Planning the future

The national Closing the Gap agenda and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework expire this year. These are important documents. They guide policy and funding priorities in Aboriginal affairs, and set out how government will be held accountable for achieving those priorities.

Aboriginal people know what’s best for themselves, their families and their communities. That’s why the Victorian Government will be led by Aboriginal Victorians around what the new Closing the Gap agenda and Victorian Aboriginal Affairs framework should look like.

Throughout the first half of 2018, there will be a range of opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to have their say and lead the refresh of both national and Victorian frameworks.

For more information on Closing the Gap or the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework see the Discussion Guide.

Have your say

There are a range of opportunities for you to inform and shape the next VAAF and Closing the Gap agendas.

Attend an open community forum

Open community forums will be held between February and August 2018 across five regional areas: Barwon South West, Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Hume and Gippsland. These will be open to Aboriginal community members, organisations, services and government representatives working with Aboriginal communities. Join our subscriber list for details.

Meet with us

You can meet with us directly one-on-one or in a group setting at a time and location that is convenient and comfortable for you. To arrange a time, call Elly Patira from Aboriginal Affairs Policy, Department of Premier and Cabinet on (03) 8392 5387.

Make a submission

Submissions can be made online or in writing until Friday, 1 June 2018. All submissions will receive a response. Please ensure you provide us with contact details as part of your submission. Address hard copy submissions to Elly Patira, Aboriginal Affairs Policy, 1 Treasury Place, East Melbourne 3002 or lodge online below.

Complete the survey

The following questions were formulated by participants at the first Victorian Statewide Discussion on Closing the Gap. If you weren't able to join us at the Statewide Discussion, or you have more to say, complete the survey below.

This survey will run until Friday 1 June 2018. Excerpts provided by participants may be used in community engagement materials however, no individual participants will be identified.

1. Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Required