Respect and Recognition

As the tier of government that is closest to the community, local government has an important role in modelling recognition and respect and ensuring that the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people are properly reflected in council plans, strategies and policies.

The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey identified the number of Councils in Victoria who undertake these activities.

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RESPECT | Treaty Developments

Key Treaty advancement developments are underway across Victoria and the Treaty Advancement Commission’s role is to establish an Aboriginal Representative Body by mid 2019. 

Local Councils can keep across all treaty developments by visiting the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission website.


RECOGNISE | Aboriginal self-determination

The Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework (2018-2023) is a useful resource for local councils to reference in terms of understanding the Victorian Government’s approach to working with Aboriginal Victorians, organisations and the wider community.

Launched in October 2018, the VAAF 2018-2023 highlights the Victorian Government’s proposed future action to support the advancement of Aboriginal self-determination through the following 11 guiding principles: 

  • HUMAN RIGHTS
  • CULTURAL INTEGRITY
  • COMMITMENT
  • ABORIGINAL EXPERTISE
  • INVESTMENT
  • EQUITY
  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • PARTNERSHIP
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • EMPOWERMENT
  • CULTURAL SAFETY

 

 

 

 



Last Updated: November 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Australia Day Awards  
Survival Day Component

Mount Alexander Shire Council has introduced a Survival Day component to their annual Australia Day ceremony. 

For their 2018 Australia Day community event, the focus was to highlight the significant partnership between the local DjaDja Wurrung community and Council and to tackle the controversy around Australia Day head on, through the inclusion of the ‘Survival Day’ component.

Given the increasing focus on the Indigenous perspective of Australia Day, the aim of the initiative was to highlight and encourage open discussions about the impact of Australia Day on the Indigenous community. 

The event also included consultation with the Nalderun Upper Loddon Committee to explore ways Council could enhance and increase the number of meaningful Indigenous elements into the ceremony and how to address the divisive issue of how Australia Day celebrations impact Aboriginal people.

 

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