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

What will come and be decided in the coming months and years out of these meetings will long outlive our place on this earth and will flow to our children, grandchildren and their children.

- Stan Grant, May 2016 Aboriginal Victoria Forum

Victorian Treaty Forum

On Friday 28 April 2017, a forum was held in Melbourne for the Victorian Aboriginal community. The purpose was to outline the journey so far, present the outcomes from the March consultations, Treaty Circles and Online Message Stick and advise the next steps forward in the treaty process.

More information will be available soon.

March 2017 community consultations

n March 2017, Aboriginal Victoria facilitated 10 community consultations across 6 regional and metropolitan locations including Echuca, Mildura, Portland, Sale, Wodonga and Melbourne, to inform and engage the Victorian Aboriginal community in the treaty process.

Treaty Circle Facilitators

Victorian Aboriginal community members wanting to make treaty happen, were called upon to become Treaty Circle Facilitators, to help their community have their say and drive the pathway to treaty.

Treaty Circle Facilitator handbooks were provided:

Treaty Circle Facilitator Handbook Treaty Circle Facilitator HandbookPDF (877.99 KB)

There was also a Representation Questionnaire for people who couldn't attend community consultations.

Treaty Circle Facilitator Guidelines.docx Treaty Circle Facilitator GuidelinesDOC (100.07 KB)

Treaty Circle Facilitators were able to receive up to $500 reimbursement to run treaty circles, and provided with training and on-going support.

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Online Message Stick

Anyone unable to attend a consultation or Treaty Circle was invited to visit an Online Message Stick to have their say about representation. Visitors could complete a questionnaire, find out more about what a representative body might look like, hear about the journey so far and find out about the next steps in the treaty process.

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Learn about the 2016 consultation outcomes including Aboriginal representative options identified.

If you'd like to know more you can read one of our fact sheets:


A treaty is a formal agreement that can say and do anything that 2 or more parties agree on within their respective powers. The Victorian Government and Aboriginal community have been working towards a treaty since February 2016.

To learn more about what this treaty can be, and who can make it and how, read:Aboriginal Treaty Fact Sheet Aboriginal Treaty Fact SheetPDF (57.77 KB)

Representative Structures

The Victorian Aboriginal Community needs a representative structure to negotiate a Treaty and other matters, but there are questions about who gets represented, what the options and challenges are and how representatives should be elected.

For futher information on these issues, please read our representative structures fact sheet:
Aboriginal Representative Structures Fact Sheet Aboriginal Representative Structures Fact SheetPDF (76.03 KB)


As our Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews has said, real leadership is not about giving Aboriginal Victorians a seat at the table, but making it their table too. The Victorian Government is working in partnership with the Aboriginal community to advance self-determination.

For information on more initiatives to support Aboriginal self-determination, please read:

Aboriginal Self-determination Fact Sheet Aboriginal Self-determination Fact SheetPDF (101.28 KB)