Supporting self-determination and Treaty

If we are to achieve genuine equality for Aboriginal people, our action must be led by Aboriginal people.

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It’s why, over the past four years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $370 million to ensure Aboriginal Victorians are at the heart of decision-making.

We are leading the nation, as the first state in Australia to enter into formal Treaty negotiations with Aboriginal people.

Progressing the treaty and self-determination process

This year's Budget continues that work, providing $30.4 million for the next stage of the Treaty and self-determination process, as part of a $109 million investment to close the gap and prioritise Aboriginal culture and heritage.

This includes the establishment of the First Peoples’ Assembly, as well as investments to ensure Traditional Owners are supported and skilled throughout the Treaty negotiation process.

Supporting Aboriginal children and families

This Budget invests $23.6 million to continue our commitment to self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians regarding decision making and care for Aboriginal children and families, with:

  • $13.6 million to further support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to care for Aboriginal children and their families
  • $10 million to strengthen Aboriginal children’s connection with culture and community, including a new Aboriginal kinship-finding service

Protecting and preserving culture and heritage

We’re also working alongside Aboriginal communities as they protect and preserve their culture and heritage.

The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invests $660,000 to train teachers for Aboriginal language programs in our schools and kindergartens, ensuring these precious languages are being shared with the next generation.

A further $5.7 million will go towards preserving and promoting Aboriginal heritage, including completing the Budj Bim Master Plan, recognising the significance of Hanging Rock to Traditional Owners and developing Aboriginal heritage landscape management plans.

Media release

Strengthening Aboriginal Self-Determination

Reviewed 27 May 2019

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