Towards Treaty and Truth

A fairer future for Aboriginal Victorians must be led by Aboriginal Victorians. The Victorian Government walks with First Nations people in Victoria towards Truth and Treaty.

Aboriginal woman holding young child

Together with the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, we established Australia’s first formal truth-telling process, the Yoorrook Justice Commission, in 2021.

This Budget invests $273 million in First Peoples’ self-determination and support, building on our existing $1.9 billion commitment. This includes:

  • $51 million to support the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Victoria, increasing Aboriginal-led decision making in education, and increasing knowledge and understanding of our state’s history.
  • $42 million to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, including funding for Registered Aboriginal Parties and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.
  • $41 million to enable increased Traditional Owner access to water and decision making in water management.
  • $16 million to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to reduce First Nations peoples’ interactions with the justice system and to support Aboriginal women and families experiencing family violence.
  • $13 million to the Framlingham and Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trusts for essential services and infrastructure upgrades.
  • $11 million for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to deliver an expanded statewide Culture and Kinship program and better support their clients.
  • $8.6 million for programs to address economic disparity for Aboriginal communities, including Yuma Yirramboi, supporting our commitment to Closing the Gap.
  • $6.8 million to support the extension of the Yoorrook Justice Commission as the formal truth-telling process with Aboriginal Victorians, and the Government’s engagement with the process.
  • $4.5 million to improve the ethical standards of health, medical and wellbeing research for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the delivery of marra ngarrgoo, marra goorri: the Victorian Aboriginal Health, Medical and Wellbeing Research Accord.
  • $4 million to deliver paediatric services by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, which has provided medical care to hundreds of Aboriginal children since 2021.
  • $2.2 million to continue joint land management of the Barmah National Park in partnership with the Yorta Yorta people.
  • $1.7 million to support the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, the Koorie Youth Council. The Council includes 100 First Nations young people and 20 Aboriginal-led organisations as a voice to government.
  • $400,000 for training and tools to extend the Government’s partnership with Kinaway Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and Social Traders.