The Final Report of the co-design process outlines an Indigenous Voice made up of two parts that work together: Local and Regional Voices as well as a National Voice. The Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to have a greater say on the design, development and implementation of policies and programs that affect them. It would also provide:
effective partnership mechanisms at the local and regional level for all governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to work together and improve outcomes.
opportunities for the Australian Parliament and Government to seek advice on relevant federal laws, policies and programs from the National Voice.
Consultation and engagement
There were opportunities for all Australians to provide their thoughts on the proposals either online or in person at 67 locations around Australia. Other ways to provide feedback included stakeholder meetings, webinars, submissions and an online survey.
Feedback overwhelmingly supported the need for an Indigenous Voice and validated the core proposals for Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice put forward by the co-design groups in the Interim Report. Other key themes from consultation included:
a desire for consultation and co-design to continue through implementation.
calls for the Indigenous Voice to have security and longevity.
The Hon Linda Burney MP is the Minister for Indigenous Australians and backs a First Nations Voice to Parliament. Read more