ACSA launches Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Release date: 19 May 2021

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is proud to have recently launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) today as part of a week-long National Online Summit.

Speaking at the online launch, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt said, “I congratulate your sector on developing a comprehensive RAP plan and I just want to say, it’s a pleasure to endorse what you’ve done.

“This is an opportunity for the aged care sector to help meet its aged workforce requirements over the next three decades by tapping into the 800,000 Indigenous Australians who are dispersed around this nation and many who find it very challenging moving into permanent employment.”

ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said, “Our RAP sets out a clear plan to support ACSA to embed reconciliation values in all that we do.

“We are committed to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have equal access to aged care and are treated with dignity and respect and supporting members to improve service delivery through innovative models of care in local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

“Indigenous culture values its older members, its elders, who play an integral role in the continuation and strengthening of culture for the entire community.

“There is much we as a broader society and as a sector of professionals caring for older Australians can learn from this positive role and view of elders, and we must do all we can to support specific Indigenous aged care pathways.”

ACSA joins a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program.

ACSA Reconciliation Action Plan available here:

Patricia Sparrow is available for interview
Media contact: Jane Garcia 0455 111 593

Full Summit program here:

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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