The Elders’ Voice

When Elders speak, we listen.

Elders are the keepers of our culture – their knowledge guides us on all matters. When it comes to Treaty, their voices must be heard. The Assembly is establishing an Elders’ Voice – a council of Elders to give wisdom and guidance as we journey towards Treaty.

The Elders’ Voice will be a permanent body made up of Elders in Victoria who will play a crucial role in informing the work of the Assembly. 

It is being created because our community members informed us it is an essential part of the Treaty process, and so the formation of the Elders’ Voice was written into the Assembly’s Constitution. 

Respected Elders and Assembly Members Aunty Charmaine Clarke and Uncle Andrew Gardiner have been appointed as the interim Elders’ Voice Co-Chairs. 

The Co-Chairs are meeting and yarning with Elders across Victoria to help design the Elders’ Voice model. Elders’ Voice Gatherings are happening in-person across the state, and Elders are also invited to participate in phone consultations by calling the Elders’ Voice Hotline on 1800 TREATY.

If you are an Elder, we want to hear from you!

Send us your details and phone number to or leave a message on 1800 TREATY to book in a phone consult or find out more. Sitting fees will still be paid for your time and input.

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