This design issues report has been produced for the Referendum Council to identify the broad parameters of a First Nations Voice that may be enshrined in the Australian Constitution in a Referendum of the Australian people. The Referendum Council requested the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership to outline its ideas, and this is our final report.
This report does not propose a design of such a Voice, but rather seeks to identify the design issues that face the consideration and development of such an institution.
This report is intended to present preliminary ideas, issues, research and analysis to inform future discussion. It does not seek to present any definitive conclusions, but rather explores high-level issues. The report comprises the ideas and views of the Cape York Institute, and do not purport to represent the views of any other group or organization. It does not represent the views of the Referendum Council or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.