Planning the future

The national Closing the Gap agenda and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework are being refreshed 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 Concept Draft, Discussion Guide and Factsheet.

Attend a VAAF workshop near you

Nearly 400 Aboriginal Victorians have told us what they think the new Closing the Gap and VAAF should look like. We listened, and want to make sure we got it right. You are invited to a workshop to have your say on the Concept Draft of the new VAAF.
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    Melbourne Metro Workshop - 20 June

    Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

    Location: Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell Street, Preston

    RSVP here

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    Ballarat - 21 June

    Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

    Location: Saxon House, 1431 Mair Street

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    Bendigo - 21 June

    Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Location: Bendigo Tennis Association, 21-26 Nolan Street

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    Shepparton - 22 June

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Location: Parklake Hotel, 481 Wyndham Street (Anthony Taylor Main Room)

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    Robinvale - 25 June

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Location: Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-Op (MVAC) Community Hall, 87 Latje Road

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    Morwell - 5 July

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Location: The Gathering Place, 99 Buckley Street

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    Lake Tyers - 6 July

    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Location: Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Community Hall, 1 Rules Road, Toorloo Arm

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    Warrnambool - 16 July

    Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Location: Gunditjamara Aboriginal Co-Operative, Harris Street Reserve

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    Portland - 17 July

    Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Location: Ngootyoong Mara Cultural Healing Centre, 90 Julia Street

Thank you for participating in a regional community forum

Thank you to everyone who participated in a regional community forum in March - May 2018. Your feedback helped shape the Concept Draft of the new VAAF.
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    Geelong - 7 May

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    Warrnambool - 8 May

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    Portland - 10 May

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    Halls Gap - 22 May

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    Echuca - 22 May

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    Horsham - 23 May

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    Shepparton - 23 May

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    Wodonga - 24 May

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    Lakes Entrance - 3 May

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    Sale - 2 May

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    Morwell - 1 May

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    Warragul - 30 April

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    Seymour- 27 April

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    Ballarat - 26 April

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    Bendigo - 23 April

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    Swan Hill - 28 March

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    Robinvale - 27 March

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    Mildura - 26 March

Other ways to have your say

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

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 have now closed. Thank you to those who provided a submission. Your feedback will inform the development of the new VAAF.

Complete the survey

The survey has now closed. Thank you to those that completed a survey. Excerpts provided by participants may be used in community engagement materials however, no individual participants will be identified.