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Appendix 3 – Reconciliation Action Plan implementation progress (as at 30 June 2020)

Action

Deliverable

Timeline

Milestones achieved

Relationships

RAP Working Group (RWG) actively monitors RAP development and implementation of actions, tracking progress and reporting

RWG oversees the development, endorsement and launch of the RAP

February 2019

Completed.

RWG established and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are members.

All four meetings for the 2019 calendar year have now been held.

March and June meetings for 2020 were held on 31 March and 18 June. An additional meeting to review the RAP took place on 16 April.

Establish Terms of Reference for the RWG

February 2019

Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are represented on the RWG

February 2019, 2020

Meet quarterly (with minutes taken) to review and report on RAP implementation

March, June, September, December 2019, 2020 & 2021

Celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) by providing opportunities to build and maintain relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians

Organise and hold at least one event each year for ANMM employees to celebrate NRW

May 2019 & 2020

Completed for 2019 and 2020.

All staff were given the opportunity to participate in a cultural experience on board Tribal Warrior’s Mari Nawi.

The Remembering Mabo rooftop projection was featured during National Reconciliation Week.

In May 2020, due to COVID-19, the museum launched a Welcome to Country video on the website, in partnership with the Metropolitan Land Council.

Register all events via Reconciliation Australia’s NRW website

May 2019

May 2020

Support an external National Reconciliation Week event

May 2019

May 2020

Ensure our RWG participates in an external event to recognise and celebrate NRW

May 2019

May 2020

Develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between the ANMM and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to support and ensure positive outcomes

Develop and implement a plan to engage and work with the ANMM’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders

June 2019

Planning is off track but engagement still occurs as needed.

Principles and procedures are yet to be codified.

Meetings and engagement have occurred, particularly in the context of the Encounters 2020 project.

Preliminary work in identifying current contacts and priority organisations has occurred.

Hold meetings with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to develop guiding principles for future engagement

March 2019

Establish a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations that have direct links to maritime activities, histories and cultures

June 2020

Raise internal and external awareness of our RAP to promote reconciliation within the ANMM and to all its stakeholders and those working and engaging with the cultural sector generally

Launch the ANMM RAP onsite with all employees, volunteers and other stakeholders in attendance

February 2019

RAP launched on 6 March 2019.

Draft communications strategy commenced. In the interim, information shared through formal mechanisms (such as annual report) and informal mechanisms (team and whole staff meetings).

Implementation ideas for use as appropriate:

· Divisional meetings

· KPIs (referring back to operational plan)

· Next volunteers’ forum

· Volunteers’ briefings

Promotion of RAP and achievements to museum partners.

Develop, implement and review a strategy for the communication and promotion of the ANMM’s RAP and progress made on its implementation to all internal and external stakeholders

February 2019, 2020

Ensure the RAP is effectively promoted by the ongoing and regular engagement by the ANMM and the RWG with internal and external stakeholders in relevant elements of the plan

March, June, September, December, 2019, 2020, 2021

Promote reconciliation through ongoing active engagement with all stakeholders

December 2019

Establish an Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander advisory committee for the museum

Develop terms of reference for the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander advisory committee, the terms and conditions of appointment, and indicative meeting schedule for approval by the ANMM Council

June 2019

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee has been established and met for the first time at the June Council Meeting. It will meet again prior to the November Council meeting.

Appointments to the committee are ongoing.

Appoint the members of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander advisory committee

July 2019

Convene the first meeting of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander advisory committee

August 2019

Convene meetings of the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander advisory committee

August 2020

Respect

Engage employees in continuous cultural learning opportunities to increase understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements

Develop and implement a cultural awareness training strategy which defines and addresses the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural learning needs of ANMM employees, volunteers and contractors, working in all areas, and provides various options for learning (for example, online, face-to-face workshops and cultural immersion)

June 2019 and ongoing

Strategy yet to be formalised. However, staff have participated in cultural awareness training (face-to-face and online), as well as procurement training (including Indigenous procurement). Volunteers have had access to online training. Further training will be provided related to Encounters 2020.

The museum will leverage the Encounters 2020 exhibitions for cultural awareness training.

Councillors participated in cultural training focused around truth telling. The museum has leveraged connections with local groups such as Tribal Warrior.

RWG members participated in an Australian Dream screening and discussion on 12 December 2019.

Terri Janke and Company, an Aboriginal legal firm, delivered specific training open to all staff on the Australian Museums Art Galleries Association Indigenous Roadmap.

Investigate and develop opportunities to work with local traditional owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants to develop and deliver cultural awareness training and immersion

September 2019

31 December 2019

Provide opportunities for RWG members and other key managers to participate in advanced cultural awareness training, experiences and immersion

December 2019

Engage employees in understanding the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols such as Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country to ensure there is a shared meaning

Develop, implement and communicate a cultural protocol document for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country

February 2019

Acknowledgement of Country incorporated into the Bamal Badu worldscape.

Completed.

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Completed.

Prepare a list of key contacts for organising and delivering a Welcome to Country and maintaining respectful partnerships

February 2019 & 2020

Invite a traditional owner to provide a Welcome to Country at all significant ANMM events, including exhibition and program openings

February 2019 and ongoing

Include an Acknowledgement of Country at the commencement of important meetings involving internal and external stakeholders

June 2019 and ongoing

Encourage staff to include an Acknowledgement of Country at the commencement of all meetings

June 2019

Organise and display an Acknowledgment of Country (sign or plaque) at the entrance or in the foyer of the ANMM’s main building

June 2019

Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to engage with their cultures and communities by celebrating NAIDOC Week

Review and update People and Culture policies and procedures to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are provided with opportunities and are actively encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week

May 2019

May 2020

Review yet to commence but current practice is to encourage participation in NAIDOC Week initiatives.

Paid day approved by organisation for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members who attended NAIDOC day community events

Drafted for inclusion in leave policy. Potential EBA inclusion.

Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to participate in, and with, their cultures and communities during NAIDOC Week

July 2019

July 2020

Use the National Maritime Collection and museum programs to build awareness of and respect for the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories

Continue to develop collections, exhibitions, blogs and oral histories to:

- celebrate the maritime culture and heritages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

- promote the use of National Maritime Collection material by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to support cultural maintenance

- mark Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance on an annual basis

- present positive, diverse images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on our website and in publications.

February 2019 and ongoing

Bamal Badu, a work by Brett Leavy, was launched during NAIDOC Week.

Aboriginal perspectives of Sydney Harbour talks and cruises offered to guests.

Kanalaritja: An unbroken string, a touring exhibition from TMAG, was exhibited in 2019.

Mariw Minaral, a retrospective of works by Alick Tipoti, is in planning, with significant artist consultation.

Defying Empire, a touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, will open to the Museum in the first half of FY2020–21.

Ongoing changes to TMS (registration) entries are occurring.

A number of community groups from the locations of the Endeavour voyage ports were engaged with.

Due to COVID-19, the delivery of onsite exhibitions is currently in abeyance.

Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations to continue to develop and care for the National Maritime Collection, including enhancing information about language in our collection records.

February 2019 and ongoing

Work closely with community to ensure our approach to Encounters 2020 is respectful, balanced and committed to truth telling.

February 2019, 2020, 2021

Deliver at least two exhibitions on site, as part of Encounters 2020, which give voice to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the themes of the program.

November 2020

Opportunities

Investigate opportunities to improve and increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment opportunities at the ANMM.

Annually review (and revise as necessary) People and Culture recruitment policies and procedures to ensure there are no barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in our workplace

May 2019

June 2020

May 2020

As People and Culture policies are reviewed, this element is being considered.

Informal consultation with staff regarding retention and ways to develop staff.

Under way and ongoing.

Develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and retention strategy

June 2019

May 2020

Consult with Existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff on employment strategies and on development opportunities.

May 2019

May 2020

Advertise vacancies that are required to be advertised, across all classifications, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media

June 2019

Collect, with consent, information on our current and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to inform recruitment for future employment opportunities

May 2019

Investigate, develop and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to supply goods and services to the ANMM

Annually review (and update as necessary) procurement policies and procedures to ensure there are no barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses supplying goods and services to ANMM

June 2019

June 2020

Supply Nation membership has been reviewed and renewed for 2019–20 FY.

Best endeavours to comply with the Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy have been imbedded in the museum's procurement policy.

September 2019 report circulated in November 2019.

Completed.

Exceeded target already this year. Two companies contracted to supply uniforms. Several new firms contracted for Store.

Renewed until February 2020.

Under way and ongoing.

Provide a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that have supplied goods and services to the ANMM in the last financial year to all staff involved in procurement

March & September 2019

Using the Supply Nation database, provide a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and the goods and services they provide to all ANMM staff involved in procurement

March & September 2019

Develop at least one additional commercial relationship with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-owned business each year

March & September 2019

Review Supply Nation membership

February 2019 & 2020

Use best endeavours to comply with the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy

February 2019

Undertake community visits and outreach to schools to promote the ANMM and its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs, and to encourage and inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking training and employment in the cultural sector

Develop and implement a program of school and community visits for ANMM staff to promote the ANMM and potential careers in the cultural sector to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

June 2019

Currently occurs informally – we are encouraging consideration of employment in the cultural sector at the conclusion of tours for Indigenous students and interns.

Formalisation of this program is on hold due to restrictions for visiting schools and communities during COVID-19.

People and Culture is reviewing the internship framework at the museum, and will consider this as an element.

Develop a short-term internship program, of one to two months duration, and offer places to up to four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to encourage training, qualifications and careers in the cultural sector

June 2019

June 2020

Assess the cultural, social and economic impact of the museum’s investment in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maritime heritage

Engage an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business with relevant expertise to advise the museum on the cultural, social and economic impact of the museum’s investment in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maritime heritages.

June 2020

Not commenced.

Governance, tracking, progress and reporting

Report RAP achievements, challenges and learnings to Reconciliation Australia

Collate information/data on RAP achievements, challenges and learnings for consideration by the RWG

July 2019

July 2020

Discussions have commenced by RWG to look at challenges, achievements and learnings, and this will be completed in Q4.

Not commenced. Reconciliation Australia advised that reporting was not required in July 2019 as the RAP had not been in place for a year.

Complete and submit the RAP Impact Questionnaire to the ANMM executive group for approval

August 2019

August 2020

Submit the approved and completed ANMM RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire to Reconciliation Australia.

September 2019

September 2020

Investigate participating in the RAP Barometer

May 2020

Report RAP achievements, challenges and learnings internally and externally

Quarterly reports prepared for the executive group, Council and other stakeholders on the progress on the implementation of the RAP

March, June, September, December, 2019, 2020

RAP achievements and progress reported to Council.

Share ANMM RAP achievements, challenges and learnings at regular all-staff meetings, in the annual report, on the website and in Signals.

July 2019

July 2020

Review the RAP and develop new RAP

Liaise with Reconciliation Australia to develop a new RAP based on learnings, challenges and achievements

April 2020

On track.

Send draft RAP to Reconciliation Australia for review and feedback

May 2020

Submit draft RAP to Reconciliation Australia for formal endorsement.

January 2021