The LAN program supports Aboriginal people to connect at the local level and set priorities, develop community plans, establish social cohesion, and feel empowered to participate in civic and community life.

The LAN program was established in 2007. Since that time, the Victorian Government has worked closely with Aboriginal organisations and communities to introduce reforms in Aboriginal affairs policy and practice. This has seen the transfer of decision-making power and resources outside of government and strengthened Aboriginal decision-making structures and organisations. Outcomes from this work are exemplified by the establishment of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria and a process towards Treaty, design of the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme, and establishment of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. Reforms will continue to have significant impacts on relationships between Victorian Traditional Owners, Aboriginal communities and all levels of government.

The LAN program is being reviewed with a view to changes that have occurred in Victorian Aboriginal affairs policy and practice in recent years. We are seeking views about the LAN program to inform its future direction – aspects about the program you think should be continued or strengthened, reformed or changed, and the appropriate future focus and opportunities for the program in the evolving Aboriginal affairs landscape.

How to participate

Over the next four weeks we look forward to receiving your input to the review of the LAN program. You may participate in two ways.

Complete the Survey below

You can have your input to the review by completing the Survey below. The Review of the LAN Program Discussion Paper in the Document Library provides an overview of the LAN program and context for the survey questions.

Touch base by email

We know that not everyone likes to provide feedback on-line. If you wish to provide feedback by email or through a one-on-one phone conversation, send us an email stating your preference to the following address - aboriginalaffairs@dpc.vic.gov.au

Next steps

Responses will be reviewed and summarised according to key themes found in the feedback. This summary and an overview of the future direction of the LAN program will be set out in a report and shared publicly.