Reconciliation Action Plan


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Elders past and present of all the lands on which The Australian National University operates.

Reconciliation Action Plan 2023-2024 Consultation

The Australian National University (ANU) is in the process of developing its next Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with Reconciliation Australia and is seeking input from all staff and students.

We seek to embed reconciliation into our core business practices and decision making at all levels. The RAP is our mechanism for planning and monitoring our progress on this. We are guided by Reconciliation Australia's principles and work closely with this organisation to guide our actions. The draft 2023-2024 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan builds on our previous RAP. The draft can be found here.

The Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group are now inviting all staff and students to review the draft and to provide feedback on the plan. This feedback form provides staff and students with the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback on the draft plan.

Alternatively, please send your responses to these responses will be confidential.

Feedback will be accepted between 28 October and 18 November. The draft is expected to be finalised and submitted to Reconciliation Australia for review by the end of 2022.

If you have any questions or require any information in an alternative format, including digital or hard copy formats of the RAP or feedback mechanisms, please contact Equity and Belonging at

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The past two centuries of dispossession and racism have profoundly impacted all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life, including access to institutions like ANU. This is the legacy that ANU recognises, acknowledges and accepts. Current generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bear their histories into institutions like ANU, which benefit enormously from the opportunity to learn from them.

This Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is testament to the University's conviction that it must contribute to righting the wrongs of the past. It recognises that the future has to be founded on relationships of mutual respect and meaningful partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians - a future where cultures, connection to Country, and world views are treated with respect. ANU takes up its obligation to acknowledge, understand and contribute to rectifying deep historical wrongs very seriously and very willingly.

The University's vision for reconciliation is to be a place that facilitates learning that respects cultures and diversity: a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people come together to engage with their chosen discipline, contextualised by an understanding of our shared history. ANU will make an important contribution to reconciliation by furthering learning, research, services and public knowledge in relation to Indigenous issues.

ANU will make a significant contribution to improving higher education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and enable them to realise their potential and aspirations. Our partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will provide the University with the opportunity to listen and learn about their past, their current circumstances and their vision for the future. ANU is where their cultures are both respected and celebrated.