Project objective

Bayside City Council is entering into second level Reconciliation Action Plan Innovate after successfully completing a Reconciliation Action Plan Reflect in 2019.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a document that organisations develop to outline the actions and initiatives that they will take to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

The RAP framework is prearranged by Reconciliation Australia and considers 5 dimensions of reconciliation:

  • race relations
  • equality and equity
  • institutional integrity
  • unity
  • historical acceptance and

Three pillars:

  • Respect
  • Relationships
  • Partnerships

The Innovate RAP is an opportunity for Bayside to demonstrate its commitment to meaningful engagement with Aboriginal communities and will continue to foster and build respect for Aboriginal heritage, cultures and knowledge.

Council Plan

The project will deliver on the goals and strategic objectives in Bayside’s Council Plan 2021 – 2025:

Goal 1: Our Planet

1.2 We want a Bayside where infrastructure is innovative, environmentally sustainable, and reflects the local character of the area

Goal 2: Our People

2.1 Nurture healthy people and resilient communities ensuring services and programs are adaptable to meet diverse and changing need

2.2 Engage with our diverse communities to improve access and inclusion in Bayside

Goal 3: Our Place

3.3 Land use will enhance Bayside’s liveability and protect the distinctive heritage and character of our various localities

Community Vision 2050

The project also aligns with the themes and key priorities in the Bayside Community Vision 2050:

Theme 5: Nurturing Creativity

5.1 Bayside will nurture a connected community by promoting creativity in the arts in all its forms.

5.2 Making use of public areas and infrastructure to encourage all people to be involved.

Theme 6: Promoting Innovation

6.1 Innovative methods, ideas and products to drive Council’s future planning.

Theme 7: Council Operations and Accountability

7.3 Where actions are the responsibility of other stakeholders or are beyond Council’s remit, to advocate strongly on behalf of our community to achieve the community’s desired outcomes.

Theme 8: Access and Inclusion

8.4 We want a Bayside where effective partnerships are developed to deliver improved liveability for the community

Project impacts

The community engagement process is the first phase of a longer term undertaking for Council to commit to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to work together with the Bayside community to create a better future for all.

Members of the community are invited to submit their ideas on what Council can do to build and strengthen relationships, show respect and improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Bayside.

Council is working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, Traditional Owners and the wider community to develop the Innovate RAP.

The consultation is an opportunity for the community to share their ideas on how we can acknowledge and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and protocols.

Through the Innovate RAP, Council aims to plan and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to create a culturally safe and thriving community.

Council will also focus on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2021 marks the twentieth years since our Nation declared our commitment to Reconciliation with our First Nations people and we’ve come a long way since then.

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 is: More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

What information do we need from the community?

We want to hear community ideas for how we can better protect and promote Indigenous cultural heritage, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Bayside.

What can the community influence?

  • What the focus of the RAP Innovate plan is under the five pillars and three themes
  • What the deliverables are that Council commits to in the innovative RAP

What can't the community influence?

  • Reconciliation template – set by Reconciliation Australia
  • Responsibilities of the recognised Aboriginal party
  • Five pillars and three themes of the Innovate RAP - set by Reconciliation Australia

Stakeholders and community

This stakeholder assessment is a generalised understanding of sections of the community that have a connection to the project or matter. This information is used to understand the types of tools and techniques that will achieve the strongest and most effective outcomes for engagement and communication.

Impact: What level of change will the stakeholder / community segment experience as a result of the project/matter

Interest: What level of interest has been expressed or is anticipated

Influence: Reference to the IAP2 Spectrum.





Bunurong Land CouncilHHInvolve
Boon Wurrung Foundation


Boon Wurrung Land and Sea Council

RAP Aboriginal Advisory Committee



Local Aboriginal Network




Derrimut Weelam Aboriginal Gathering Place
Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Gathering PlaceMMConsult
Aboriginal residents living in Bayside HHConsult
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)MMConsult
First Peoples Health and WellbeingMMConsult
KESO’S (Koori Engagement Support Officer) Dept of Ed.MMConsult
Aboriginal Unit DFFS (Dept of Families, Fairness & Housing)MMConsult
Local Government Koori NetworkMMConsult
Dhelk Dja CommitteeMMConsult
Bayside City Council StaffMMConsult
Broader Bayside ResidentsLLConsult
Elsternwick Park Association LMConsult

Selected tools and techniques

The tools and techniques selected for this project are informed by the project content, stakeholders and type of feedback sought.

The impact of COVID-19 restricts our ability for face-to-face communication, as well as slower distribution of printed mail.

Key tools for communicating the project

  • information sessions and meetings
  • video and infographics
  • direct email to Have Your Say subscribers and key stakeholder groups
  • flyers distributed to Bayside libraries and Bayside City Council Corporate Centre
  • website news stories and This Week in Bayside e-newsletter
  • advertising via social media
  • Let’s Talk Bayside magazine

Key methods for gathering feedback

  • online engagement through Have Your Say, including opportunity to ask questions
  • meetings with key stakeholder groups
  • surveys in accessible formats available on request.
  • Face-to-face engagement during the draft phase of the project

Project timelines

  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Phase 1: community engagement

    17 November – 12 December 2021

    Ideas generation phase: Big ideas on what Council can do to promote respect, relationships, and opportunities

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Phase 2: Draft plan developed and presented to Council

    February – March 2022

    Confirm the draft actions of the RAP

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Phase 3: Finalise with Council

    May 2022

    Gain endorsement for the draft RAP Innovate

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Phase 4: Implementation of actions

    June 2022

Decision-making process

We will engage with the community over a four-week period in November – December 2021 to gather feedback on how we can better protect and promote Indigenous cultural heritage, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Bayside.

Phase two will focus on confirming the draft actions in the Innovate RAP to confirm the plan is in line with community expectations.

After March 2022, we will collate the feedback that’s been gathered and look at constructive suggestions, as well as common themes to develop the final RAP Innovate Plan. The finalised document will be presented and endorsed by Council in May 2022 for it to be adopted as a working document.

We are proud to make a commitment to fully support reconciliation and we seek to understand and embrace reconciliation within our organisation and to encourage reconciliation across the wider Bayside community.

We launched our previous Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during NAIDOC Week in July 2019. This process marked the start of Council’s journey towards Reconciliation. A key action of the RAP was to establish a Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG).

The RAPWG is made up of representatives from relevant Council departments, Indigenous people, Indigenous organisations and key stakeholders.

The group will actively monitor Innovate RAP development and implementation of actions, track progress and approve reporting.