Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has launched the second stage of the Indigenous Voice co-design process, inviting all Australians to provide their feedback and comments on the proposals.
Consultation will run over the next four months, with many ways for people to have their say. “Today marks a significant milestone in the very important process to consult on a Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Over the last 12 months, more than 52 members across three co-design groups have worked through options for what the Indigenous Voice might look like and how it might operate.
“Together with group members, we are now seeking feedback so they can refine their final recommendations to Government. All Australians are invited to have their say and further shape the proposals.
“I want to ensure the voices of all 800,000 Indigenous Australians can be heard. The more people that provide their feedback, the greater chance we have to refine the best possible options and set up structures that enjoy long-term success.”
The proposals presented to Government for an Indigenous voice will provide a mechanism for Indigenous Australians in communities around the country to have a direct say on matters to improve their lives.
Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Voice Senior Advisory Group, Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO and Professor Tom Calma AO said it’s important that all Australians be given the opportunity to engage in the process.
“These proposals are not finished. Now it’s time for everyone to consider them and provide comment so that we can put a well consulted final proposal to Government. Your feedback will help us make sure the final proposal is one that can work for all Australians,” Professor Langton said.
“There’s lots of ways to engage in the process over the coming months. We’ll deliver consultations flexibly, adapting to COVID-19 restrictions as needed to ensure safe discussions are held across the country. The Interim Report to the Australian Government, a discussion paper and other resources are now available online, and community consultations will be held this year,” Professor Calma said.
Minister Wyatt said that the Government is delivering on its election commitment to co-design options for an Indigenous Voice and improve local and regional decision-making.
“The Government has not reached any conclusions around the options presented in the report and is conscious that the consultation period is an important component of the process.
“The Government is particularly interested in ensuring that any Voice structure in its final form leads to a greater say for Indigenous Australians on matters that affect them and real changes on the ground. It will also ensure there is a shared responsibility for dealing with these matters – not only with jurisdictions but with Indigenous Australians as well.”
You can provide feedback and find out more about consultations at https://voice.niaa.gov.au.
The Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report and other resources to support people in responding are also available on the website.