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Referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a referendum will be held in this term of Parliament to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Australian Constitution.

On 30 July 2022, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced draft words for a constitutional amendment on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. He also proposed a draft question to be put to the Australian people at a referendum.

The draft words to be added to the Constitution are:

  1. There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
  2. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to Parliament and the Executive Government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  3. The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

The draft referendum question is:

"Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?"

These words will form the basis for further consultation with both First Nations people and the broader Australian public.

The Government will work with First Nations leaders to settle referendum details, including timing.

If you have any questions please contact Referendum@niaa.gov.au