In February 2016 the Victorian Government began talks with the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to work towards developing Australia’s first ever legally recognised Treaty with First Nations Peoples. This development comes on the back of the Victorian Open Aboriginal Community Meeting, at which a motion was passed calling for Treaties to be negotiated. Read more
In July, the Treaty process took another step forward with the announcement of the Treaty Interim Working Group. Read more
The Interim Treaty Working Group will consult Aboriginal people in Victoria and advise the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on the development of treaty and a broader self-determination agenda.
The Group will provide advice on the process and timing for treaty, guidance on community engagement and examine options for a permanent Victorian Aboriginal representative body. For more information on the Treaty Interim Working Group read the Terms of Reference on Aboriginal Victoria’s webpage.
The Working Group will report back at the next state-wide forum in Melbourne in early December, at which Aboriginal Victorians will meet to discuss the Group’s work, the outcomes of community led consultations and the next steps for the Victorian Government.
To keep up-to-date with developments check out Reconciliation Victoria’s website
Last Updated: October 4, 2016 at 11:42 am