In conducting its inquiry, the Committee is required by its resolution of appointment to:
- consider the recommendations of the Referendum Council (2017), the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017), the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015), and the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians (2012);
- examine the methods by which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are currently consulted and engaged on policies and legislation that affects them, and consider if and how self-determination can be advanced in a way that leads to greater local decision making, economic advancement, and improved social outcomes; and
- recommend options for constitutional change and any potential complementary legislative measures that meet the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and that will secure crossparty parliamentary support and the support of the Australian people.
The resolution of appointment requires the Committee to present to the Parliament an interim report on or before 30 July 2018 and a final report on or before 29 November 2018.
The interim report of the Committee outlines the context of the work of the Committee, provides a brief summary of evidence received to date, and informs stakeholders of the Committee’s intended process for further consultation prior to the presentation of the final report.