Aboriginal Representative Body

The Aboriginal Representative Body will be the democratic, elected '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

An ethics council will ensure the Representative Body is culturally accountable to the Victorian Aboriginal community.