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Aboriginal affairs





CiVic, the MAV local government magazine, has featured a front page and middle page spread on the importance of the reconciliation process and the practical ways councils can get involved.
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We support local government’s capacity and knowledge to strengthen relationships with Victoria’s Indigenous communities.

Local government, through its strong community links and local representation, is ideally placed to provide leadership in strengthening relationships with Indigenous Australians.

Reconciliation with Australia’s traditional owners is an outcome we strive for.

We advocate a whole-of-government framework for Indigenous issues and encourage positive relationships to be developed between local government and Indigenous communities throughout Victoria.

Our advice can help councils ensure that local government structures, planning processes and service provisions are relevant and accessible to Indigenous people.

Councils can encourage greater unity, knowledge and respect for the first occupants of our land by developing partnership opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Constitutional recognition

The expert panel on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians released its final report, Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution, in January 2012.

We support the Australian Government holding a referendum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Victorian local government Aboriginal projects

We have participated in the development of research about local government’s Aboriginal initiatives and activities in Victoria.

See: Victorian local government Aboriginal projects

Aboriginal employment in local government

We are keen to encourage Indigenous Australians to work in Victorian local government. We're currently participating in the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Employment Broker Program which is being undertaken by the Indigenous Economic Development Unit, Department of Business and Innovation. We are developing tools and advice for councils about ways they can better attract and retain Indigenous employees. We're also developing links with Indigenous organisations to alert them to potential jobs in local government.

For further information email Rosemary Hancock at

Aboriginal heritage

We support the preservation and protection of Victorian Aboriginal heritage.

We advocate on behalf of Victorian councils to ensure their interests are also taken into account in any changes that are proposed by the Australian or Victorian Governments.

For more information visit: Aboriginal heritage

MAV Local Government Indigenous Network

The MAV Local Government Indigenous Network is an e-network of councillors and council officers interested in promoting Indigenous issues within local government.

Current Victorian councillors and council officers can join the network's mailing list by emailing Rosemary Hancock at