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First Nations

Share your voice

 
Indigenous Voice 

Have your say now on the proposals for an Indigenous Voice

The proposals for an Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives. 

It could be made up of two parts –

Find out more about the proposals and have your say now at: https://haveyoursay.voice.niaa.gov.au/  where you can also take a survey or make a submission

Read public submissions to the co-design process.

Background and ways to get involved

Over the past year three Indigenous Voice Co-design groups, made up of 52 members have been working together co-designing options for an Indigenous Voice.

Members developed proposals for an Indigenous Voice that has two complementary parts, a National Voice and Local and Regional Voices. They looked at how an Indigenous Voice to the Australian Parliament and Government might work, and local voices can be heard and participate in decision making in partnership with governments. 

Their ideas for the National Voice and Local and Regional Voices are detailed in the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report, a discussion paper and a conversation guide.

The Co-design Groups now need individuals, communities and organisations to reflect on, and provide feedback about, how they think the proposals will work for them. 

You can stay up to date and also share your feedback by:

  • Subscribing via voice.niaa.gov.au. A range of resources and consultation material outlining the proposals is also available on this site
  • Providing a submission – submissions will be open until 31 March 2021
  • Participating in a survey – surveys are open now and will be continuing throughout the consultation process to early May 2021
  • Joining the conversation using #IndigenousVoice on social media
  • Participating in one of the community consultations held across the country

Find out more about the proposals and have your say now. https://haveyoursay.voice.niaa.gov.au/  Where you can also take a survey or make a submission

Read public submissions to the co-design process.

Join the conversation using #IndigenousVoice and stay connected on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. 

   
From the Heart

Make submission by 31 March

The government is running a co-design process to decide what a voice to parliament will look like.

Your help is needed right now!

To make a submission go to the From the Heart website

Your submission will show that a voice enshrined in the constitution is:

  • A fair go
  • A practical change
  • Supported by the Australian people
  • A unifying opportunity

From the Heart is guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart which calls for a Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution. This Co-Design Process is a significant opportunity to press the case for an enshrined Voice – we must act now!

All who are inspired by the Uluru Statement are called to make a submission in support of our key positions below. Submissions must be made by 31 March 2021.

KEY SUBMISSION POINTS:

  • The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled;
  • Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament; and
  • The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance of being selected as established leadership figures.

Your submission will be most effective if you support the three key positions.

Please:

  • Use your own words to make your submission – personalised submissions have much more impact than cutting and pasting our words
  • In the spirit of co-design, try to make your points as constructively as possible – our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome through this process
  • Focus on the Voice – we know there is significant support for other issues, however, at this point, we must focus our efforts on the Voice

Your submission does not have to be a long-winded document – it can be as short as three sentences. The most important thing is that your voice is heard! 

Read more about The Uluru Statement 

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