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Aboriginal Honour Roll nominations

Nominations for the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll

Nominations are currently closed.

Who is eligible for nomination?

In 2011, the former Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, launched a community discussion paper on the establishment of a Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll; a roll to recognise the accomplishments of Indigenous Victorians in communities in Victoria, Australia and around the world.

Responses to the discussion paper determined that the Honour Roll would recognise Aboriginal Victorians (currently living or have lived in Victoria) who:

  • have had a significant influence that has instigated change for the betterment of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in a particular field, or
  • have made lasting contributions that have benefited the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria, Australia or internationally.

How do I nominate someone?

You will need to:

  • provide a brief summary of the person being nominated and their achievements
  • complete the nomination form
  • have someone else certify that the information you've provided is correct.

Why does the Honour Roll exist?

The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll serves to formally acknowledge and celebrate the wide-ranging achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, past and present.

As the Honour Roll builds over time, all people have the opportunity to learn about the contributions and achievements of both historical and contemporary Aboriginal Victorians in the areas of community leadership, human and social rights, activism, sports, music and more. While some individuals may be more widely known than others, all share an equal place of honour on this roll.

This formal and ongoing acknowledgement of the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians is a significant element of reconcilliation. Reconcilliation aims to improve the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians by raising awareness of the history, culture and significant contributions that Aboriginal Australians make to society.

For more information about the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll, please contact Toly Sawenko toly.sawenko@dpc.vic.gov.au

What is the symbolism of the artwork?

The artwork associated with the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll was created by Mick Harding. 

The Blues and Greens of our Country

'The range of green leaves represent the diversity of traditional owners throughout Victoria and the shield that floats inside them represents the resilience of our people over thousands of generations that we have been here.

The concentrated line work represents our unique symbolism that we use to explain our connection to country here in Victoria. The wavy blue lines represent the ocean and inland waterways that surround and run through Victoria. The subtle arcs that run through the water bodies represent the importance of water and our relationship and responsibility to it.'

Our Culture, Your Culture
Mick Harding