All are invited to have your say on the proposals for an Indigenous Voice.
WHEN: Consultations will occur in Darwin on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
First session 9:00am -12.30pm (lunch provided)
Second session 5:00pm - 8.30pm (light dinner provided)
WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin NT 0800.
SPEAKERS: Professor Tom Calma AO and Dr Donna Odegaard AM will be in Darwin on the day to provide information about the Voice process.
WHO CAN ATTEND: The Voice consultation process is for all people across the Darwin/Palmerston region and surrounds.
This follows stage one of the Indigenous Voice Co-design process where over 52 Co-design group members developed proposals for an Indigenous Voice. Following consideration of an Interim Report submitted to the Government, on Saturday 9 January 2021, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the commencement of consultation on these proposals.
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. The proposals have been developed by the Indigenous Voice Co-design groups and could be made up of two parts:
Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice. Local and Regional Voices would be community designed and led governance structures at a regional level. The National Voice would be a national body made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Face-to-face community consultation sessions. A series of community consultation sessions are being arranged across the country. Public consultation and input is critical to ensure the best possible proposals are presented by the Indigenous Voice Co-design groups in their final report to the Australian Government.
Co-design members will lead discussions on the proposals for an Indigenous Voice and provide an opportunity for those attending to ask questions and provide feedback. Upcoming consultations can be viewed in the event calendar.
To ensure you get the most out of the community consultation sessions, I encourage you to take the time to review information that is available on the Indigenous Voice website voice.niaa.gov.au around the details of the proposals.
Further ways people can have their say
The wider consultation process is running for four months and will involve public consultation and engagement around the country on the proposals. There are a range of methods for all Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, to have their say on the proposals – including via survey or submission.