Aboriginal Victorians can still vote – and enrol – to elect their chosen candidates in Victoria’s first and historic First People’s Assembly.
The Assembly will be the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria and help lead discussions in the next phase of Victoria’s nation-leading Treaty process. It will be made up of 33 Victorian Traditional Land Owners.
The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission, led by Commissioner and Gunditjimara woman Jill Gallagher EO, is leading both the Treaty process and the establishment of the Assembly.
Working alongside the Andrews Labor Government, the Assembly will decide the ground rules for negotiations, set up an independent umpire for the Treaty process and create a self-determination fund to support Traditional Owners throughout the process.
Enrolment is open for all Traditional Owners in Victoria and for Aboriginal people whose traditional Country is outside of Victoria if they have lived in Victoria for three of the last five years.
Those aged 16 years and older are eligible to vote, recognising the importance of young Aboriginal voices in the Treaty process.
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“It’s time for Treaty and for Indigenous Australians to have a voice in parliament; in legislation and programs relating to the needs and aspirations of First Nations people.”
“Victoria’s inaugural First People’s Assembly will be a voice for Aboriginal Victorians and I encourage all eligible people to make your voice heard and vote by 20th October.”
“Victoria is leading the way for Treaty – and I am so proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government that is giving First Nations people a voice by establishing the First People’s Assembly.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher EO
“Our people have been demanding Treaty, and justice, for decades. All that hard work has led us to where we are today.”
“Our community is about to take a big step forward on the journey to Treaties. If we get it right, every Traditional Owner group should be able to negotiate their Treaty for their Country.”