Victorian Treaty Developments
In February 2019, the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission(the Commission), after extensive consultation with the Aboriginal community, announced the model for the independent organisation which will support Aboriginal communities to negotiate treaty. The democratically elected representative body will be known as the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. Find out more
The Commission last month released the dates for the election of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, which will decide – along with the Victorian Government – the ‘ground rules’ for Treaty negotiations, including what is on the negotiating table. They are:
- May 10: Enrolment opens
- May 27: Candidate nominations open
- 4pm, Friday, 16 August: Candidate nominations close
- Monday, 16 September to Sunday, 20 October: Voting period
The Assembly will be made up of Victorian traditional owners, elected by Aboriginal people in Victoria. Find out more
Enrol and nominate now via the Assembly website
Reconciliation Victoria’s Treaty Engagement Project
In 2018 Reconciliation Victoria collaborated with the Treaty Commission and local councils on a series of Regional Roadshows across Victoria, building community support and engaging non-Aboriginal Victorians to support the Treaty process.
Our project involves developing resources to encourage and support deeper local conversations with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria
Host a Local Treaty Conversation
Following on from the first phase of our Treaty Engagement Project, this second phase of work involves developing resources to encourage and support deeper local conversations with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria around the State.
As part of this work, we have been supporting local facilitators to host Local Treaty Conversations around Victoria. These local conversations have been supported by Session Resources and Small Grants to cover expenses.
We encourage Local Reconciliation and Community Groups to host Local Treaty Conversations.
If you are interested in hosting a Local Treaty Conversation contact the office on 9016 0657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Regional Treaty Roadshow
In mid-2018, Reconciliation Victoria was pleased to commence building community support for Treaty by engaging non-Aboriginal Victorians through a series of regional roadshows in partnership with the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission and many local councils. These roadshows helped build the capacity and understanding of local government, local reconciliation supporters and the general public of the various roles they can play to support Treaty.
Reconciliation Victoria would like to extend particular thanks to the councils that kindly co-hosted events with us:
City of Ballarat
Horsham Rural Council
Mildura Rural City Council
Swan Hill Rural City Council
City of Bendigo
City of Greater Shepparton
City of Wodonga
Rural City of Wangaratta
Baw Baw Shire Council
Latrobe City Council
For a more detailed report about the Treaty Roadshows please click here.
We look forward to continuing local and statewide conversations as momentum builds for Treaty/ies in 2019.
Treaty in Victoria
Treaty has long been called for and will benefit all Victorians. We encourage councils to get informed and discover how they can best support the process. This can be done in a number of ways, including:
– Understand the Treaty process by visiting the Treaty Commission website. In September 2018, The Treaty Advancement Commission released a proposed Representative Body model. The Representative Body will be the key voice for Aboriginal people in the next phase of the Treaty process. Details available on their website.
– Read more information about Treaty here on the Reconciliation Victoria website.
Please note: Image from Victorian Advancement Treaty Commission at Shepparton Treaty Roadshow event for the broader community
Last Updated: June 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm