Topic: Aboriginal affairs

Statement From The Minister For Families And Children

The Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Andrew Jackomos, has advised the Government that he will not seek reappointment when his current term ends next year. Mr Jackomos was appointed in July 2013 as the first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, after 30 years’ experience in the public sector. He was awarded […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

History Made As Victoria Takes Next Steps Toward Treaty

Taungurung Traditional Owner Mick Harding has become the first Aboriginal person in history to address the Victorian Cabinet. Mr Harding is Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group and, together with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins, presented an update to Cabinet on the work towards a Treaty with Victoria’s Traditional Owners. The […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Review To Assist Traditional Owner Groups

The Andrews Labor Government is working to improve the process for Traditional Owner groups seeking to negotiate native title claims. Barrister and member of the Yuin people, Tim Goodwin, has been appointed to review the threshold stage under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010. The threshold stage requires Traditional Owner groups to demonstrate their traditional […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Next Stage Of Aboriginal Housing Handover Commences

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to advance self-determination for Aboriginal people through the ownership of housing by transferring another 470 properties to Aboriginal Housing Victoria. The properties were transferred to the organisation this month, giving it ownership and management responsibilities that will benefit its Aboriginal tenants. The gradual transfer of 1448 properties from the […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Creative Industries

$1.5 Million To Empower Koori Young People

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to programs to empower and re-engage Koori young people through camps, sporting activities, workshops and education. Across Victoria 25 projects had been given funding through the Labor Government’s Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants. These include: Ngwala Willumbong has been awarded $150,000 to provide […]

Categories: Media Release, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice

Celebrating The Return Of Traditional Burning

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today joined Aboriginal Elders from the Dja Dja Wurrung  community to hold a ceremony celebrating the historic return of traditional burning to their lands. In May this year two traditional burns — thought to be the first of their kind in some 170 years —  were […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

New Aboriginal Name For Ballarat Park

A new Aboriginal park name for Ballarat’s new 641ha regional park was announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Canadian Regional Park will be given the new name of Woowookarung Regional Park, to acknowledge the deep engagement of the Wadawurrung people with the park and local area. Woowookarung means ‘Place of Plenty’ which highlights […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Western Victoria Region

‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high pressure sales tactics and to inform them of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

Taking Action Against Aboriginal Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal people respond to family violence in their communities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened applications for the $650,000 Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiatives Fund. Successful applicants will use the funding to launch culturally appropriate projects in Aboriginal communities that reduce family violence through prevention […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

More Resources To Protect Victoria’s Aboriginal Heritage

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding protection of Victoria’s valuable Aboriginal heritage. To mark 2017 NAIDOC Week, the Labor Government will provide $4.7 million for Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) to employ ten new compliance officers. The compliance officers will be based in local RAP organisations and protect the more than 39,000 registered Aboriginal cultural heritage […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs