our cultures and languages and a custodian of a significant collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander films, photos and stories that tell part of our national history."

He challenged all Agencies to broaden their understanding of reconciliation.

Action Plan launched

"Our Reconciliation Action Plan is an integral component of the Institute's approach to building cultural proficiency among our staff and sets the benchmark for other organisations in building strong relationships and respect,'' Professor Dodson said.

"RAPs are an initiative to lead and drive cultural change and must be not only aspirational but pragmatic for organisations to bring about greater equality through pursuing new and creative opportunities with Indigenous Australians.

"And I am proud, that our small Agency, in its 50th year, has achieved a great milestone, the first Australian Government organisation to receive the rare 'Elevate' status for its Reconciliation Action Plan."

The Plan was officially launched by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan on 26 February 2014, and was attended by Australian Public Service Commissioner, Stephen Sedgwick and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, Melinda Cilento.

View the full AIATSIS Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan for 2014-2016 at this PS News link.

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