The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is reviewing the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan with a view to creating a broader future strategy.
DELWP is working with Aboriginal Victorians and councils to develop a more effective partnership approach through the Victorian Government's broader commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.
The review will explore how a future strategy can embed Aboriginal rights, culture, heritage, needs and aspirations into the critical work and functioning of local government.
An extensive consultation and engagement program is integral to ensuring that Aboriginal self-determination is at the core of a future strategy. As such, concurrent engagements with Aboriginal organisations, Traditional Owners and councils were completed in November 2019. Valuable in-depth interviews were conducted with Aboriginal Victorians and successful local government forums were held in Mildura, Shepparton, Colac, Morwell, Bendigo and Melbourne.
The strategy is now being developed, with an anticipated release in 2020.
Aboriginal community engagement
In-depth interviews were conducted with representatives from Traditional Owner Corporations, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Local Aboriginal Networks and the Koorie Youth Council.
Local government engagement
Six local government forums were held across Victoria. To ensure that Aboriginal Victorians were central to the engagements, the locations for the council forums were determined by using Traditional Owner boundaries while also seeking to maximise participation of local government. The forums were held in Mildura, Shepparton, Morwell, Colac, Bendigo and Melbourne.
An in-depth and detailed analysis of the findings and themes is being undertaken to develop the strategy.
Recommendations for the distribution, socialisation and implementation of the project will form part of the strategy.
This will be shared when the strategy is released.