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OUR RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN VISION (RAP)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) vision for reconciliation is one where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the same employment and development opportunities as other Australians, and have the ability to utilise statistics to make informed decisions about their families and communities.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues. The ABS also plays an important leadership and coordination role in relation to the statistical activities of other official bodies, both within Australia and internationally.
OUR APPROACH TO RECONCILIATION
The ABS is committed to reconciliation. In line with the ABS mission, the ABS assists and encourages informed decision making, research and discussion among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their communities and organisations, and within governments and the wider community. It does this by leading and coordinating statistical activity involving and relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
* As at the 30th June 2012 the ABS employed 2,937 ongoing office based staff, 448 non-ongoing office based staff and 716 field based interviewers, across Australia. The ongoing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation rate at the 30th June 2012 was 0.7%.
OUR RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN (RAP)
This RAP was developed to build on the achievements of the ABS RAP 2008-2011. It shows the ABS’ continuing commitment to reconciliation by focusing on the following key areas: building local connections; building cultural competency; and increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and statistical literacy.
In addition to the actions identified in this RAP, current and future forward work program activities that contribute to achieving the ABS RAP 2013-2016 outcomes are listed in Appendix 1. Tracking and reporting on the progress of these activities will be conducted as part of the ABS RAP 2013-2016 internal and external reporting.
The actions and forward work program activities in this RAP will be reviewed annually in consultation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, key accountability areas and Consultative Forums. The RAP will be modified where necessary to ensure actions and targets remain relevant over the life of the Plan. Progress and achievements will be monitored and reported each year to Reconciliation Australia, ABS' Senior Management and in the ABS' Annual Report.
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