In a historic event for Victoria, the first ever piece of treaty legislation in Australia had its second reading in Parliament in late March.
The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 will be the road map to treaty negotiations. The Bill will be debated in Parliament in May 2018.
According to Aboriginal Victoria, the Bill “reflects the shared aspiration of the Government and Aboriginal Victorians to negotiate a treaty or treaties that will help tangibly improve the lives of Aboriginal Victorians, and the lives of future generations [and] reflects the hard work and contributions of over 7000 Aboriginal community members who have been engaged in work to further the treaty process in Victoria”.
New Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission established to drive next steps toward treaty
The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission commenced operation in January 2018. The Commission will strengthen independence for the Victorian Aboriginal community on the path to treaty and ensure the community remains at the heart of the process.
Read more about the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
For more information, visit Aboriginal Victoria’s website.
Read “Eyes across nation on Victoria as quest begins for Aboriginal treaty” (The Age, 23/03/18) for a good background to the Treaty process.
Last Updated: April 26, 2018 at 9:35 am