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Indigenous Voice

The Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Final Report to the Australian Government is now available. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback through the process. 

Overview

On 30 October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the start of the Indigenous Voice co-design process.

Through stage one of the co-design process three co-design groups, comprising 52 members from around the country, worked together to develop the detail of what an Indigenous Voice could look like and how it could work.

Stage two involved public consultation and engagement around the country on the proposals. There were a range of methods for all Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, to have their say – including via survey, submissions, and in online and face to face consultation sessions.

More than 9,400 people, communities and organisations participated in the consultation process, which marks as one of the most significant engagements with the Australian community on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs in recent history.

The co-design groups considered the feedback to refine the proposals and recommendations in their Indigenous Voice Co-design Final Report to the Australian Government, which was presented the Australian Government in late July 2021.

Next steps

As set out in the Final Report, the Australian Government has agreed the next step is establishing Local & Regional Voices, which will need to work with all levels of government to be effective.

The Australian Government will now begin discussions with state and territory governments and the Australian Local Government Association. Their involvement will be essential to the success of Local & Regional Voices.

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