During community engagement for the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023 (VAAF),
Aboriginal Victorians told us government alone can't hold itself accountable for spending and outcomes in Aboriginal affairs. They told us that government, Aboriginal organisations and government-funded organisations must be held accountable to community, by community.
What would an Aboriginal-led evaluation and review mechanism do?
The VAAF commits to establishing an Aboriginal-led evaluation and review mechanism to track government’s progress against the VAAF. This includes evaluating and reviewing:
- government’s efforts to achieve the goals, objectives and measures set out in the VAAF
- government action to enable Aboriginal self-determination.
Aboriginal Victorians will lead the design process
Aboriginal Victorians will:
- help decide the design principles for the mechanism
- lead the design of the mechanism, including its function, scope, membership and governance
- develop the mechanism’s terms of reference in partnership with government.
Read the Discussion Guide
Join the conversation
There are many ways you can have your say on the mechanism. You can:
Complete an online survey
Complete the online survey below by 31 March 2019.
Attend a regional conversation near you
Dates and locations of the regional conversations are on this website. There's no need to RSVP. These conversations are open to Aboriginal community members, Aboriginal organisations, Traditional Owner Groups, other organisations delivering services to Aboriginal Victorians, and government departments.
Meet with us
You can meet with us one-on-one or in a group, at a time and location that is convenient and comfortable for you, including face-to-face, videoconference or teleconference. To arrange a time, call Bonnie Matheson on
(03) 9651 2166 or Julia Braybrooks on (03) 9651 2177.
Provide a written submission
Individuals and organisations are invited to send us written submissions. These will open on the website in mid-April after the regional conversations finish.
Three broad options for a mechanism
During VAAF community engagement in 2018, Aboriginal Victorians proposed three broad options for a mechanism. We want to know what you think of these options. While these options provide a good starting point for conversation, they may change as discussions with community continue. Community may also suggest a mix or elements of these options.
|An impartial and independent body which is given functions, powers and duties through legislation||Aboriginal Victorians take on the new Aboriginal-led evaluation and review role in their local communities||An existing mechanism takes on the new Aboriginal-led evaluation and review role|
|Example: Koorie Ombudsman, Aboriginal-led "watchdog" data agency or Aboriginal Productivity Commission||Example: Community assembly or Cabinet, Aboriginal committee, council or panel, Elders' voice or family-based governance group||Example: Aboriginal Executive Council or other existing Aboriginal governance group/s|
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