Hear From Our Members

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"I think one of the Federation’s responsibilities is ensuring Traditional Owners have a voice in the many things that are happening out there on Country as Traditional Owners are very keen to care for country, heal country, and look after our land and waterways.”

Aunty Fay Carter - Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Senior Elder and one of the Federation’s founding members.


“All Traditional Owners aim to self-determine their future, the Federation is a vehicle to work together better pursue and achieve self-determining outcomes. The more unified the Federation is the more effective we can be.”

Jeremy Clark –Tjap/Peek Wurrung Traditional Owner and Federation Executive Officer


“The Federation is a unique culmination of Traditional Owners and their Corporations coming together with a united voice for advocacy, stakeholder engagement, policy change, and self-determination.”

Federation Chair Janine Coombs


“To be a Traditional Owner is about having pride in where you come from in the difficulties my ancestors faced and making a positive contribution to the future of all Victorians.”

Rodney Carter - Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation CEO




“The Federation provides a powerful and united voice for our Traditional Owners and strives to embed our voice and rights in policies and strategies within Government and the broader sector.”

Wendy Berick – NRM subcommittee Chair


“A unified front allows the Federation to have maximum influence when advocating for the benefit of Victoria’s Traditional Owners.”

Matt Burns - Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation CEO


“Not only does the Federation represent Traditional Owner Corporations coming together to share ideas and learning, it's also an organisation that can pool expertise for the benefit of all groups where ever they are along their journey to Recognition and Settlement.”

Michael Stewart CEO, Barengi Gadjin Land Council

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“The Federation is unique because it is essentially a united front that represents Victorian Traditional Owners. It crosses all of the Traditional boundaries and finds the commonality between the different cultures of the mobs.”

Dan Turnbull, Manager, Bunurong Land Council