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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.

Item Action Responsibility Timeline Measurable 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.
1.1 Reconciliation Committee to meet to track progress and report on RAP strategy implementation Corporate services Six monthly meetings Two meetings take place annually
1.2 Reconciliation Action Plan activities reported on every six months at staff meetings Corporate services Six monthly reports in staff meeting papers Two reports filed annually
1.3 Inter-team working groups discuss Indigenous criminal justice and safety issues and highlight when research findings have implications for Indigenous policy when appropriate General Manager Research Six monthly Two meetings focus on Indigenous criminal justice and safety matters
1.4 Indigenous stakeholders informed through Indigenous media of AIC recruitment professional development opportunities Corporate services When required Report on number of events and jobs advertised in this way
1.5 Indigenous staff provided information on APS schemes e.g. Indigenous networks and buddy schemes Information provided When required Report on activity when appropriate
2. Respect
2.1 Provide all staff Reconciliation Australia's Cultural Awareness Training (when available) Corporate Services When available Report on action when completed
2.2 Include Reconciliation Australia's cultural awareness training in the staff induction package (when available) Corporate Services When available Number of induction sessions annually
2.3 Invite local Indigenous people to conduct a Welcome to Country Ceremony at AIC Conferences Information Services When appropriate Number of events with a Welcome to Country Ceremony.
2.4 Increase the profile of the AIC among Indigenous services and agencies when working in partnership conducting research AIC Director and General Manager Research Ongoing Report on AIC research activity in relation to Indigenous issues.
2.5 Organise Staff and Occasional seminars to facilitate professional development opportunities to discuss and reflect on working in culturally appropriate ways AIC managers Ongoing Monitor and report on seminars
2.6 Acknowledge, promote and celebrate NAIDOC week and other Indigenous events Information Services When appropriate Monitor and report on activities
2.7 Provide and promote to policy makers Indigenous specific research. The AIC hosts the Indigenous justice clearinghouse and provides and promotes Indigenous justice library alerts Information Services Ongoing Monitor and report on activity
3. Opportunities
3.1 Provide and advertise an Indigenous identified AIC internship, advertise in Indigenous media and networks Executive Annually Report on annual advertising and recruitment.
3.2 Ensure that Indigenous staff have the opportunity to contribute to research initiatives and policy development AIC Director When appropriate Report when appropriate
3.3 Develop links with local universities that have Indigenous programs. Advertise intern and other AIC positions through these programs Corporate Services When appropriate Report on use of these networks
3.4 Participate in specialised Indigenous employment programs Corporate Services When opportunities arise Report on activity
3.5 Monitor and report on use of Indigenous Networks and media for recruitment advertising Corporate services When appropriate Monitor and report on activity
3.6 Develop a statement to be placed on AIC recruitment advertisements that welcomes Indigenous people to apply for positions Corporate services When appropriate Report on the development and use of this statement.
4. Tracking Progress and Reporting
4.1 Report progress to Executive committee Reconciliation Committee Six monthly Each report details activities
4.2 Report progress in Annual Report Reconciliation Committee Annually Report includes examples of actions
4.3 Report to Reconciliation Australia Director Annually Report activities
4.4 Report to Attorney General's Department Director Annually Report activities