Reconciliation Action Plans

The Client
Project Team
Tony Paduano
Strategic Counsel - Planning
Flavia Kiperman
Director / Principal - Heritage Architect
Carmel Given
Associate - Heritage
Sophie Angus
Graphic Design Assistant
Marisa Santosa
Senior Graphic Designer
Kate Parker
Director / Principal - Arts & Culture
The Project

At element we recognise the importance and value of nurturing strong relationships and promoting respect. This builds capacity and create opportunities today and for future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As the only integrated consultancy in the State with planning, heritage, public art, engagement, property economics, urban design and place making services, we have a demonstrated track record in adhering to cultural protocols, and collaborating with Elders, traditional owners, and specialist Aboriginal consultants to effectively listen, communicate, protect and promote their cultural heritage.  

Because of where we sit in the planning industry, we knew that developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was an essential strategic document we must have.

Our Role

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in July 2021. The Reflect RAP sets out our aspirational goals and strategies, and a series of actions for reconciliation initiatives within our sphere of influence over a twelve-month period.

We prepared our RAP over a period of about twelve months, with regular check-ins with Reconciliation Australia, as well as seeking advice from Noongar Elders and consultants that we were working with on projects during that time.

Our RAP can be viewed on the Reconciliation Australia website here.

Cover artwork by Barbara Bynder


Since obtaining endorsement from Reconciliation Australia, we have developed a RAP Working Group (RWG) with Whadjuk representation. We work regularly on actions that encourage everyone at element to be part of the reconciliation journey.

What We Delivered

What We Can Do For You

Having experienced the many ways that developing your first RAP can be approached, and navigating our way through the requirements, workshopping of ideas, collaborating with Elders, and liaising with Reconciliation Australia, we have come to realise developing a RAP is a complex exercise. We can offer our services in this space, so that your RAP development is authentic, valuable, and engages everyone in your organisation to come along on the journey.

Call element to discuss your ideas. We can:

  • Share our experience of developing a RAP.
  • Help you find the right people to talk to for your part of the country.
  • Offer advice on appropriate actions.
  • Graphically design your RAP.
  • Peer-review your document.
  • Introduce you to local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists that will inspire you, provide artwork for your RAP, and even for your office space.

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