Self-determination for Aboriginal people in Victoria

For the first time in over 20 years, work is underway to create a new relationship between the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal community; to empower Aboriginal communities to achieve long-term generational change and improved outcomes.

The first Aboriginal Victoria Forum on 26 and 27 May 2016 brought the Aboriginal community of Victoria together to have their say on self -determination, treaty and representation.

Community Consultation on Contemporary Representation

To deliver a Treaty, the Victorian Aboriginal community needs to be fully informed and engaged.

Starting on 28 October 2016 in Bendigo, the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group, supported by Ernst & Young, will deliver community consultation workshops on representation.

Having a say on Representation is also about helping build the pathway to a Treaty. If you can't attend a session or if you have more to say go to engage.vic.gov.au/aboriginal-representative-body.

The Working Group will present the findings at the Aboriginal Victoria Forum on 13 December 2016 in Melbourne.

Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to work on what representation could look like and discuss how it might be achieved. Only the Victorian Aboriginal Community can decide who should represent the community or negotiate a Treaty on the community’s behalf.

Consultations will be held:

Bendigo

28 October 2016
Register for Bendigo
Conservatory, All Seasons Hotel, 171-183 McIvor Road, Bendigo VIC 3550
Download the Bendigo Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Mildura

2 November 2016
Register for Mildura
MDAS, 120 Madden Avenue, Mildura (access off Tenth Street)
Download the Mildura Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Mildura forum on self-determination (docx - 287Kb).

Swan Hill

4 November 2016
Register for Swan Hill
The Grain Shed, 2 King Street, Swan Hill
Download the Swan Hill Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Melbourne

9 November 2016
Aborigines, Advancement League, 2 Watt Street, Thornbury
Download the Melbourne Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736KB)

Ballarat

10 November 2016
Koorie Services Hub @ Kirrit, 403 Main Road, Ballarat

Morwell

16 November 2016
Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Drive, Morwell
Download the Morwell Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Shepparton

22 November 2016
Rumbalara, Elders Facility, 95 Ford Road, Shepparton
Download the Shepparton Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Shepparton forum on self-determination (docx - 288Kb)

Warrnambool

28 November 2016
Harris Street Reserve, 66 Harris Street, Warrnambool
Download the Warrnambool Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Horsham

30 November 2016
Horsham Town Hall, 71 Pynsent Street, Horsham
Download the Horsham Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Horsham forum on self-determination (docx - 287Kb)

Bairnsdale

2 December 2016
Football/Netball Club, MacArthur Street, Bairnsdale
Read the Outcomes from the Bairnsdale forum on self-determination (docx - 288Kb)

Fuel Reimbursements

Aboriginal Victoria will provide fuel reimbursements for the 10 statewide community consultations (excluding the December Aboriginal Victoria Forum), to community members who attend a community consultation, subject to meeting all of the following:

  • only one claim per person per vehicle
  • only available for one consultation no matter how many are attended
  • must reside a minimum of 50km from the location of the forum attended
  • up to $70 claimable
  • must produce an original receipt dated around the date of the consultation attended
  • must sign the attendance register on the day of the consultation that fuel is being claimed for
  • must complete and sign the claim form, including providing residential address details in the "Work Address" field

Aboriginal Victoria Forum - 13 December 2016

The next Aboriginal Victoria Forum will be held on Tuesday, 13 December 2016.

This Forum will be an opportunity for the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group to report back the major themes and feedback for Aboriginal representation arising out of the community consultations and to consider the next steps in the treaty making process.

Register for the Aboriginal Victoria Forum.

13 December 2016.

9am to 5pm, followed by an evening reception from 5pm until 7pm.

Melbourne Room 1, Level 2
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Melbourne, Victoria 3006


The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group

The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group was established in July 2016 to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.

Read the Aboriginal Victorians Talk Treaty media release.

The Working Group represents Traditional Owners, state-wide Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and young Aboriginal people. Their role is to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.

The Treaty Interim Working Group comprises of:

  • Eleanor Bourke and Mick Harding nominated by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council;
  • Lidia Thorpe and Gary Murray nominated by The Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group (Withdrawn October 2016)
  • Janine Coombs and Jeremy Clark nominated by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
  • Tarneen Onus-Williams and Douglas Briggs nominated by The Koorie Youth Council
  • Muriel Bamblett and Wayne Muir nominated by the Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation representatives.

They will be joined by six people appointed by the Minister based on their personal experience and expertise:

  • Paul Briggs
  • Jill Gallagher
  • Vicki Clark
  • Aunty Di Kerr
  • Lawrence Moser
  • Geraldine Atkinson

Read the Terms of Reference for the Working Group (DOCX - 1.16MB).

For the first time in over 20 years, work is underway to create a new relationship between the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal community; to empower Aboriginal communities to achieve long-term generational change and improved outcomes.

The first Aboriginal Victoria Forum on 26 and 27 May 2016 brought the Aboriginal community of Victoria together to have their say on self -determination, treaty and representation.

Community Consultation on Contemporary Representation

To deliver a Treaty, the Victorian Aboriginal community needs to be fully informed and engaged.

Starting on 28 October 2016 in Bendigo, the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group, supported by Ernst & Young, will deliver community consultation workshops on representation.

Having a say on Representation is also about helping build the pathway to a Treaty. If you can't attend a session or if you have more to say go to engage.vic.gov.au/aboriginal-representative-body.

The Working Group will present the findings at the Aboriginal Victoria Forum on 13 December 2016 in Melbourne.

Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to work on what representation could look like and discuss how it might be achieved. Only the Victorian Aboriginal Community can decide who should represent the community or negotiate a Treaty on the community’s behalf.

Consultations will be held:

Bendigo

28 October 2016
Register for Bendigo
Conservatory, All Seasons Hotel, 171-183 McIvor Road, Bendigo VIC 3550
Download the Bendigo Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Mildura

2 November 2016
Register for Mildura
MDAS, 120 Madden Avenue, Mildura (access off Tenth Street)
Download the Mildura Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Mildura forum on self-determination (docx - 287Kb).

Swan Hill

4 November 2016
Register for Swan Hill
The Grain Shed, 2 King Street, Swan Hill
Download the Swan Hill Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Melbourne

9 November 2016
Aborigines, Advancement League, 2 Watt Street, Thornbury
Download the Melbourne Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736KB)

Ballarat

10 November 2016
Koorie Services Hub @ Kirrit, 403 Main Road, Ballarat

Morwell

16 November 2016
Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Drive, Morwell
Download the Morwell Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Shepparton

22 November 2016
Rumbalara, Elders Facility, 95 Ford Road, Shepparton
Download the Shepparton Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Shepparton forum on self-determination (docx - 288Kb)

Warrnambool

28 November 2016
Harris Street Reserve, 66 Harris Street, Warrnambool
Download the Warrnambool Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)

Horsham

30 November 2016
Horsham Town Hall, 71 Pynsent Street, Horsham
Download the Horsham Community Consultation on Aboriginal Representation poster (PDF - 736 KB)
Read the Outcomes from the Horsham forum on self-determination (docx - 287Kb)

Bairnsdale

2 December 2016
Football/Netball Club, MacArthur Street, Bairnsdale
Read the Outcomes from the Bairnsdale forum on self-determination (docx - 288Kb)

Fuel Reimbursements

Aboriginal Victoria will provide fuel reimbursements for the 10 statewide community consultations (excluding the December Aboriginal Victoria Forum), to community members who attend a community consultation, subject to meeting all of the following:

  • only one claim per person per vehicle
  • only available for one consultation no matter how many are attended
  • must reside a minimum of 50km from the location of the forum attended
  • up to $70 claimable
  • must produce an original receipt dated around the date of the consultation attended
  • must sign the attendance register on the day of the consultation that fuel is being claimed for
  • must complete and sign the claim form, including providing residential address details in the "Work Address" field

Aboriginal Victoria Forum - 13 December 2016

The next Aboriginal Victoria Forum will be held on Tuesday, 13 December 2016.

This Forum will be an opportunity for the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group to report back the major themes and feedback for Aboriginal representation arising out of the community consultations and to consider the next steps in the treaty making process.

Register for the Aboriginal Victoria Forum.

13 December 2016.

9am to 5pm, followed by an evening reception from 5pm until 7pm.

Melbourne Room 1, Level 2
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Melbourne, Victoria 3006


The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group

The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group was established in July 2016 to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.

Read the Aboriginal Victorians Talk Treaty media release.

The Working Group represents Traditional Owners, state-wide Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and young Aboriginal people. Their role is to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.

The Treaty Interim Working Group comprises of:

  • Eleanor Bourke and Mick Harding nominated by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council;
  • Lidia Thorpe and Gary Murray nominated by The Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group (Withdrawn October 2016)
  • Janine Coombs and Jeremy Clark nominated by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
  • Tarneen Onus-Williams and Douglas Briggs nominated by The Koorie Youth Council
  • Muriel Bamblett and Wayne Muir nominated by the Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation representatives.

They will be joined by six people appointed by the Minister based on their personal experience and expertise:

  • Paul Briggs
  • Jill Gallagher
  • Vicki Clark
  • Aunty Di Kerr
  • Lawrence Moser
  • Geraldine Atkinson

Read the Terms of Reference for the Working Group (DOCX - 1.16MB).