The Victorian Government recognises that the Aboriginal peoples of Victoria never ceded sovereignty and that Treaties are necessary to address the wrongdoings of the past. Treaties are an opportunity to redefine the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians.
The Treaty Advancement Commissioner (Jill Gallagher AO) is currently speaking with Aboriginal peoples about their aspirations in community gatherings across the state. The role of the Treaty Advancement Commissioner has not been to negotiate treaty but rather to maintain the momentum of the treaty process.
The Treaty Advancement Commissioner is also responsible for establishing the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, whose role is to lay down the 'ground rules' for Treaty negotiations. Victoria is responsible for Australia’s first ever treaty law, Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018.
What more can you do?
- Sign up for newsletters from the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
- If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in Victoria, you could enrol to vote for the inaugural First Peoples Assembly
- Write to Minister Aboriginal Affairs The Hon Gavin Jennings MP to state your support
- Write to Shadow Minister The Hon Peter Walsh MP to state your support