Have your say, set the priorities of the Self-Determination Fund

Dec 15, 2022

The Assembly is working on the foundations for Treaties between our people and the State.

This includes the setting up the Self-Determination Fund to benefit all First Peoples in Victoria, both in the Treaty negotiation process and beyond.

The Self-Determination Fund has two main purposes, which are:

1. Supporting First Peoples to negotiate Treaties to negotiate Traditional Owner Treaties on a level playing field with the State

2. Empowering First Peoples to build capacity, wealth and prosperity for current and future generations.

The Self-Determination Fund is managed by a group of experts chosen by the Assembly – all First Nations people – who have significant financial and cultural experience.

The State will provide an initial down payment of $65 million over three years.

We’re aiming to have the Self-Determination Fund ready to support First Peoples from mid-2023.

There will be a strategic plan and guidelines for the Self-Determination Fund on how the initial funding should be prioritised and how First Peoples can access funding.

The Assembly would like the hear from Community about their aspirations and priorities for the Self-Determination Fund.

Your input will help inform the development of the Self-Determination Fund.

Questions:

1. Given the Self-Determination Fund’s two purposes, what activities should the Fund prioritise supporting in the first two years?

2. What support could the Self-Determination Fund provide for your Traditional Owner group to get ready for Treaty negotiations?

3. How can the Fund support equity between Traditional Owner groups?

4. The Self-Determination Fund needs to be accessible to First Peoples seeking support. Do you have any suggestions for how the Fund should ensure that it is accessible for all?

We welcome your feedback on these questions, or any other feedback you would like to provide, by Wednesday 1 February 2023.

Feedback can be provided by:

  • Emailing your answers to the above questions to engagement@firstpeoplesvic.org and putting ‘Self Determination Fund feedback’ as the subject line
  • Sending a letter to First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, 48 Cambridge St, Collingwood VIC 3066
  • Phoning us on 1800 873 289. Leave a message and we’ll arrange a time with you to take your responses over the phone.

As always, we’d love to hear from you!