Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 as the national expert body on reconciliation in Australia. The organisation was established following the disbandment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) in 2000.
The CAR was established in 1991 under the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991. The CAR’s vision statement called for “A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.” Patrick Dodson, known as the ‘Father of Reconciliation’, was the first Chairperson of the CAR.
Richmond has been recognised by Reconciliation Australia with Elevate status for its Reconciliation Action Plan. Only 20 other organisations in Australia have achieved this leadership status.