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Victoria Communiqué

Category: Agreement
Date: 22 June 2000
Sub Category:Indigenous Partnership
Location:Victoria, Australia
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Economic Development | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure | Tourism
Summary Information:
The Victorian Communique is an agreement between the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). It relates to Indigenous aims to enhance communication and interaction between the Victorian Government and Victoria's Indigenous communities. It aims to address issues as far reaching as economic development, tourism, housing and the promotion of home ownership, cultural heritage management and protection and the development of a Youth Advisory Committee.

The Agreement outlines key priorities in relation to reconciliation in Victoria over the next decade.
Detailed Information:
The Victorian Government and ATSIC have agreed to coordinate efforts in relation to the following:
  • improving health outcomes and education outcomes;
  • developing and implementing strategies enhancing Indigenous Vocational Education and Training (VET) and therefore employment outcomes;
  • coordinating planning and delivery of state and commonwealth rental housing programs;
  • addressing the issues arising from recommendations in the Bringing Them Home report; and
  • supporting an extension of the Link-up program.

    The Communique commits parties to improving education outcomes for Indigenous Victorians. This includes measures aimed at increasing retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the school system up to year 12 and increasing the number of Indigenous students in Victorian universities.

    The Communique also contains a commitment by the Victorian Government to developing self-sustaining economic base for Indigenous Victorians, expanding the Link-up program for members of the Stolen Generation and for improving heritage protection.

    It also establishes the Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (VIYAC). This Advisory Council was created to provide a forum for young Indigenous Victorians to voice opinions, concerns and ideas about their roles in society and government. This is also a useful platform for Indigenous youth to develop leadership skills.

  • Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) - Signatory
  • Aboriginal Affairs Victoria - Signatory
  • State of Victoria - Signatory

  • References

    Journal Article
    (2000) Recent Happenings Indigenous Law Bulletin 53 5(1) p.28
    Greg McConville (2002) Regional Agreements, Higher Education and Representations of Indigenous Australian Reality: Why wasn't I taught that in School? in 45(1) Australian Universities Review
    Media Release
    Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (17 0ctober 2001) Giving a Voice to Young Indigenous Victorians
    Report
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2002) Social Justice Report 2002 Appendices 1: Partnerships and Agreements between Indigenous Organisations and State or Territory Governments
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1997) Bringing Them Home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families

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