Our Commitment to Reconciliation

ECTARC Early Education and Training services is located on Dhawaral land at Warrawong NSW and provides Early Education and Care services to children and families across the Dhawaral and Yuin nations in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. In addition, we provide training services to students across Australia.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands across this country we live in and share. We recognise and value the strengths, skills and contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our organisation and the wider community.

Through our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we aim to encourage and enable staff to gain a better understanding and respect of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and to celebrate this in the workplace, and our service delivery to children, families and students.  We also strive to create new relationships and nurture existing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within our workplace and broader community

In 2020 we established a Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group to formalise our journey and ongoing commitment towards advancing reconciliation in our communities. The Reconciliation Working Group comprises of representatives from across the organisation including ECTARC Board Directors, senior management, staff representatives and external organisations (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) who will be working together to develop and support the implementation of ECTARC’s first RAP.