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27 May 2022

Royal Life Saving Begins Reconciliation Journey Toward Meaningful Change

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The beginning of National Reconciliation Week marks the start of our commitment journey towards a cohesive and supportive relationship with our Indigenous communities.

Royal Life Saving have submitted the first draft of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to Reconciliation Australia, with our final version nearing completion.

Initial consultation late last year with the Murawin Group highlighted the dedication and the time to ensure the best possible RAP to achieve our business goals. This consultation highlights key responsibilities and targets for swimming and water safety education and program participation for Indigenous communities in our most rural and remote areas.

“Royal Life Saving is committed to continuing to strengthen our relationships with the Indigenous members of our community as we implement our RAP through the organisation. Our goal is to deliver programs and opportunities that support our Indigenous population and create a more inclusive workforce in our Industry for generations to come.” Craig Roberts, General Manager of Drowning Prevention & Education.

In the ACT, Royal Life Saving staff will attend the Reconciliation Day event at the National Arboretum to promote “Ngadyung” - Canberra’s only dedicated Swimming and Water Safety program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island participants. “Ngadyung” provides free weekly Swim and Survive lessons and is supported by the Australian Government’s Inland Waterways Drowning Prevention Project. If you are in Canberra on Monday 30th May, head to the National Arboretum between 10am and 2pm to join our fun interactive CPR Demonstrations and learn more from a range of stakeholders about how we can all Be Brave and Make Change!

Royal Life Saving looks forward to involving our Aquatic Industry on this journey and how we can all work together to achieve reconciliation.

Find out what is happening in your State or Territory during Reconciliation Week 2022 on the Reconciliation Australia website.

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