• Information session

    Register, come along and help shape the Strategy.

    6 March 2023,
    5.30pm - 6.30pm at Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub

Banyule's Self-determination Strategy will guide Council to continue to work with local Aboriginal communities towards Reconciliation.

The Strategy will deliver on the core pillars of the new Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy and will:

  • align with the Victorian Government's self-determination policies and Treaty discussions
  • build on community movements towards Truth and Treaty
  • deliver action beyond Council's current Reconciliation Action Plan
  • give voice to a plan that reflects our community
  • be Aboriginal-led, with the potential for local governance.

Read more about the pillars below or take a look at the  Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy.

The seven pillars

Read the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy pillars

Genuine partnership between Aboriginal Victorians, local councils, and the Victorian Government that celebrate, understand and embed Aboriginal cultural heritage and foster trust and respect.

Open, proactive, and ongoing dialogue between Aboriginal Victorians and local councils that is understanding, purposeful, meaningful, thoughtful, and mutually beneficial.

Clarity and genuine ownership and accountability that recognises the critical role Aboriginal Victorians, local councils, and the Victorian Government play in progressing self-determination.

Aboriginal cultural values, voices, knowledge and rights are embedded into the work local councils perform in creating vibrant local communities.

Aboriginal people actively participate in the state economy through employment and business ventures.

Genuine partnerships between Aboriginal Victorians including the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, local councils, regional self-determining structures including Dhelk Dja and the Victorian Government that improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal Victorians.

Effective and sustainable funding models that support Aboriginal Victorians and local councils and enable the Strategy.

Council's journey

Council's support and work with Aboriginal Australians

Council’s commitment to Reconciliation and to the Aboriginal history and people of Banyule is longstanding.

In 2009, Council endorsed the Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians which identified key themes of commitment, apology, respect, recognition, rights, participation, advocacy, access and equity. This commitment continued with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan 2017-21 and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-22.

Of the 104 RAP actions, 69 have been delivered, 17 have been prioritised for completion, eight were deemed no longer suitable and ten will be included in the new Self-determination Strategy.

Throughout delivery of the RAP, and despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has demonstrated ongoing commitment to Reconciliation and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve our RAP goals and our vision for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia. The RAP Final Report was presented to Council in February 2023.

In December 2022, Council voted unanimously to adopt the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full, deciding it could play a role in facilitating discussions and information sharing around the Statement’s key principles: Voice, Treaty and Truth.