Aboriginal Representative Body

The Aboriginal Representative Body will be the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria in the next phase of the treaty process.

It will be independent of government.

It will be made up of traditional owners, elected by Aboriginal people in Victoria.

It is anticipated to be set up in mid-2019.

It will not negotiate a treaty.

Instead, it will work with the State of Victoria to prepare for treaty negotiations.

This includes:

  • A Treaty Authority - an 'independent umpire' in the negotiation process
  • A negotiation framework - this will set out 'ground rules' for example, what is on and off the negotiating table, and who can negotiate
  • A self-determination fund - this will support Aboriginal communities to be on an even playing field with government when treaties are being negotiated

Elders will ensure the Representative Body is culturally accountable to the Victorian Aboriginal community.


In September 2018, the Commission released a proposed model for the Body. 

It includes: 

  • 17 elected seats, and 11 seats reserved for formally recognised Traditional Owner groups
  • dedicated voice for Elders to share their knowledge, and ensure cultural integrity
  • Six voting regions to ensure each part of Victoria is represented
  • Only Traditional Owners may be on the Body
  • All Aboriginal people aged 16 and over living in Victoria being eligible to vote (in the region where they live)
  • Voting in person, via post and online
  • gender quota to ensure a minimum level of female or non-male identifying representatives.

The details will be presented at the Statewide Gathering, along with an opportunity for people to get more information. 

Download the 12-page detailed proposal here.

The Commission invited community feedback in October 2018. While the formal feedback period has closed, we still welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. 

To get in touch, please email: enquiries@victreatyadvancement.org.au or call us on 1800 TREATY (1800 78 32 89).