Policy, Economy and Country are the three pillars that guide the Federation's work and strategy.
The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations advocates for stronger political outcomes for its members. We believe incorporating Traditional Owner knowledge and interests into decision-making will have a transformative effect on Victoria’s environment and economy.
The Federation has a dedicated sub-committee of knowledge holders working on natural resources management issues of interest to lead and collaborate on the development of policy that affects Country.
Read on for a list of recent policy submissions.
The Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy
The development of the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to support Traditional Owner rights and interests in reintroducing Cultural Fire to the landscape. Facilitated by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, the project was led by Victorian Traditional Owner fire knowledge holders from around the state. The Strategy Development was overseen by a Project Control Group, where representatives of partners met to receive information from the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Knowledge Group about what was working on the ground and to ensure the effectiveness of the institutional arrangements for strategy development.
VICTORIAN RURAL DRAINAGE STRATEGY
In August 2017, DELWP commissioned the Federation to develop a policy paper outlining Aboriginal values in rural drainage. Working in partnership with Griffith University, the Federation consulted with Traditional Owner Corporations with the most rural drainage on their lands to develop the paper - Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation - and presented findings for further consultation at an NRM sub-committee meeting attended by Traditional Owners from a further eight groups. The policy paper, with 8 out of the 10 proposed recommendations, was included in the Draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy.
Victorian Aboriginal Procurement Policy
The Federation believes a State-wide Procurement Policy could be a game changer for the Victorian Aboriginal Economy. The Victorian Government has a budget of $10 billion to procure goods and services. If the number of contracts awarded to Victorian Aboriginal businesses was increased, whilst still achieving quality delivery and value for money, Aboriginal economic participation would be achieved without extra cost to the taxpayer.
The Federation has advocated this position since its inception in 2013 and welcomes the Victorian Government’s signal of intention to establish a policy in 2019.