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Victorian Aboriginal and local government strategy 2021–2026

Pathway to stronger partnerships
Government relations with First Peoples Local government Aboriginal people (Australia) Victoria

This strategy document has been prepared for Victorian councils. It serves as a practical guide for councils across Victoria to help embed the voices and priorities of Aboriginal communities at a local government level. It is centred on seven strategic pillars:

  1. Culture, respect and trust
  2. Awareness and engagement
  3. Accountability and direction
  4. Governance and participation
  5. Economic participation
  6. Health and wellbeing
  7. Resourcing and funding

The strategy recommends actions for local governments, the Victorian government and Aboriginal communities that progress Aboriginal self-determination and reconciliation. It has been developed to support alignment of the local government sector with the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023, the Victorian Treaty process, the Victorian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan and the work of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission.

The strategy includes a clear framework for shared decision-making processes and actions for Aboriginal Victorians working together with local government based on mutual control, shared power and decision-making, fairness, respect, and trust.


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