Basketball Victoria Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan released

Basketball Victoria is proud to release our ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021-2023 – during National Reconciliation Week. 

We are pleased to have the Innovate RAP formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and highlight our commitment to working together with our associations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure they are welcomed and included within all levels of basketball in Victoria. 

Due to the current Victorian lockdown, we are unable to hold an in-person launch of the Innovate RAP, but we are excited to announced that an in-person celebration launch will be held in Shepparton in the coming months. (Date to be confirmed.) 


Click here to read our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021-2023. 


Our vision for reconciliation is to respect and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the basketball community and ensure equitable opportunity for participation and development. Basketball Victoria plays a major role in enabling all members of the community to receive these benefits by ensuring that the sport is accessible and welcoming to all. 

We acknowledge that each individual action in our RAP plays a crucial role towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation at all levels and across all aspects of our game. This includes: 

  • Improve participation: to increase the overall level of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participate in basketball as players, coaches, technical officials, administrators and volunteers 
  • Build partnerships: to support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their contribution to basketball and the local community 
  • Acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures: continue to build understanding and respect for customs, values and traditions through education and cultural celebrations including themed rounds and events 

 

Our Reconciliation Action Plan was developed in consultation with Basketball Victoria’s RAP Working Group and Aboriginal leaders including Nova Peris OAM (DHHS), Rob Hyatt (Koorie Heritage Trust) and Karen Milward (Aboriginal consultant). A variety of focus groups were held with Aboriginal community members and organisations such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Bunurong Health Services and the Koorie Youth Council to provide feedback and understanding on different elements of the RAP. 

Basketball Victoria’s RAP will be driven internally by our RAP Champion Diversity and Inclusion Manager Sheena Atkin and overseen by departmental managers and the RAP Working Group, providing 360-degree ownership of our plan across all departments and elements of the organisation.  

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the Innovate RAP will create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

“Our RAP is an important step towards making our strategic vision of more basketball, more often a reality,” Honey said. “We work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment and ensure that all Victorians have access to opportunities and programs of their choice in their local communities. We also acknowledge the important role that Basketball Victoria plays in reconciliation with the wider community.  

“Through our RAP, we are presented with an opportunity to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous community members. By working together, we can ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are welcomed and included within all associations.  

“Basketball Victoria acknowledges that each individual action in our RAP plays a crucial role towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation at all levels and across all aspects of our game. Increasing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes, coaches, referees, technical officials and volunteers requires a whole of sport commitment and is something we are proud to lead. 

“I would like to thank each member of our RAP Working Group and our staff members that have led this work for their contribution towards developing our inaugural RAP.  

“I would also like to thank Karen Milward who has helped us on this journey and Reconciliation Australia for their support throughout the RAP development process.” 

Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Officer Karen Mundine said the Basketball Victoria Innovate RAP will guide the organisation on its reconciliation journey.  

“Reconciliation Australia commends Basketball Victoria on the formal endorsement of its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP),” Mundine said. “Commencing an Innovate RAP is a crucial and rewarding period in an organisation’s reconciliation journey. It is a time to build strong foundations and relationships, ensuring sustainable, thoughtful, and impactful RAP outcomes into the future.  

“This Innovate RAP is both an opportunity and an invitation for Basketball Victoria to expand its understanding of its core strengths and deepen its relationship with its community, staff, and stakeholders. By investigating and understanding the integral role it plays across its sphere of influence, Basketball Victoria will create dynamic reconciliation outcomes, supported by and aligned with its business objectives.  

“Basketball Victoria is part of a strong network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have taken goodwill and intention, and transformed it into action. Implementing an Innovate RAP signals Basketball Victoria’s readiness to develop and strengthen relationships, engage staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and pilot innovative strategies to ensure effective outcomes. 

Click here to read our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021-2023. 

For further information on National Reconciliation Week, please visit the NRW website.  

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