Voice Referendum Events 2023

Voice Referendum Events 2023

Attend an event in Victoria to engage with and learn more about a First Nations Voice to Parliament and upcoming Referendum.

This page has Rec Vic, Local Reconciliation Group, Local Government and community events across Victoria.

You can also find events via Yes23.

Visit our Voice to Parliament page for information and resources.

Upcoming Event:

AFL Grand Final Eve YES 

When: Friday 29 September, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Northcote Social Club

Join Councillor Emily Dimitriadis of the City of Darebin for a special event to celebrate football, soccer and the YES referendum!

Guest speakers include Craig Foster AM, Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Andrew Gardiner, Majak Daw, and Aunty Jill Gallagher AO.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Maria Dimopoulos AM and a special performance from Rec Vic Co-chair and Didgeridoo player Uncle Shane Charles.

Register here.

Voice for Monash
First Nations Voice to Parliament Community Information Night

When: Wednesday 4 October, 7pm to 8:30pm  
Where: Warragul Exhibition Hall. 15 Howitt St, Warragul

Join Voices for Monash, for a community information forum on the Voice to Parliament with guest speakers:  

  • Rueben Berg, Gunditjmara man and Co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria  
  • Aunty Cheryl Drayton, local Kurnai Elder and VACL Treasurer/Director
  • Professor Melissa Castan, Constitutional law expert  
  • Professor Andrew Gunstone, Co-Chair Reconciliation Victoria; Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Reconciliation, Federation University  

Download the flyer or RSVP here.

Local Reconciliation Group Events

Borooondara Reconciliation Group
Voice information sessions

When: Tuesday 5 -Thursday 28 September
Where: Balwyn, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Online

Boroondara Reconciliation Network are hosting information sessions on the referendum for local residents to learn more about the referendum. Multiple sessions are taking place in September, face to face and online.

Knowledgeable facilitators will guide these discussions offering a safe and welcome space for all participants.

Find out more.

Bendigo Reconciliation Committee
Voice to Parliament Community Forum

When: Wednesday 4 October, 6pm - 7:30pm
Where: Bendigo Trades Hall

Bendigo Reconciliation Committee is hosting a second Voice to Parliament - Community Forum featuring a panel discussion with local First Nations people and Elders.

Discussion will focus on the journey to the Voice to Parliament and will look at the Uluru Statement from the Heart, First Nations Voice to Parliament as well as all aspects of the upcoming referendum and various campaigns.

Register here

Download and share the flyer.

Local Government Events

Banyule City Council
Voice Referendum Community engagement

When: Sunday 8 October, 2pm - 3:30pm

Where: Community Rooms, Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub

Come and hear differing views, and to ask questions, to understand all aspects of the upcoming referendum and the First Nations Voice to Parliament.

Banyule City Council are hosting the  3rd community engagement session following their endorsement of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in December 2022.

This event supports council's commitment to information share about the upcoming referendum and top ensure the community is informed.

Register here.

City of Greater Geelong
Voice to Parliament Community Conversation Forum

When: Saturday 30 September,2-4pm

Where: Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct,137-149 Mercer Street Geelong, VIC 3220

Engage in a dynamic community dialogue about the Voice to Parliament, where we can collectively share insights and deepen our understanding.

This event is a prime opportunity for an enriching exchange of perspectives.

To ensure a robust and inclusive discussion, all are welcome. Diverse viewpoints contribute to a more comprehensive exploration of the subject.

Register here

Kingston City Council
Voice to Parliament Community Conversations

Kingston City Council are hosting a series of information sessions to provide an opportunity for the community to be informed about the Voice Referendum. Learn about the Voice to Parliament and hear from highly esteemed local Aboriginal community members. Each session includes time for questions from participants and an opportunity for discussion.  

Sessions with Uncle Charles Pakana (Palawa)
Founder and editor at Victorian Aboriginal News.

When: Saturday 7 October, 2.00-3.30pm
Where: Patterson Lakes CommunityCentre, 54-70 Thompson Road, Patterson Lakes

Sessions with Reuben Berg
Proud Gunditjmara man and elected Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria

When: Tuesday 3 October, 7.00-8.00pm
Where: Clarinda Community Centre, 58Viney Street, Clarinda

When: Wednesday 4 October, 11am - 12pm
Where: Clarinda Community Centre, 58Viney Street, Clarinda

More information all sessions.

Community Events in Victoria

Dance for Yes by Initiatives of Change Australia (IofC)

Sunday 1 October, 4 - 7 PM
226 Kooyong Rd, Toorak

Initiatives of Change Australia are continuing their support for the Voice to Parliamant and upcoming referendum.

Join IofC for a free family-friendly event, open to all people who will come together for YES.

Connect to country through dance, with DJ Hong Starr on the decks and guided bySoph from POHSS Studio.
Join in the fun andpositive vibes in this eclectic music mix garden dance party.

Games and chill out spaces will also be on offer. BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Register here

Understanding the Voice to Parliament
Naarm Law Students on Voice

When: Wednesday 4 October, 6.45pm

Where: Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Street, Coburg

Come along to a neutral educational session to learn more about The Voice Referendum. There will also be time for a Q&A session following the presentation.

Topics covered will include:

·       A "Crash Course" on the Constitution and Amendments to it

·       A brief history of the proposed Voice Amendment

·       What the Ballot looks like and an explanation of the Amendment.

·       What happens if the amendment passes

Register here

YES 23 Events

Many events are taking place nation-wide in support of Yes 23.

Find an event near you via Yes23.

Reconciliation Victoria banner at the Walk for Yes Naarm, Sunday 17 September.

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

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