Aboriginal Victoria

We deliver community engagement programs to:

  • strengthen community participation and Aboriginal self-determination
  • broker investment and partnership in community projects
  • recognise Victorian Aboriginal peoples’ history, achievement and excellence through awards and ceremonies
  • support organisations to improve services for communities through grants and training
  • improve Aboriginal community infrastructure
  • support members of the Stolen Generations to re-connect with their families
  • support the governance and operations of the Lake Tyers and Framlingham Aboriginal Trusts through the Aboriginal Lands Act 1970

Heritage Services

We administer the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and work with Traditional Owners to protect and manage Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Our key areas of responsibility are:


  • We are committed to working with Aboriginal Victorians towards Australia's first treaty. The process has been underway since February 2016 and we are assisting by: supporting Traditional Owners to undertake nation-building and prepare for future treaty negotiations.
  • Preparing government to work in partnership with the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.
  • Engaging the broader Victorian community to build understanding and aspirations for treaty.

Aboriginal Policy

Our Aboriginal Policy team implements the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023, in addition to Council of Australian Government priorities.

We work to:

  • supporting cross-government Aboriginal affairs communication
  • coordinating whole-of-government accountability consistent with the government's Aboriginal affairs reform agenda

Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council

We provide secretariat support for the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council through the Office of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. The Office supports Council to fulfil its independent statutory functions to achieve its functions under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

Statement of Expectations

Statements of Expectations (SOE) document a responsible Minister's expectations on the performance of a Regulator.

The following SOE for Aboriginal Victoria, is provided in support of the Victorian Government's Regulation Reform Program commitment to reduce red tape and improve regulatory practices.

The SOE outlines opportunities for improvements and identifies targets required of Aboriginal Victoria during the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020.

Our Minister

The Hon Gavin Jennings

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Reviewed 09 October 2019

Aboriginal Victoria

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