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Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission

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Respected Aboriginal Leader appointed as Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner

Jill Gallagher AO has been appointed as Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner.

A proud Gunditjmara woman, Jill is a highly respected Victorian Aboriginal leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for self-determination outcomes on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal community.

She has spent the past 20 years advancing Aboriginal health and wellbeing on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, including 14 years as CEO.

Jill was recognised for her outstanding contribution to community when she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2009, awarded the Order of Australia in 2013, and inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2015.

Jill has also been advocating for the Victorian Aboriginal community as co-chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group and has been closely involved in the Victorian journey to treaty.

New Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission will drive next steps toward treaty

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission commenced operation in January 2018. The Commission will strengthen independence for the Victorian Aboriginal community on the path to treaty and ensure the community remains at the heart of the process.

The Commission's primary role is to operationalise the outcomes of the Aboriginal Community Assembly and establish the Aboriginal Representative Body.
This includes:

  • establishing the Aboriginal Representative Body
  • maintaining momentum of the treaty process
  • consulting Aboriginal Victorians
  • providing research and advice on the treaty process
  • communicating progress on treaty to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians

The Commission will build on the work of the Aboriginal Community Assembly and other community consultations led by the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group.

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission will cease to operate once the Aboriginal Representative Body is established.

Once established, the Aboriginal Representative Body will work with the Victorian Government to set up a treaty negotiation framework to enable treaty negotiations. Treaty negotiations will not commence until the framework is agreed on.

Throughout the entire process the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group will work with the Commissioner and will continue to guide the treaty process.