The Elders’ Voice

Respect, Connectedness, knowledge base, Lore of the land

Ensuring Elders are at the heart of a culturally strong Treaty process.

The Elders’ Voice will provide Aboriginal Elders of Victoria with opportunities to exercise their cultural authority and experience to strengthen Victoria’s progress towards Treaties by providing guidance, wisdom and cultural oversight to the work of the Assembly.

*Please note that the video below refers to Interim Elders’ Voice Co-Chairs consulting with Elders across the state over Sep-Oct 2021. Unfortunately, face-to-face consultations were disrupted by COVID-19 lockdowns. As a result, the Interim Elders’ Voice process has been extended into 2022. 

When Elders speak, we listen.

Elders are crucial in providing us with their knowledge, history, wisdom and resilience. Their Voices must be heard, and respected on our shared journey towards Treaties in Victoria.

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria will be conducting community meetings open to Elders to participate in designing the structure, role and responsibilities of our permanent “Elders’ Voice” that will play a crucial role in informing and guiding our work.

We want to hear from you, our Elders!

Introducing the Elders’ Voice Hotline

Aunty Charmaine Clarke and Uncle Andrew Gardiner are available for one-on-one phone calls via our Elders’ Voice Hotline. Let us know if you’d like a one-on-one yarn to share your ideas and help ensure the wisdom and resilience of our Elders can guide our journey to Treaty in Victoria.

Just send us your details and phone number to or leave a message on 1800 TREATY. Sitting fees will still be paid for your time and input.

Interim Elders’ Voice

The Assembly are establishing an Interim Elders’ Voice to ensure that Elders have their voices heard in the work of the Assembly.

The Interim Elders’ Voice is being set up temporarily for 3 months, to establish the foundations for our permanent Elders Voice. The purpose of this is to ensure we have Elders leading the way with true self-determination. Meetings will be held across the state, open to Elders to participate in helping design the structure, role and responsibilities of our permanent Elders’ Voice.

View a guide to the Interim Elders’ Voice model via the button below, and stay tuned to our website and social media for updates about how to get involved in the coming weeks.


Elders’ Voice resources

Elders' Voice Interim Model Guiding Document

The Elders’ Voice is designed as an interim model to be developed by Elders and driven by their
self-determination. This guiding document shows the overarching nature of the interim Elders’ Voice and how it works in relation to the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

To view the guiding document, click here.

2019 Elders’ Voice report

In 2019 the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission contracted PricewaterhouseCooper’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) to engage with Victorian Aboriginal Elders to identify their priorities in the design of an Elders’ Voice to the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. This report is now informing the work of the Assembly in finalising the design of the Voice.

2019 Elders’ Voice Report — PDF Download

2018 Elders' Forum report

This report outlines discussions at the Elders Forum in September 2018, and sets out the path forward to embed an Elders’ voice within the Assembly.

2018 Elders Forum Report — PDF Download


Have your say

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