The Voice to Parliament referendum will be held on Saturday 14 October.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the official date for the referendum when Australians will cast their vote on whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
On referendum day, voters will be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' on a single question. The question on the ballot paper will be:
“A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
Do you approve this proposed alteration?”
At a press conference on Wednesday 30 August in Adelaide, the PM stated the role of First Peoples in the journey to the Voice to Parliament saying:
“The idea for a Voice has come from the people and will be decided by the people.”
The Voice referendum is the first of its kind, and the result will be decided on state results, not the national vote. For the Voice to pass, a referendum needs a majority of the national vote, and a majority of votes in the majority of states.
Yes 23 campaign developments have been active across the country since being launched in South Australia on 23 March, and SA is the first state to enact the Voice legalisation on a state level.
In Victoria, the Yes campaign is supported by the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Yoorrook Justice Commission, the Aboriginal Advancement League, and many more First Nations’ organisations and community groups.
Reconciliation Victoria supports the tireless work of First Nations leaders, academics, and community groups who have brought us to the journey today.
We believe enshrining a First Nations’ Voice in the constitution will be a significant step towards self-determination, reconciliation and recognition for First Peoples.
We also recognise strong allies that are working in support of First Peoples seeking a constitutionally recognised Voice to Parliament.
In line with Truth-telling and Treaty developments in Victoria, the Voice is the next necessary step towards progress for a reconciled future.