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Interested in what you can do to support reconciliation? Here you'll find resources, links and news on how you can contribute to overcoming the causes of division and inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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ACTCOSS resources and services to assist with reconciliation include:

Reconciliation Peer Network

The Reconciliation Peer Network (RecNet) is an informal group designed to bring together ACT community organisations who are interested in reconciliation, including the process of developing and implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Find out more: RecNet

National Reconciliation Week: 27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Find out more: National Reconciliation Week website

Reconciliation Action Plans

Reconciliation Australia assists Australian organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation through meaningful, yet practical, plans to develop relationships, show respect and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program, organisations develop business plans that document what they will do within their sphere of influence to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. These RAPs outline practical actions the organisation will take to build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. A RAP also sets out the organisation’s aspirational plans to drive greater equality by pursuing sustainable opportunities.

Find out how your organisation can participate: Reconciliation Australia's RAP Program

Check out the ACTCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18.

Protocols for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

These protocols (PDF), developed by the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB), have been designed to guide public, private, and not-for-profit agencies and organisations to effectively engage, communicate, and work with the ACT Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.  

Download the document: Protocols for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (PDF)


RECOGNISE is the people's movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there’s no place in it for racial discrimination.

The campaign's goal is a more united nation. This is a chance for Australia to acknowledge the first chapter of our national story, and to forge our future together.

The Australian Constitution is one of the hardest in the world to change, so we need to keep building crucial momentum and awareness. People are saying this is the right thing to do, the decent thing to do, and we should fix it.

If we all play a part, every one of us can help to bring about this next step forward in the life of our nation.

Find out how you can help: RECOGNISE website