The Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy (VALGS) is a state government strategy, developed by an Aboriginal Steering Committee, focused on creating pathways to stronger partnerships and self-determination.
VALGS includes a clear framework for shared decision-making processes and actions for Aboriginal Victorians to work together with local government to achieve local place-based outcomes, grounded in the principles of Aboriginal self-determination, fairness, respect, and trust.
To support the Strategy, the Minister for Local Government has issued a Ministerial Good Practice Guideline and General Guidance for Councils Engaging with Aboriginal Victorians under the Local Government Act 2020. The Guideline and guidance aims to assist Councils when engaging with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Organisations and Community by providing a step-by-step guide for councils on how to identify, engage and build connections and develop mutually beneficial relationships.
We hope that local governments will incorporate elements of VALGS into their strategic planning, including providing new information to Reconciliation Victoria for their Maggolee page and recognising exemplary reconciliation projects within their municipality.