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Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission

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New Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission will drive next steps towards treaty

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission will be established in early 2018 to 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 will be to operationalise the outcomes of the Aboriginal Community Assembly and establish the Aboriginal Representative Body.

This will include:

  • establishing the Aboriginal Representative Body including facilitating elections
  • 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.

Recruitment for the Commissioner has commenced now to ensure the Commissioner is in place to build on the Community Assembly’s work.

The establishment of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner forms part of the Victorian Government’s $28.5 million investment in the 2017/18 State Budget to progress treaty.

An open recruitment process to appoint the new Commissioner is now open and will close on 7 November 2017. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

To apply visit the Careers Victoria website.