Treaty for Victoria

Treaty for Victoria

Victorian Treaty Developments

In February 2019, the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission (the Commission), after extensive consultation with the Aboriginal community, announced the model for the independent organisation which will support Aboriginal communities to negotiate treaty. The democratically elected representative body will be known as the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. Find out more

The Commission last month released the dates for the election of the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, which will decide – along with the Victorian Government – the ‘ground rules’ for Treaty negotiations, including what is on the negotiating table. In response to community feedback the Commission later adjusted the timeframe so that more people can participate.

Timetable:

  • May 10: Electoral roll enrolment opens
  • May 27: Candidate nominations open
  • Friday 16 August: Candidate nominations close
  • Monday 16 September: Voting opens
  • Sunday 20 October: Voting closes

The Assembly will be made up of Victorian traditional owners, elected by Aboriginal people in Victoria. Find out more

Enrol and nominate now via the Assembly website

Reconciliation Victoria’s Treaty Engagement Project

In 2018 Reconciliation Victoria collaborated with the Treaty Commission and local councils on a series of Regional Roadshows across Victoria, building community support and engaging non-Aboriginal Victorians to support the Treaty process.
Our project involves developing resources to encourage and support deeper local conversations with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria

Host a Local Treaty Conversation – Small Grants Available

Following on from the first phase of our Treaty Engagement Project, this second phase of work involves developing resources to
encourage and support deeper local conversations with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria around the State.  

As part of this work, we will support 10 local facilitators to
host 10 Local Treaty Conversations across metro and regional Victoria. 
These local conversations will be supported by Session Resources, including a Facilitator Guide, and Small Grants to cover expenses.  

We encourage Local Reconciliation and Community Groups to host Local Treaty Conversations and if needed, apply for a small grant to cover event expenses. To find out more about Small Grants,
including eligibility and grant requirements,

If you are interested in hosting a Local Treaty Conversation contact the office on 9016 0657 or email damian.okeefe@reconciliationvic.org.au

Reconciliation Victoria’s Treaty Engagement Project has had a strong response, with the first of our Local Treaty Conversations run by Banyule Council and broadcast live by 3KND during National Reconciliation Week having attracted well over 100 people.  The next forum on June 13, organised by Darebin Council has been booked out. Watch this space for announcements of future local events.

To learn more broadly about Treaty, including information about the roadshows, the Treaty Commission and other Aboriginal perspectives on Treaty, please visit our Treaty page.

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.

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