Category: Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Making History As First Peoples’ Assembly Declared

Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly will hold its historic inaugural meeting at Parliament House this week, marking an important milestone on the path to Treaty. The Assembly is the first democratically-elected body of Aboriginal Victorians in the state’s history and has been tasked with establishing the framework that will support future Treaty negotiations, in partnership with […]

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Honouring Our Outstanding Aboriginal Victorians

A teacher, an opera singer and a community radio presenter are among 10 Aboriginal Victorians acclaimed for their tireless work on the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll. Set up in 2011, the Roll was established to pay tribute to outstanding Victorians who have made a difference in the Aboriginal community. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings […]

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Statement From Minister Gavin Jennings

We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Aunty Dorothy ‘Dot’ Peters. She was a much-loved mother and grandmother. And as a champion for reconciliation, she changed this state for the better. Each year on 31 May, we gather at the Shrine of Remembrance to pay tribute to the Aboriginal men and women who […]

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Recognising Young Aboriginal Achievers At Ricci Marks

Victoria’s youngest registered Aboriginal psychologist and a climate change advocate have taken out the top gongs at the Ricci Marks Awards, which recognise outstanding young Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At a ceremony at Melbourne Museum, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings named Ashley Paxton and Staycee Charles as this year’s Ricci Marks […]

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Helping Traditional Owner Groups Prepare For Treaty

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting all Traditional Owners in Victoria to prepare for treaty and to pave the path forwards for future treaty negotiations. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced a treaty readiness funding package of $13.6 million over two years, which will give equitable and flexible support to Traditional Owners in […]

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Investing In Aboriginal Community Infrastructure

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal organisations by helping fund new building projects, repair works or maintenance. Aboriginal groups are invited to apply for the third round of the $14.6 million Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, delivering the facilities and equipment they need to support their communities. Groups can apply under three different categories for […]

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Working With Aboriginal Communities For A Shared Future

The Andrews Labor Government has kicked off the first ever Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll NAIDOC Exhibition in celebration of NAIDOC Week. The inaugural exhibition celebrates the extraordinary contribution Aboriginal Elders have and continue to make to Victoria, with special installations now available to view in Queens Hall at Parliament House until Friday, 12 July. The […]

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World Heritage Listing For Historic Budj Bim Region

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the long-awaited listing of Budj Bim on the World Heritage List, making it the first Australian site to be recognised exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values. Supported by the Victorian and Federal Government, Gunditjmara Traditional Owners travelled to Baku in Azerbaijan to attend the World Heritage Committee meeting and […]

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Budj Bim One Step Away From World Heritage List

One of Victoria’s most treasured Aboriginal heritage sites, Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, is now just one step away from a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Overnight in Paris, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, which works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world, officially recommended World Heritage status […]

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Creating A Powerful Voice For Aboriginal Victorians On Treaty

From today, Aboriginal Victorians can enrol to elect their chosen candidates in Victoria’s first – and historic – First People’s Assembly. The Assembly will be the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria and help lead discussions in the next phase of Victoria’s nation-leading Treaty process. It will be made up of 33 Victorian Traditional Land Owners, […]

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