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:

    • 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.
    • 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. It will be finalised together with the Draft Framework.

    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 0459 433 142.

    You can read an anonymous summary of feedback received in the Consultation Report, available below.

    How feedback will influence the final Framework

    We are considering the feedback provided. Given the purpose of this Framework, Traditional Owner voices will be accorded the most weight in analysing the feedback.

    We aim to share the final Framework with you in mid to late 2021.

    The final Framework will be implemented across the Victorian government.

    Read the Consultation Report - December 2020

    This Report provides a summary of feedback received during the consultation period (April-July 2020) regarding the Draft Framework for Strong Relationships and Engagement Between the Victorian Government and Traditional Owners of areas without Formal Recognition
    Consultation Report December 2020 - Feedback regarding Draft Framework for Government Engagement with Traditional Owners of Areas without Formal Recognition
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