Indigenous voice community consultations underway nationwide

Consultations to inform the development of a National Voice have begun, with more than 60 planned between now and May 2021.

At the sessions, Indigenous Voice co-design members are gathering feedback on the proposals for Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice.

The proposals provide a way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives.

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 that provides advice to the Federal Parliament and the Federal Government.

Over the next two weeks, sessions will be held in Bourke, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Moree, Port Lincoln, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and the APY Lands.

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is encouraging all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to attend the sessions so the best possible proposals can be presented in the Final Report to the Government.

Those who cannot attend a face-to-face session can participate via a series of webinars.

The interim report, fact sheets, and more information on the Indigenous Voice proposals and consultation sessions can be found on the NIAA website.