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Amplifying Traditional Owner voices in the media, raising Traditional Owner concerns through advocacy and celebrating Traditional Owner vision through policy is at the core of our work.

We do this through publications, media and engagement.

Discussion Papers

The development of the Federation’s treaty Discussion Papers was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) to support Aboriginal Victorians with the transition to treaty.

The Federation released six papers, developed to align with the insights and questions posed during Traditional Owner treaty engagement meetings.

The discussion papers successfully stimulate ideas, discussion and debate about treaty and agreement making in Victoria.

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Annual Reports

The Federation publishes its financial statements detailing the group’s financial performance and that of its subsidiary companies.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting standards, and as a registered charity, the Federation is subject to regulation by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission.

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Media Statements

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Strategic Plans

The Federation is the Victorian state-wide body that convenes and advocates for the rights and interests of Traditional Owners while progressing wider social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives.

We support the progress of agreement-making and participation in decision-making to enhance the authority of Traditional Owner Corporations on behalf of their communities. Together, our joint purpose is to facilitate and amplify a strong voice for Traditional Owners and progress our shared interests.

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Traditional Owners have sustainably managed the Murray-Darling cultural landscape for millennia. 

Theres a lot of debate and complexity about who owns water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin.

In our letter last week to Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, the Federation presented a pragmatic solution: buy back water entitlements, then immediately hand them over to Traditional Owner groups – whose stewardship of water brings clear economic, cultural and environmental benefits, not just one or another.

Returning decision-making over water to Traditional Owner groups is not only the right thing to do – its the avenue that will maximise benefits for everyone.

READ MORE | bit.ly/3LkHgsh

Tanya Plibersek Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Traditional Owners have sustainably managed the Murray-Darling cultural landscape for millennia.

There's a lot of debate and complexity about who owns water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin.

In our letter last week to Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, the Federation presented a pragmatic solution: buy back water entitlements, then immediately hand them over to Traditional Owner groups – whose stewardship of water brings clear economic, cultural and environmental benefits, not just one or another.

Returning decision-making over water to Traditional Owner groups is not only the right thing to do – it's the avenue that will maximise benefits for everyone.

READ MORE | bit.ly/3LkHgsh

Tanya Plibersek Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
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🔥 NAIDOC Week community march 2024 🔥

We were glad to walk with an estimated 10,000 people at this years NAIDOC Week community march on Wurundjeri biik – honouring the resilience, achievement and spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

#KeepTheFireBurning #blakloudandproud Victorian Naidoc

🔥 NAIDOC Week community march 2024 🔥

We were glad to walk with an estimated 10,000 people at this year's NAIDOC Week community march on Wurundjeri biik – honouring the resilience, achievement and spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

#KeepTheFireBurning #blakloudandproud Victorian Naidoc
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We’ve consistently argued true self-determination can’t be achieved without economic independence.

That’s why we were pleased to share our views with the parliamentary inquiry into what’s required to see economic independence and opportunities for First Nations peoples.

When we talk about economic independence, we make a distinction between the ‘Aboriginal economy’ – jobs and businesses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – and the ‘First Nations economy’, or the value of communally held and traded rights, which bring benefit to the collective (or Nation) as a whole.

Our submission to the inquiry covers:

📍 the direct link between a strong First Nations economy and achieving collective self-determination 
📍 the importance of a rights-based approach to economic development in seeing greater economic opportunity for all First Nations peoples
📍 the role (and risk) of treaty in creating opportunities for Traditional Owner groups to secure economic rights, but equally for government to delay reform in anticipation of treaty
📍 how the Federation’s work program embeds Traditional Owners groups’ rights and interests and supports groups to see and harness opportunities for future economic development.

READ MORE | https://bit.ly/4cZsl2t

Senator Jana Stewart Parliament House Canberra Linda Burney

We’ve consistently argued true self-determination can’t be achieved without economic independence.

That’s why we were pleased to share our views with the parliamentary inquiry into what’s required to see economic independence and opportunities for First Nations peoples.

When we talk about economic independence, we make a distinction between the ‘Aboriginal economy’ – jobs and businesses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – and the ‘First Nations economy’, or the value of communally held and traded rights, which bring benefit to the collective (or Nation) as a whole.

Our submission to the inquiry covers:

📍 the direct link between a strong First Nations economy and achieving collective self-determination
📍 the importance of a rights-based approach to economic development in seeing greater economic opportunity for all First Nations peoples
📍 the role (and risk) of treaty in creating opportunities for Traditional Owner groups to secure economic rights, but equally for government to delay reform in anticipation of treaty
📍 how the Federation’s work program embeds Traditional Owners groups’ rights and interests and supports groups to see and harness opportunities for future economic development.

READ MORE |

Senator Jana Stewart Parliament House Canberra Linda Burney
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