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Australian Institute of Criminology Reconciliation Action Plan

Our vision for Reconciliation

The Australian Institute of Criminology will focus on building relationships that will increase dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in relation to ensuring a just and secure society. In particular, the Institute seeks to undertake research that will inform and strengthen the evidence base that can be used to inform government policy to provide preventative, diversionary and criminal justice system responses that seek to reduce both the over representation of Indigenous Australians in the current Australian criminal justice systems and the rate of victimisation of Indigenous people.

Our business

The Institute is the national research and knowledge centre that promotes justice and safety. The Institute provides Australian governments with evidence based research that is used by Australia's policy makers to inform criminal justice strategies. The Institute contributes to the national research priority of Promoting good health and well being for all Australians in particular it contributes to the goal of Strengthening Australia's social and economic fabric by Understanding and strengthening key elements of Australia's social and economic fabric to help families and individuals live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. It also contributes to the recent Council of Australian Government objectives to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Tony Marks, Acting Director appointed a committee to develop the Institute's Reconciliation Action Plan. A committee was convened consisting of the Senior Research Advisor to the Director, Human Resources Advisor and representatives from the Research and Communications Teams. This committee consulted with their colleagues and drafted the Reconciliation Plan. Input was welcomed from Institute staff.

ItemActionResponsibilityTimelineMeasurable target
1. Relationships
Relationships are important to the Australian Institute of Criminology. The Institute actively implements its equal opportunity policy and values diversity. The AIC maintains effective communications strategies ensuring the evidence provided to criminal justice agencies and stakeholders can underpin policy and practice.
1.1Reconciliation Committee to meet to track progress and report on RAP strategy implementationCorporate servicesSix monthly meetingsTwo meetings take place annually
1.2Reconciliation Action Plan activities reported on every six months at staff meetingsCorporate servicesSix monthly reports in staff meeting papersTwo reports filed annually
1.3Inter-team working groups discuss Indigenous criminal justice and safety issues and highlight when research findings have implications for Indigenous policy when appropriateGeneral Manager ResearchSix monthlyTwo meetings focus on Indigenous criminal justice and safety matters
1.4Indigenous stakeholders informed through Indigenous media of AIC recruitment professional development opportunitiesCorporate servicesWhen requiredReport on number of events and jobs advertised in this way
1.5Indigenous staff provided information on APS schemes e.g. Indigenous networks and buddy schemesInformation providedWhen requiredReport on activity when appropriate
2. Respect
2.1Provide all staff Reconciliation Australia's Cultural Awareness Training (when available)Corporate ServicesWhen availableReport on action when completed
2.2Include Reconciliation Australia's cultural awareness training in the staff induction package (when available)Corporate ServicesWhen availableNumber of induction sessions annually
2.3Invite local Indigenous people to conduct a Welcome to Country Ceremony at AIC ConferencesInformation ServicesWhen appropriateNumber of events with a Welcome to Country Ceremony.
2.4Increase the profile of the AIC among Indigenous services and agencies when working in partnership conducting researchAIC Director and General Manager ResearchOngoingReport on AIC research activity in relation to Indigenous issues.
2.5Organise Staff and Occasional seminars to facilitate professional development opportunities to discuss and reflect on working in culturally appropriate waysAIC managersOngoingMonitor and report on seminars
2.6Acknowledge, promote and celebrate NAIDOC week and other Indigenous eventsInformation ServicesWhen appropriateMonitor and report on activities
2.7Provide and promote to policy makers Indigenous specific research. The AIC hosts the Indigenous justice clearinghouse and provides and promotes Indigenous justice library alertsInformation ServicesOngoingMonitor and report on activity
3. Opportunities
3.1Provide and advertise an Indigenous identified AIC internship, advertise in Indigenous media and networksExecutiveAnnuallyReport on annual advertising and recruitment.
3.2Ensure that Indigenous staff have the opportunity to contribute to research initiatives and policy developmentAIC DirectorWhen appropriateReport when appropriate
3.3Develop links with local universities that have Indigenous programs. Advertise intern and other AIC positions through these programsCorporate ServicesWhen appropriateReport on use of these networks
3.4Participate in specialised Indigenous employment programsCorporate ServicesWhen opportunities ariseReport on activity
3.5Monitor and report on use of Indigenous Networks and media for recruitment advertisingCorporate servicesWhen appropriateMonitor and report on activity
3.6Develop a statement to be placed on AIC recruitment advertisements that welcomes Indigenous people to apply for positionsCorporate servicesWhen appropriateReport on the development and use of this statement.
4. Tracking Progress and Reporting
4.1Report progress to Executive committeeReconciliation CommitteeSix monthlyEach report details activities
4.2Report progress in Annual ReportReconciliation CommitteeAnnuallyReport includes examples of actions
4.3Report to Reconciliation AustraliaDirectorAnnuallyReport activities
4.4Report to Attorney General's DepartmentDirectorAnnuallyReport activities
Last updated
29 August 2017