To mark the beginning of Reconciliation Week Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell today officially opened nominations for the annual Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.
"It is fitting that the opening of nominations for this year's Honour Roll coincides with the beginning of Reconciliation Week," Mrs Powell said.
"Recognition of Indigenous achievement is an important component of Reconciliation and the Honour Roll celebrates Indigenous Victorians who have made significant contributions to our society.
"The Honour Roll brings greater understanding to our community by casting a light on lives of achievement, commitment and sacrifice that were often previously ignored or under-valued.
"It is important that Victorians learn more about many of our remarkable and exceptional Aboriginal Victorians, and that future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Victorians have suitable role models."
"Earlier this year the Premier and I had the great pleasure of announcing the Honour Roll's 20 inaugural inductees, whose collective story was moving and inspiring.
"I know there are many others out there who also deserve this recognition and I urge everyone to think about whether they know an Indigenous Victorian who should be considered for inclusion on the Honour Roll," Mrs Powell said.
To be eligible for the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll, nominees will have made, or are making, an important and lasting contribution that benefits their community, the State, the country or beyond.
Nominations may be submitted to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria by 20 July 2012.
Nomination forms are available online at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/indigenoushonourroll or by contacting Aboriginal Affairs Victoria on (03) 9280 3260