What ‘What’ are you being asked to support? To vote yes or no to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Peoples of Australia by giving them a Voice in decision-making in there communities.
Why We are still a nation that does not recognise its First Nations people in its constitution - our national birth certificate.
How A Voice to Government has been suggested by many First Nations people as a way to recognise Aboriginal and Torre straight islander people. This is a reasonable ask where First Nations voices from the ground are heard – so we can do things differently and close the gap.
How the Voice would work
Advisory role The power of a Voice to Parliament will ensure that First nations voices are heard at the decision-making table, so they can help influence their lives and futures.
Areas the Voice would advise on Policies and laws that have an impact on First Nations peoples in areas that must improve, i.e.:
education, employment, and economic development
overcoming addiction and drug and alcohol abuse
physical and mental health
safety, crime prevention and reducing Aboriginal and Torre straight islander imprisonment
language and cultural maintenance
How the Voice would look The Voice is proposed in two parts, the Local and the National. The local voices across the regions will link to the National voice, helping national leaders understand local needs and views. The details of the voice will work will be established after a Yes vote is confirmed.
Locally designed governance model, planning and priority setting
Our leaders work directly with governments to achieve local priorities
Looking at the needs of people on community
Participate in the social and economic growth of communities
Advising on major nationwide policy changes
Directly connected to local knowledge and understanding of communities
Role of a spokesperson, not a politician – to bring local voices to influence decisions of national government
Voice resources Download our reference guide, explainer and other resources to learn more about the voice
Reference guide - Constitutional recognition through voice
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images & voices of people who have passed away. If you have any concerns about any of the images or information on our website, please contact us. We acknowledge the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people as traditional owners and custodians of the NPY Lands and pay our respects to past, present and emerging leaders.