Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework and Closing the Gap

A New Approach

The national Closing the Gap agenda and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework expire this year. These are important documents. They guide policy and funding priorities in Aboriginal affairs, and set out how government will be held accountable for achieving those priorities.

Aboriginal people know what’s best for themselves, their families and their communities. That’s why the Victorian Government will be led by Aboriginal Victorians around what the new Closing the Gap agenda and Victorian Aboriginal Affairs framework should look like.

Throughout the first half of 2018, there will be a range of opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to have their say and lead the refresh of both national and Victorian frameworks.

Have your say


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Have any questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Elly Patira
03 8392 5387

Our journey to date

The Victorian Government has committed to self-determination as the guiding principle in Aboriginal affairs. The unique knowledge, skills and expertise of Aboriginal Victorians are fundamental to informing policy design and program implementation and working towards the long-held aspiration of Aboriginal people to be self-determining.

National Indigenous Reform Agreement

In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments committed to implementing the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA). The aim of NIRA was to frame the task of ‘closing the gap’ in Indigenous disadvantage. It identified the objectives, outcomes, outputs, performance indicators and benchmarks.

Efforts to close the gap in Victoria and put in place the strategic areas identified in NIRA resulted in the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework (VAAF).