Paul Herzich, a Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man from South Australia and an AILA Registered Landscape Architect, created the artwork for the Reflect RAP.

The artwork illustrates the 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the 200 or so years of non-indigenous cultures as white and blue stars above the Country.

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Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country Protocol

This document provides general guidance on the appropriate use of ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ protocols for landscape architects in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities often have specific protocols which would take precedence and should be followed as closely as possible.

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AILA's Acknowledgement of Country

AILA’s Acknowledgement of Country
: We acknowledge and respect Traditional Owners across Australia as the original custodians of our land and waters, their unique ability to care for country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom has and will ensure the continuation of cultures and traditional practices.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) following a year of collaborative work by AILA’s Connection to Country Committee.

AILA is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse profession by encouraging and supporting our members to expand their cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

As built environment professionals who engage with land, places, cultures, history, people, natural systems and built context, landscape architects seek to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The development of AILA’s RAP allows us to better advocate for a ‘Connection to Country’ approach to landscape planning, design and management on all our projects, in varying contexts and across many scales.

Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, AILA’s Reflect RAP will facilitate the development of a deeper level of respect in our members and staff for Traditional Custodians and their relationship with the landscape. The Reflect RAP focuses on 15 actions in the key areas of Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance, and will be implemented over the next 12 months through state chapter led events and the ongoing sharing of information.


AILA's Reconciliation Action Plan from AILA on Vimeo.


Useful Resources

Share our Pride Website : Reconciliation Australia developed this website in response to a request from industry for an introductory site for employees. It reflects on questions like what might my organisation or I do differently to build better relationships with Indigenous peoples and what might I do differently to show respect for Indigenous Australians? 

About the Connection to Country Committee

The ‘Connection to Country’ Committee comprises four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Ambassadors, twelve AILA members from State and Territory Chapters, and two AILA National executive staff.

The committee members are:

Connection to Country Committee 

  • Sally Walker (Cultural Advisor)
  • Tom Day (Cultural Advisor)
  • Paul Herzich (Cultural Advisor)
  • Jefa Greenway (Cultural Advisor)
  • Carlo Missio
  • David Jones
  • Sophie Zaccone
  • Skye Haldane
  • Anne-Marie Pisani - Co-Chair
  • Warwick Keates
  • Daniel Nunan
  • Nicole Croudace (WA) - Co-Chair
  • Ben Stockwin (AILA CEO)
  • Claire Martin (National Board)
  • Katharina Nieberler-Walker (National Board)
AILA’s Reconciliation Action Plan