ESSA Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2020


The Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group would like to you to provide feedback on ESSA’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2020. 

Underpinning the current Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) 2017-2020 strategic plan are the principles of sustainability and responsibility. Through these principles, ESSA is embarking on a reconciliation journey with Australia’s first peoples by establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). RAPs provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. There are four RAP frameworks provided by Reconciliation Australia: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate. 

In consultation with Reconciliation Australia, ESSA is developing a Reflect RAP. This is fororganisations just starting out on their reconciliation journey and who need to build the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities. ESSA’s Reflect RAP will give us the time and opportunity as an organisation to raise awareness and support for the RAP among ESSA stakeholders, including staff, Board, committees, members, other organisations, government and the general public.   It will also assist ESSA to develop a solid RAP governance model and build the business case for future commitments to cultural learning, and practicing cultural protocols that consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, with long term vision for progressing to RAP Innovate, Stretch and Elevate frameworks. 

Through its RAP plan, ESSA aims to engage in meaningful dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and address some of the inequities that exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians. 


Constraints and governance:

Reconciliation Australia is the approving body of RAPs nationally and will provide overall approval of ESSA’s RAP against national reconciliation objectives of the Australian government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Board has overall decision making power for the ESSA Strategic Plan objectives including the RAP. As RAP Champion, the CEO of ESSA, Ms Anita Hobson-Powell will facilitate reporting on development and implementation of the RAP to the Board, and provide financial approval for the RAP project budget.

The actions outlined in the Reflect template are the minimum elements and must be included in our RAP for it to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

Reconciliation Australia’s guidance on the RAP working group is that it should be made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
A Reflect RAP has a 12-month duration, which commences when the RAP is formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. 

Download the document here.

Have your say - How can I make a submission?

The RAP Working Group is happy to receive feedback via annotations on the RAP document and/or written correspondence. Feedback should be submitted via email to