The Victorian Government wants to engage more effectively with Traditional Owners of areas where there is no formal recognition under:

  • Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
  • Native Title Act 1993
  • Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010
  • As part of the Victorian Government Traditional Owner Engagement Project, Aboriginal Victoria held extensive discussions with Traditional Owners, government staff and stakeholders from December 2018 - July 2019.

    Traditional Owner feedback has been published in the report, “To be heard and for the words to have actions' Traditional Owner voices: improving government relationships and supporting strong foundations” (Traditional Owner Voices Report)

    Following this, we have developed the Draft Framework for strong relationships and engagement between the Victorian Government and Traditional Owners

    Draft Framework for strong relationships and engagement between the Victorian Government and Traditional Owners

    The purpose of the Draft Framework is to set the long-term vision and paint a picture of success for engagement between Government and Traditional Owners of areas without formal recognition. It is aspirational and high level in nature.

    Sitting underneath the Draft Framework are two additional documents:

    • Action Plan 2020-2022: This plan sets out the actions involved in achieving the outcomes proposed in the Draft Framework. It is designed for the leadership, executive and policy arms of Government agencies, recognising their roles and responsibilities in influencing how the actions will be implemented in their agencies. The Draft Action Plan is included at Appendix 1 for comment. It will be finalised together with the Draft Framework.
    • Good Practice Engagement Guide: This Guide has not yet been developed. It will provide practical support and guidance for those involved in engagement processes. It will be designed primarily to support Government staff who work with Traditional Owners in their day-to-day jobs. A concept draft is included at Appendix 2 for initial comments and input.

    The formal consultation period is now closed. Thank you for your contributions.

    Although our formal consultation period has now closed, you are welcome to get in touch with the project team if you have any questions or would like to discuss.
    You can email TraditionalOwner.Engagement@dpc.vic.gov.au or call 0427 879 100.

    How feedback will influence the final Framework

    We will collate and consider the feedback that is provided. Given the purpose of this framework, Traditional Owner voices will be accorded the most weight in analysing the feedback.

    After that, we will provide a public summary of the key themes from Traditional Owner, government staff and stakeholder feedback. This feedback will inform changes to the Framework.

    We aim to share the final Framework with you by late 2020.

    The final Framework will be implemented across the Victorian government.


    Which option(s) best describe you? Required

    The Framework proposes the following vision:

    "The Victorian Government and Traditional Owners have respectful and meaningful relationships that acknowledge shared history and support achieving diverse aspirations."

    Are you satisfied with this vision?
    How adequate are the Outcomes (grey boxes) displayed in the image below for achieving the proposed Vision?

    You can view these Outcomes in more detail on page 16 of the Draft Framework.

    Image showing  7 outcomes: strong relationships; capability and capacity for working together; strong and mutually understood governance; share power and resources; uphold Aboriginal rights; engage cohesively; acknowledge history and support healing
    If you have had a chance to review the Draft Framework, how adequate is it for building stronger relationships and engagement between government agencies and Traditional Owners?

    We are looking for a name for the Draft Framework. This could be an Aboriginal Language name, or another title that resonates with the outcomes seeking to be achieved.

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    The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.