2022 North East Region By-Election

On the journey towards Treaty, First Peoples need to be in the driver’s seat at every turn.

Treaty is our opportunity to secure structural change to improve the lives of our people and make sure we have the freedom and power to make the decisions that affect our communities, our culture, and our Country.

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is the democratic body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Victorian Treaty process.

A by-election is being held to elect a general seat of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria to represent the North East Region. This election is being run independently of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria by OGL, a registered Victorian election company.


In preparation for the by-election, there’s four things you can do to help:

1. Enrol to vote!

Build a powerful voice for your community by enrolling to vote and encouraging people you know to enrol too. Our electoral roll is exactly that – ours. It was made by First Peoples, for First Peoples. And we’re stronger when we join together. Enrol or find out more here. By joining our electoral roll (or updating your details if you’re already on the roll – see below) you’ll automatically go in the draw for a $500 gift voucher for Clothing the Gaps!

2. Check your details

If you’re on our electoral roll but your details have changed, you can update them here. By doing so, you’ll go into the draw for a $500 gift voucher for Clothing the Gaps.

3. Consider representing your community

If you’ve ever thought about standing for election to the Assembly yourself, now’s your chance! See ‘Become a Candidate’ below to find out how.

4. Consider how you want to vote

It’s not compulsory to vote, but your voice is important and we want to hear it! You’ll be able to vote online via an email address, via SMS, in person at one of our polling booths or via postal vote. Make sure your contact details are up to date (see point 2 above) and please contact us on 1800-TREATY (1800 873 289) if you would like us to send your ballot paper in the post.

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Important Information about the Election

Find out all the details of this election, including key dates, here:

Notice of Election

Timelines – Important Election Dates

Become a Candidate for the Election

Any eligible First Peoples are encouraged to nominate to run in the election. To stand as a candidate you must:

  1. Be enrolled as a voter for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria elections
  2. Be aged 18 or older at the time you nominate
  3. Be a Victorian Traditional Owner
  4. Not be disqualified from acting as a director of a company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  5. 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
  6. Be able to participate fully in the activities of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, including its Board
  7. Provide us with any further information necessary to confirm your eligibility to stand as a candidate.

Nominations open on 17 January 2022 and close at 4:00pm on 7 February 2022. If you want to nominate, complete the nomination form and send it to the Returning Officer (contact details are below) before the closing time. You can find all the information you need about being a candidate in the candidate information pack.

Nomination Form – word document

Nomination Form – Google form 

Candidate Checklist 

Nominations – FAQs

Candidates will be supported by the Assembly throughout the election. For information on candidate support, check out our campaign support guide.

If the position is contested (if there is more than one eligible candidate), there will be a voting period which will run from 26 February to 27 March 2022. Voting will be held in-person, online, via SMS and postal vote.

Election Rules

These are the rules under which the election will be run. To nominate as a candidate in this election, you will need to be familiar with and follow these rules.

First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Constitution

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the election process, please contact:

Gavin Ryan, Returning Officer
0403 336 829

If you have any questions about the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, what it means to be an elected representative or how to enrol to vote in this election, please email elections@firstpeoplesvic.org

Enrolling and Voting

To vote in the North East By-election, you must be on our electoral roll. To be eligible for voting, you must be:

  • At least 16 years of age, AND;
  • Either a Traditional Owner of Country in Victoria OR an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person from interstate who has lived in Victoria for at least three of the past five years

For detailed information about voting, see the fact sheets below:

North East By-election Voting – FAQs (available here Friday 21 Jan)

North East By-election Polling Stations (available here 15 Feb)

To find out more about joining our electoral roll so you can vote in the North East By-election, click the button below.

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