It’s why this Budget again delivers record investment for Aboriginal Victorians from the Victorian Government.
Across this Budget, $448 million will directly support Aboriginal Victorians, including supporting self-determination and our state’s Treaty process.
This represents the single biggest investment in support for our Aboriginal communities.
Building our mental health system
That includes making sure that as we build our mental health system, we’re investing in culturally safe support for Aboriginal Victorians.
This $116 million package – part of our record $3.8 billion investment to build the mental health system – will support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians, including funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
Further investments include:
Establishing the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission
$58 million to establish the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, and ensure the Government and First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria are ready to support this first step towards meaningful healing.
Aboriginal child protection case management
$32 million to continue the transfer of case management of Aboriginal child protection and out-of-home care services to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
First Peoples’ Assembly support
$17 million to continue to advance Treaty and self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians, including supporting the ongoing work of the First Peoples’ Assembly – the state’s first and only democratically elected body for Aboriginal Victorians.
Progressing Traditional Owner Settlements
$3.2 million to progress Traditional Owner Settlements and complete the Traditional Owner Settlements First Principles Review.
Improving home learning environments
$2.6 million will give 400 Aboriginal families each year access to Koorie Supported Playgroups and In-Home Parent Coaching to support young Aboriginal children.
Koorie Pre-School Assistants program expansion
Funding will also be provided for the Koorie Pre-School Assistants program, which will be expanded to four new locations.
Protecting Aboriginal Victorians' cultural heritage
A further $14 million will help protect the cultural heritage of Aboriginal Victorians by investing in Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage management system, supporting decision-making for Traditional Owners and investing in strong, inclusive and effective Traditional Owner groups.
Dedicated funding will see the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy implemented, supporting Traditional Owners to undertake cultural burning and ensure this knowledge is sustained through generations. This investment will be delivered in partnership with Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and the Country Fire Authority, and will create new employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Reviewed 21 May 2021