Still time to enrol and vote

By David Rak

Aboriginal Victorians can still vote – and enroll – to elect their chosen candidates in Victoria’s historic First People’s Assembly.

The assembly will be the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria and help lead discussions in the next phase of Victoria’s nation-leading treaty process.

It will be made up of 33 Victorian traditional land owners.

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission, led by Commissioner and Gunditjimara woman Jill Gallagher EO, is leading both the treaty process and the establishment of the assembly.

Working alongside the Victorian Government, the assembly will decide the ground rules for negotiations, set up an independent umpire for the treaty process and create a self-determination fund to support traditional owners throughout the process.

Enrollment is open for all traditional owners in Victoria and for Aboriginal people whose traditional country is outside Victoria if they have lived in Victoria for three of the past five years.

People aged 16 years and older are eligible to vote.

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