A treaty for Aboriginal people in Victoria
In February 2016, Aboriginal people in Victoria called on the Victorian Government to negotiate a treaty.
Since then, work towards self-determination and treaty has been creating a new relationship between the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal community, a partnership that will empower Aboriginal communities to achieve long-term generational change and improved outcomes.
The first step on the pathway to treaty is for Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to decide who should represent the community and who can, and should, negotiate a treaty on their behalf.
This is such a significant period in time for us. An Aboriginal representative body is necessary to give a unified and strong voice for our mob. A treaty should deliver recognition of our unique position as this country's first people, repatriation for past wrongs and injustices, improve our lives today and allow us to establish the foundations for a strong and bright future for our future generations. It will enable us to build and celebrate our cultural strength.
- Jill Gallagher – Co-chair Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group
Work has started
Sixteen consultation events were held throughout Victoria in 2016.
Initial consultations discussed self-determination, treaty and the way forward and set in motion the creation of the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group. The group’s 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.
For information about consultation outcomes and an outline of the Aboriginal representative body design principles that emerged from this work see results of consultations.
Another round of consultations will take place in early 2017 – details will be on our website soon.