Category: Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Investing In Aboriginal Community Infrastructure

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal communities by boosting and investing in local infrastructure. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced eight projects across the state that will share in more than $3 million as part of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure program. It covers three new builds, three upgrades and two feasibility studies, […]

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Supporting Aboriginal Students Starting Year Nine & Ten

Four young Aboriginal Victorians have received a $5,000 scholarship to fulfil their schooling dreams thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The inaugural Aunty Dot Peters Award supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to complete Years 9 and 10 at a Victorian secondary school. The $5,000 scholarship can be used to pay for schooling-related expenses […]

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Supporting All Traditional Owners Along The Journey

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by ensuring Traditional Owner groups are engaging in formal recognition and Treaty processes. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced $950,000 a year for three years under the Strong Roots for Our Futures program. The program is about ensuring that Traditional Owners not formally recognised under various […]

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Returning Cultural Land To Aboriginal Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by releasing full ownership of five properties back to the Aboriginal Victorian community. When the First Mortgage and Community Infrastructure program first opened, there were 59 properties owned by Aboriginal organisations but also subject to a first mortgage held by the Minister. This was part of a funding […]

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Calling For Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council Members

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting Victorian Traditional Owners to apply for positions on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. The council’s membership is made up exclusively of Victorian Traditional Owners. Its role is to strengthen understanding and respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage within the Victorian community, while ensuring responsibility for heritage sits with Traditional Owners. […]

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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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