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Accessing agreement making support

Complete an Expression of Interest form:

Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest form Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest formPDF (768.54 KB)

 

The Right People for Country program supports Traditional Owner groups to make agreements:

  • between groups – about boundaries and extent of Country
  • within groups – about group representation, membership and engagement

These agreements can assist Traditional Owner groups to apply to be a Registered Aboriginal Party under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and/or seeking to negotiate settlements with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 and Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Support is tailored to the needs of Traditional Owner groups and is available to prepare for, and to make agreements, within and between Traditional Owner groups.

Right People for Country fact sheet Right People for Country - fact sheetPDF (639.55 KB)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Right People for Country program support, Traditional Owner groups must show that they meet the following criteria:

  1. Traditional Owner groups want to reach an agreement about boundary/extent of Country or group composition/representation issues.
  2. Reaching agreement will help Traditional Owner group/s to negotiate an agreement with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010; Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) or gain Registered Aboriginal Party appointment under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
  3. The relevant Traditional Owner groups are ready to participate in agreement making and have consented to accessing support through the Right People for Country program.

Accessing support

Step one – Give us a call

If you are interested in your Traditional Owner group accessing support for agreement making, then phone us – we can have an initial conversation about agreement making and how the Right People for Country program works.

Step two –Have a meeting to discuss agreement making

We can meet with Traditional Owners to discuss agreement making. We can provide information about Right People for Country program and examples of other Traditional Owner agreement making projects. We can also discuss your goals, how you want to achieve those goals and what support  you need – from this discussion we can draft a project outline that you can use to make an Expression of Interest.

Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest form Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest formPDF (768.54 KB)

Step three – Talk with Traditional Owners who need to be involved

Traditional Owners need to talk within their own group to get broad agreement to seek Right People for Country program support. An Expression of Interest for support needs to be authorised in accordance with each Traditional Owner group’s usual decision making process. Where agreement making involves two or more Traditional Owner groups, you need to talk with the other group(s) and agree to submit one joint Expression of Interest. We can help Traditional Owner groups talk to other groups or parties who need to be involved.

Step four – Submit an Expression of Interest

When Traditional Owner groups are ready, you can submit an Expression of Interest form to the Right People for Country program. A separate Expression of Interest form must be submitted for each agreement making project.

Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest form Right People for Country Program - Expression of Interest formPDF (768.54 KB)

Next steps

Once the Minister has made a decision, the Right People for Country program will write to Traditional Owner groups. Where Expressions of Interest are approved, the Right People for Country program will work with Traditional Owner groups to establish and support agreement making. Where Expressions of Interest are not approved, the Right People for Country program will provide feedback to explain why the Expression of Interest did not meet the eligibility criteria or why it may have been considered a lower priority than other matters. The Right People for Country program can also work with Traditional Owners to identify other programs that may be able to provide appropriate assistance.

Agreement making process

Agreement making process infographic

Right People for Country Conditions of Support Right People for Country - Conditions of SupportPDF (3.07 MB)

Contact us

Sally Smith, Manager

Phone: 03 8392 5385
Mobile: 0429 029 807
Email: Sally.Smith@dpc.vic.gov.au

Dylan Clarke, Project Facilitator

Phone: 03 8392 5386
Mobile: 0408 190 843
Email: Dylan.Clarke@dpc.vic.gov.au

Lucy De Kretser, Project Facilitator

Phone: 03 9651 0601
Mobile: 0428 875 268
Email: Lucy.DeKretser@dpc.vic.gov.au