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'Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group' - Membership and Terms of Reference

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Section 1 - Establishment

(1) The Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group was established in 2017 in accordance with recommended procedures of Reconciliation Australia and reports through the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Team to the Vice-Chancellor. 


(2) The Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group will:

  1. oversee the development and implementation of the reconciliation action plan (RAP);
  2. liaise with Reconciliation Australia on form and progress;
  3. review progress and implementation and recommend if amendments are required; and
  4. ensure ongoing currency of the RAP.
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Section 2 - Glossary

(3) For the purpose of this document:

  1. Steering Group - means Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group.
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Section 3 - Membership

(4) The membership of Charles Sturt University’s Reconciliation Action Plan Steering Group shall comprise:

  1. Co-Chair – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement);
  2. Co-Chair – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement);
  3. Member – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) or nominee;
  4. Member – Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee;
  5. Member – at least one student representative;
  6. Member – at least one academic staff representative;
  7. Member – at least one professional/general staff representative;
  8. Member – Manager, Equity and Diversity, Division of Human Resources; and
  9. Member – RAP Project Coordinator.

(5) Persons holding the following positions shall have the right of audience and debate at meetings:

  1. Strategic Adviser, Regional Development.

(6) The Steering Group may invite others to attend its meetings to achieve wider community engagement including Indigenous, non-Indigenous, staff, students and external community.

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Section 4 - Functions and responsibilities

(7) The Steering Group will:

  1. develop a reconciliation action plan (RAP) within the context of the University’s core business and in-line with:
    1. over-arching strategic, corporate and business plans;
    2. any existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment strategy;
    3. any existing supplier diversity strategy; and
    4. any existing equity and diversity policies;
  2. establish a collaborative/consultative process for engaging staff across the organisation so that they can provide:
    1. ideas for the RAP; and
    2. comment on drafts;
  3. develop a project plan and timeline to development, launch and begin implementing the RAP, including consultation with Reconciliation Australia at regular intervals;
  4. develop and implement a process to ensure on-going evaluation of the implementation of the RAP throughout the life of the RAP;
  5. regularly liaise with relevant business units and key stakeholders to review progress of RAP actions and:
    1. report RAP progress to Reconciliation Australia annually; 
    2. report RAP progress internally as per organisational requirements; 
    3. report RAP progress to relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders; and
    4. reflect on key learnings in the development of new RAPs;
  6. consider RAP implementation issues and consult with relevant business units to find solutions;
  7. liaise with internal or external designers to finalise the RAP document, and register it on Reconciliation Australia’s website; and
  8. develop a new RAP when the current plan expires.
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Section 5 - Meetings


(8) A quorum shall comprise of half the membership plus one.


(9) Meetings will be held at least three times a year, and more frequently during the preparation of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).