The Victorian Government is leading the country through its work toward a treaty or treaties with Aboriginal Victorians. We are working together to create a better future for all Victorians and enable true self-determination for Aboriginal people.

What is a treaty?

A treaty is an agreement between states, nations or governments. This can include an agreement between Indigenous peoples and governments.

There is no set form for what a treaty with Indigenous peoples should contain. Each treaty is shaped by the history between the parties and the social and political context in which it is made. In Victoria, there could be one statewide treaty or multiple treaties with individual Aboriginal groups.

The State of Victoria will work with Aboriginal Victorians as equal partners on this journey. It is important for government not to pre-empt what may be in a treaty ― we need to listen to the aspirations of Aboriginal Victorians expressed through the treaty process and work together to deliver a treaty or treaties that will benefit all Victorians.

Treaty is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the unique status, rights, cultures and histories of Aboriginal Victorians. It's an opportunity to address wrongs and redefine relationships between the State, Aboriginal Victorians and non-Aboriginal Victorians.

It’s empowering. It’s showing the kids the future is one which you can prosper in and that you do not have to compromise your Aboriginality to be successful.

Ben Abbatangelo

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Reviewed 22 January 2020

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