The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria welcomes the Andrews Government commitment to Treaty following strong lobbying from the Co-Chairs, Members and years of community advocacy.
The Assembly is the democratically elected voice, made up of 31 Victorian Traditional Owners, to progress Australia’s first Treaty process.
The Victorian Government has committed $20.2 million today in the Victorian Budget 20/21 which will enable the Assembly to continue it’s vital work toward Treaties in the state.
Today’s Budget commitment follows a year of strong negotiation and advocacy from the Co-Chairs, Members and community.
The additional funding will mean Members can receive a stronger stipend for their work, allowing them to dedicate more time and resources to working with the communities they represent.
The boost to the stipend will also mean community can hold their Members to account and will mean there is an even more competitive process for community representation at the next Assembly election in 2024.
The Assembly will now look to ramp up the representation and engagement across regional and rural Victoria by setting up dedicated Treaty offices in key locations for Members and Assembly Engagement Project Officers.
New stipend amount and the locations of regional and rural offices will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months.
Today’s announcement follows a successful year at the Assembly with the commitment from Government for a Truth-telling process and a redress scheme for Stolen Generations following years of community advocacy.
The Co-Chairs have finished the first regional roadshow to the South East and North West of the state to support Members to engage with community following a tough year of coronavirus restrictions.
For more information on the Assembly or the Treaty process in Victoria visit firstpeoplesvic.org
Quote attributable to Co-Chair Geraldine Atkinson
“It’s been a tough year and this investment will be critical to the success of Treaties in Victoria as Members gear up for another big year at the Assembly.”
Quote attributable to Co-Chair Marcus Stewart
“This funding commitment from the Victorian Government demonstrates the importance of the work of the Assembly and the importance of the Assembly as a representative democracy.”
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