August Treaty Update - 4 days til Candidate Nominations Close!


Only 4 days to go until candidate nominations close for the First People’s Assembly of Victoria.

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission heard the call from community that more time was needed for enrolment and candidate nomination so they extended the timelines of the elections.

Extended Dates:

Candidate Nominations close in 7 days on Friday August 16th

Enrolment to vote is open until October 20th by post, online or in person

Voting is open from September 16 until October 20, 2019

You can nominate as a candidate either where you live or in the voting region where your Traditional Country is, but you can only vote in the region where you live. Aboriginal Victorians with traditional ties outside of Victoria can vote if they have lived in Victoria for 3 of the last 5 years.

Be sure to listen to Charles Pakana from 3KND's interviews of First People's Assembly Candidates and other Treaty news on the 3KND website.

Webforms and Download Links

Click here to enrol online

All the enrolment and candidate nomination forms can be downloaded here

The Campaign Support guide for prospective Candidates can be downloaded here

If you’d like any information about nominating as a candidate, enrolling or voting, you can call the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289) or you can also call or email the Federation on (03) 9321 5332 /

Talking Treaty Meetings

The Federation is busy finalising our reports from all the deadly Talking Treaty circles we’ve had with mob from across Victoria. We’ve travelled to Heywood, Berri, Ballarat, Horsham, Thornbury, Mildura, Cape Conran, Melton, Seymour, Swan Hill, Dandenong, Warrnambool, Geelong, Frankston, Melbourne, Bendigo and Robinvale.

We’ve had yarns with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians in formal meetings since August 2018 as well as hundreds of informal conversations over the last three years.

One thing we heard in all our Talking Treaty meetings was how do we include Traditional Owner groups that are not yet formally recognised and the Federation is continuing to lobby for the recommendations contained in our November 2018 submission which advocated for all Victorian Traditional Owners, not just those with a reserved seat.

Aboriginal Victorians are on the verge of electing a democratically elected Assembly of First Nations People to begin working on the Treaty Negotiation Framework, Treaty Authority (an independent umpire) and the Self Determination Fund. Victoria is doing this before any other state and leading the way for our brothers and sisters elsewhere.

Going first is hard. It’s also powerful.

For all the differences of opinion out there about what a Treaty is and what it could be, a lot of the mob agree that this is an historic opportunity. That Treaty will be what we make of it. That we need to participate if we are to own this process.

Talking Treaty with the mob always brings up lots of issues and a huge range of opinions. There’s also the trauma that’s always there when we talk about recognition of past injustices and the reparations that must be part of a Treaty.

One of our community’s overarching strengths is to convene and talk through the issues. And Treaty will keep asking the mob to come together, listen to each other respectfully and dream what might be possible.

Identified ATSI Treaty Employment Opportunities

Assembly Election Officers

The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission is looking for a self-motivated community member with a passion for Treaty and supporting communities to set up the First People’s Assembly of Victoria.

This role will be based in the Melbourne Metro region and Yarra Ranges and hosted by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations.

To find out more about this role, please visit the Federation’s website or contact :

Jill Webb (0408 586 297) or Drew Berick (03 93215304)

Or Ryan Tebb on (03) 857 63415 or by email:

Polling Officer

Polling officers will be required from 30th Sept - 13th October (in person voting period). See details below