Topic: Aboriginal affairs

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Special Minister of State

Koorie Excellence Recognised In Education And Training

The Andrews Labor Government in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association has recognised leaders in Koorie education and employment with the announcement of the winners at the 2019 Wurreker Awards. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney last night congratulated the nominees and winners of the annual awards in Northcote, which […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Training and Skills

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Boost For Men’s Residential Healing Program

A successful residential diversion program for Aboriginal male offenders is set to be expanded thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today announced an additional $440,000 for the Ngarra Jarranounith Place program. The funding will enable Aboriginal service provider Dardi Munwurro to open a third residential property in Melbourne’s north. It […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Corrections

New Health-Based Response To Public Drunkenness

The Andrews Labor Government will decriminalise public drunkenness and replace it with a health-based response, in order to provide vulnerable Victorians with appropriate help and support. Abolishing the offence of public drunkenness was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, almost 30 years ago, and has been reiterated by numerous […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Ministers

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs