The questionnaire on the Aboriginal Representative Body has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The next phase of the treaty process will be discussed at the Victorian Treaty Forum on 28 April at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please register to attend or watch the live stream at A treaty for Aboriginal people in Victoria.
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In February 2016, Aboriginal people in Victoria called on the Victorian Government to negotiate a treaty.
As part of its commitment to self-determination the government has agreed to treaty discussions with the Aboriginal community.
This set in motion the creation of the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group. Their role is to consult with the Aboriginal community on options for a representative body and to provide advice to both government and the Aboriginal community on the next steps in the treaty process.
Between July and December 2016 the group travelled across Victoria to talk with, and listen to, Aboriginal people. This journey was a stepping stone on the path to treaty. Its primary objective was to seek direction on the way in which a representative body should be designed.
In December, an Aboriginal Victoria Forum presented the consultation findings and options to guide the development of a representative body and enabled further consultation with the Aboriginal community.
The Aboriginal Community Consultation on the Design of a Representative Body report commissioned by the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group was released on 22 February 2017.
In March 2017, Aboriginal Victoria is facilitating 12 community consultations across six regional and metropolitan locations to inform and engage the Victorian Aboriginal community in the next phase of the treaty process.
For more information on upcoming community consultations visit Aboriginal Victoria’s website.
The survey closed on Friday 21 April.
The basis of these questions is:
- The Representative Body represents all Aboriginal People who live in Victoria and reflects the principle of self-determination.
- The Representative Body is a formal and permanent organisation (whether through legislation or otherwise) that is independent of government and whose primary purpose is to facilitate the authorisation of Treaty/Treaties.
- The role of the Representative Body is to represent, advocate, educate, develop a State-wide Treaty negotiation framework and engage with community and government about Treaty/Treaties.
- Only Traditional Owners can negotiate local Treaties for their country, supported by a State-wide Treaty negotiation framework.
- Voters must be aged 18 or over to be eligible to vote.
- The Representative Body is sufficiently resourced and funded to operate as an independent voice for Aboriginal people living in Victoria.