We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians 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.
Many Victorian local governments are leading the way in reconciliation according to the Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey.
Reconciliation with Australia’s traditional owners is an outcome we strive for.
We advocate for a whole-of-government framework for Aboriginal affairs.
Our advice can help councils ensure that local government structures, planning processes and service provisions are relevant and accessible to Aboriginal people.
More and more councils are developing Aboriginal engagement plans and strategies.
An article published in CiVic magazine in 2014, highlighted the importance of the reconciliation process and the practical ways councils can get involved.