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Aboriginal affairs

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the land and we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

We support local government’s capacity and knowledge to strengthen relationships with Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and for it to encourage greater unity, knowledge and respect for the first occupants of our land – through its strong community links and local representation.

Aboriginal employment in local government

We encourage Aboriginal Australians to work in Victorian local government. We are participating in the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Employment Start-up for Aboriginal Jobseekers Program, which is being undertaken by the Indigenous Economic Development Unit, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

In partnership with Hays, suitable Aboriginal candidates are being sourced to work in local government. See: Council jobs for aboriginal people.

We are developing tools and advice for councils about ways they can better attract and retain Aboriginal employees. We are also developing links with Aboriginal organisations to alert them to potential jobs in local government.

For further information email Lidia Thorpe.


Aboriginal employment resources

External resources

Contact us

Lidia Thorpe
Aboriginal Employment Project
9667 5561

Rosemary Hancock
MAV Local Government Indigenous Network
9667 5520

The terms Aboriginal and Indigenous are used interchangeably through this website to describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people generally. "Koories" is a word commonly used to refer to Aboriginal people who come from south-eastern Australia. There is no strict way of spelling it, with Koori or Koorie commonly used.