Referendum on a First Nation’s Voice
In March 2023, the Federal Government announced the wording for the constitutional amendment, referendum question and design principles for the First Nations Voice.
This question is what the Australian people will be asked at the referendum for a First Nations Voice. So… “Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?”
To provide the community with the information needed to make an informed decision, we have launched our Voice series, answering frequently asked questions and showing how a First Nations Voice will support Traditional Owners. We’ve also produced an easy to read Fact Sheet, download it here.
If you have a question, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or through our socials.
The Voice is a proposed body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who would advise the Government and Parliament on policies and laws that practically and culturally affect First Peoples.
It will give First Peoples the opportunity to create better outcomes and for First Peoples to be recognised in Australia’s Constitution.
The only way to change the Australian Constitution is by holding a referendum. This means that the constitution cannot be altered without ‘the approval of the people’.
For a Voice to be successful it’s vital that it isn’t easily dismantled.
Having it written into the Australian Constitution means it will be protected from changes of government.
In the lead-up to the Referendum on a First Nations Voice, we’re here to answer any questions that First Nations Communities and the general public have – such as whether a Voice will affect sovereignty (it won’t).
A First Nations Voice will ensure First Peoples and their Communities have a say on the laws and policies that directly impact them, which will mean better outcomes that will help close the gap.
The details for the First Nations Voice do not belong in the Constitution as the bill to hold a referendum is traditionally done first.
Once the referendum has taken place, the final shape and composition of the Voice will be decided by Parliament with input from First Peoples.
The Voice model and its details will be legislated after the referendum, thus enabling flexibility over time to make improvements.