Our Reconciliation Action Plan
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Elders past and present, the ancestors and their spirits of the land
on which we live, work and learn.
As one of Australia’s leading ecotourism organisations, Phillip Island Nature Parks is committed to the conservation of the natural environment and the cultural history of Phillip Island.
We feel privileged to be entrusted with land management responsibilities across Phillip Island, and we recognise that many areas hold deep cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal people.
Our commitment to reconciliation is demonstrated by the development of our ‘Reconciliation Action Plan’ (RAP) in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia.
Our first ‘RAP 2012-14’ was developed in response to a strong desire across the organisation to connect, learn and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Key achievements of our first RAP 2012-14 include:
- Supporting the annual Shearwater Festival.
- Appointment of an Indigenous trainee, now a full time employee.
- Achieving ‘Respect Our Culture’ Certification through Ecotourism Australia.
- Running National Reconciliation Week celebrations.
- Introducing an ‘Aboriginal Heritage Tour’ with portions of ticket sales going back to the local Aboriginal community.
- Raising the profile of local Aboriginal culture through interpretive signage.
- Increasing Aboriginal retail product lines and services that benefit Aboriginal communities.
Our second ‘RAP 2015-18’ was launched in November 2015. This RAP will be championed by our dedicated RAP Working Group and includes 32 actions with measurable targets under the key areas of ‘Relationships’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Opportunities’.
"Our RAP 2012-14 enriched us as an organisation and we are excited about the future possibilities our new RAP 2015-18 will bring." Jeff Floyd, Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Chair.
We look forward to implementing our RAP 2015-18. Stay tuned for updates on this page…
Our vision for reconciliation
“Phillip Island Nature Parks is recognised as a world-leader in reconciliation.
Through authentic content, strong relationships and opportunities, we all proudly and respectfully acknowledge, support and celebrate the Aboriginal culture of Phillip Island Nature Parks."
Download our latest RAP update here
RECONCILIATION EVENTS 2018
We are committed to proudly celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at events to acknowledge National Sorry Day and celebrate National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC with our Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members and staff.
We are currently planning events for 2018 so please mark the dates in your diary now and check back for updates!
National Sorry Day/ National Day of Healing - Saturday 26 May 2018
National Reconciliation Week - 27 May – 3 June 2018. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.
NAIDOC Week - 8 July - 15 July 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme for 2018 is ‘Because of her, we can’ and celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.