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Recommendations made on design of Aboriginal Representative Body

The Aboriginal Treaty Working Group handed over its final report to the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission in March 2018. This made key recommendations on the design of the Aboriginal Representative Body.

Read the Final Report on the Design of The Aboriginal Representative Body. 

This report is the product of many hands. There is a long way to go yet, but with the release of this report, at last we know the journey is well and truly underway. Treaty belongs to all of us; it is part of the legacy that we will leave for our children.

- Mick Harding, Aboriginal Treaty Working Group Chair

This historic milestone on the path to treaty was marked with a special event at Parliament House. This was hosted by Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO.

What is the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group?

The Aboriginal Treaty Working Group represents Traditional Owners, Aboriginal community controlled organisations and young Aboriginal people. It has led 2 years of engagement and consultation with Aboriginal people across Victoria. This informed it's recommendations and will ensure Aboriginal Victorians have a democratic voice.

The Aboriginal Representative Body is anticipated to start in 2019. The body will hold the responsibility, in partnership with Government, to create the elements to support future treaty negotiations.

The role of the Commission

The role of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission is to create the Aboriginal Representative Body. This will maintain the momentum towards treaty and ensure community continues to remain at the heart of the process.

This report will form the backbone of Commissioner Gallagher’s work over the next year. She will lead consultations with Aboriginal Victorians across the state to work on the design of the Representative Body.