Candidate nominations for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria are open from 27 May 2019 until 16 August 2019 at 4:00pm.
To nominate as a candidate you must complete a nomination form.
You can download the form below or contact us on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289) to have a form sent to you.
Click here to download the candidate nomination form
The elections will be governed by the Election Rules. Candidates must ensure they have referred to and comply with the Election Rules before nominating.
You must ensure your completed and signed nomination is received by us by 4:00pm AEST on 16 August 2019
To stand as a candidate you must:
- be enrolled as a voter for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria elections
- be aged 18 or over by 16 September 2019
- be a Victorian Traditional Owner
- not be disqualified from acting as a director of a company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
- not be in prison, the subject of an order under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic) or restricted by bail, remand, parole or other legal mechanisms from travelling within Victoria.
- be able to participate fully in the activities of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, including its Board (if you wish to, or become a director of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria).
- provide us with any further information necessary to confirm your eligibility to stand as a candidate.
To submit your completed nomination and attachments:
Scan and email your completed nomination form with attachments to VTAC@austelect.com before 4:00pm AEST on 16 August 2019.
Submit by post
post the completed nomination form and attachments to the address below (no stamp required) to be received by us before 4:00pm AEST on 16 August 2019.
REPLY PAID 91908
PO Box 4218
FITZROY VIC 3065
Submit in person
hand deliver the completed nomination form and attachments, during business hours, to the address below before 4:00pm AEST on 16 August 2019:
3/19-35 Gertrude Street
Once you have submitted your nomination application we will:
- write to you to confirm we have received your nomination application (we aim to do this within two days where possible).
- provisionally publish on our website that you have nominated as a candidate. Note this may be before we have determined if the application complies with the requirements to stand as a candidate (provided your application is substantially complete).
- check your nomination application is complete and complies with the Election Rules.
- provide you with an application form for a National Police Record Check.
- seek confirmation from the organisation you nominate that you are a Victorian Traditional Owner.
- conduct a National Police Record Check and checks of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission banned and disqualified register and the National Personal Insolvency Index.
- notify you in writing if we accept or reject (based on the Election Rules) your nomination application once known. If your application is missing required information, or we believe you may not be eligible under the Election Rules, we will contact you. If we are required to reject your application, we will advise you of your option to seek a review of the decision under the Election Rules. You must respond in the deadline we give you.
- publish all accepted nominations prior to the voting period. We will distribute information about all candidates, including candidate statements, on our website, at polling places and to anyone who has requested to receive a postal vote or online vote.
Frequently asked questions
What will successful candidates do?
- Assembly members will be the voice of the Victorian Aboriginal community in the next stage of the Treaty process. They will ensure the views of all Aboriginal people living in their region are reflected in the development of the Treaty Negotiation Framework, Treaty Authority and Self‑Determination Fund. Members will be elected for a three-year term.
- Assembly members will not negotiate treaties for other peoples’ or groups’ land. The Assembly is not being established to negotiate treaty.
- It is expected that Assembly members will meet 4-6 times per year for 1-2 days at a time. At these meetings members will be asked to consider and make decisions for the Assembly, including the development of the Framework and the structure of the Treaty Authority and Self-Determination Fund. As discussions progress with government on these issues, they will set negotiation positions, and decide how to respond to government offers. They will also decide on the key activities of the Assembly, including how it continues to engage with community.
- In addition to meetings, Assembly members will be responsible for engaging with community in their regions. It is up to Assembly members how they best do this. However, it is likely to involve holding an open meeting in their region before each Assembly meeting, as well as being available to meet and communicate with community members in their region.
- If an Assembly member is not meeting their responsibilities, the Assembly may consider action, including in extreme cases removing them from office.
The voice of Elders is central to this process. Elected Assembly members will work closely with an Elders’ Voice. Consultations are currently taking place with Elders across the state to determine what this voice will look like. Elders are being asked to consider the best way they can engage with elected members such as by providing advice, resolving disputes, and/or providing input into key decisions.
Where can I get nomination documents?
- Online – firstpeoplesvic.org
- Contact us to request the documents be mailed to you
When can I nominate?
You need to nominate by 4pm (AEST) Friday 16 August 2019 to make the deadline for the 2019 election.
How can I submit my nomination?
You can submit your nomination pack by: scanning and emailing your completed nomination form with attachments to VTAC@austelect.com before 4pm (AEST) Friday 16 August 2019
posting the completed nomination form and attachments to the address below (no postage necessary) to be received by us before 4pm (AEST) Friday 16 August 2019
REPLY PAID 91908
PO Box 4218
FITZROY VIC 3065
hand delivering the completed nomination form and attachments during business hours to the address below before 4pm (AEST) Friday 16 August 2019:
3/19-35 Gertrude Street, FITZROY, Victoria 3065
What support will I receive as a candidate?
All candidates will have the option of accessing support for their campaigning provided by our providers in areas like printing, postage, and social media advertising to the value of at least $500. We will also provide messages to voters (that have opted in) on candidates’ behalf and provide free training covering campaign skills and scrutineering. This support is designed to improve candidates’ reach and communication with eligible voters in their region. We may further increase the amount offered to candidates once nominations close.
Following submission of your application, we will write to you with information on how to access this support and the relevant rules for the use of this support. Potential candidates should not make arrangements related to supported campaigning before speaking to us.
Which region can I nominate for?
You can stand as a candidate in either:
- the voting region where you live or
- the voting region where your traditional Country is (if different from where you live).
If you are elected, you will be responsible to all members of community living in that region.
The regions are not Traditional Owner regions and do not belong to any particular Traditional Owner group. There is Country of multiple Traditional Owner groups in each voting region.
You may only vote in the region where you currently live.
Do I have to live in Victoria?
Assembly members are not required to live in Victoria, however, they must be able to meet the role requirements, including attending meetings and being regularly available to communities in the region to which they are elected.
Members will be able to use their travel and engagement allowance for official travel within Victoria. This is not available for travel outside of Victoria, including to attend meetings of the Assembly, even if a representative lives outside of the state.
How will candidates be elected?
The election will be held 16 September – 20 October 2019.
Voters will be able to vote by post, online and at polling stations across the state.
When they enrol, voters will nominate whether they wish to receive an online or postal ballot. Their preference can be changed later.
During the voting period, eligible voters will also be able to enrol and vote on the same day, either online or at polling stations.
How are votes counted?
Voters are required to number boxes on the ballot paper/screen in order of their preferences. They number ‘1’ for their most preferred candidate then ‘2’ next to their second most preferred candidate etc.
Candidates need to reach a quota of votes to be elected based on the number of positions in their region and votes cast.
At as basic level, if a candidate does not reach the quota after the first round of counting, then the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated. The votes for that candidate are then redistributed according to the second preferences of voters for that candidate. Once a candidate reaches the quota, they are elected and a value of the additional votes for them are distributed to other candidates. This process then continues until the number of candidates that have reached the quota matches the number of seats up for election. There is more detail about how this system works in the Election Rules.
This system for counting votes is called the ‘single transferable vote’ system.
How will community know who is running?
We will publish details of candidates within each region to help voters make informed choices. You can view a provisional list here (note this list includes applications that are still be assessed to ensure compliance with the Election Rules).
These will be in a listing that is available at polling places in each voting region, sent to all postal voters and available online (including on Facebook).
Details will include the names of the candidates for each region, each candidate’s statement and if they chose to provide them, a photo and contact details.
If a voter consents on their enrolment form, we may also provide them with messages from candidates, for example by post or email. We will never share a voter’s contact details directly with candidates.
How does the gender quota work?
The Assembly members for each region will include female or non-male identifying candidates.
At least 4 out of 9 seats in the metropolitan region, and 1 of the 3 seats in all other regions, will go to female or non-male identifying candidates.
The quota will apply after votes are counted if the minimum number of non-male candidates has not been elected.
If this occurs, we will redistribute the preferences of the elected male candidate with the fewest number of votes until they are replaced by a non-male candidate. We will provide candidates with more information on how this process works, you can also find further detail in the Election Rules.
How will successful candidates be supported?
Assembly members will receive a fixed annual payment (stipend) in recognition of their role and contribution. Assembly members will also receive financial support to cover costs related to attending meetings and engaging with community (like necessary travel and accommodation within Victoria). It is anticipated that Assembly members will be able to balance the responsibilities of the role with other employment and responsibilities. All members will be provided with administrative and secretariat support by Assembly staff.
How will the Assembly operate?
Executive and Chairs
At the first meeting of the Assembly in December 2019, members will elect an executive and Chairs. The two Chairs will not be the same gender.
Assembly representatives will elect an executive to guide and govern the Assembly. The executive will be expected to meet up to 12 times per year. The executive will implement the decisions of the Assembly, lead the direction of the Assembly, and serve as the board of the Corporation.
The Assembly will directly elect two members to serve as Chairs of the body. The Chairs will lead meetings of the executive and the Assembly, be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Assembly (working closely with the CEO), be the spokespersons for the Assembly, and have corporate responsibility as Chairs.
Members elected to the executive and as Chairs will be responsible to the Assembly for their performance and may be removed if the Assembly members agree that they are not meeting expectations.
In addition to the responsibilities of all members, including engaging with communities in the region that has elected them, executive members including the Chairs will need to attend more regular meetings, may be given portfolio responsibilities and will have corporate director responsibilities. They will receive the same travel and engagement allowance as all members.
Executive members will receive a stipend (annual payment) for their time. The commitments of executive members are expected to be able to be balanced with other employment or responsibilities. The role of Chairs is expected to be full-time.
These responsibilities will be set out in the Constitution of the Assembly, this will be available shortly.
How will this vote relate to the guaranteed Assembly seats?
The 12 formally recognised Traditional Owner groups in Victoria are each entitled to one guaranteed seat on the Assembly.
Of the 33 representatives in total who will sit on the Assembly, 21 are elected through the Assembly election. The other representatives (currently up to 12) will fill the guaranteed seats of recognised Traditional Owner groups. Representatives taking up general seats must work closely with the representatives taking up guaranteed seats, and vice versa.
Members of those organisations are also eligible to vote, and run as candidates, in the Assembly election.
The formally recognised Traditional Owner groups can nominate their representative before or after the election.
Representatives from the formally recognised Traditional Owner groups will be eligible for the same stipends and expenses as other representatives.