As the momentous move towards a treaty between governments and indigenous Australians advanced a step further at this year’s Uluru convention, Victoria continues to lead the way in both policy and practical steps on the road to self-determination.
After Premier Andrews committed the Victorian Government to supporting self-determination in his 2015 Closing the Gap speech, some significant steps were quickly made. The transfer of substantial housing stock to Aboriginal Housing Victoria, as well as the implementation of Aboriginal guardianship for children in out-of-home care and the reintroduction of traditional burning practices in central Victoria, have all shown our State making significant progress in putting self-determination into practice. Treaty negotiations and planning with Aboriginal Victorians have seen three state-wide forums and extensive community consultations in recent years, and the last state budget committed significant resources to continuing this work.
This Thought Leadership session will be hosted by Ian Hamm, one of Australia’s longest-serving Aboriginal public sector leaders, and will feature a presentation from Jason Mifsud, the highly respected Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria.
A panel discussion will look at what a treaty might contain and how it will change the relationship between government and Aboriginal Victorians. Participants will have the opportunity to join smaller breakout groups to identify the frameworks that need to be in place to support the journey towards self-determination.
And we’ll close with what promises to be a no-holds-barred discussion on the importance of self-determination – what it will mean for the planning and delivery of public services, and what individual public sector employees can do to improve the lives of Aboriginal Victorians.
9.00am-10.15am: Session part one
10.15am-10.45am: Morning tea break
10.45am-12.30pm: Session part two