Publication: "Paper for Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission"

By Cheryl Saunders & Michael Crommelin

On 10 December 2019, the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria was inaugurated in the Victorian Parliament House. The Assembly was elected by first peoples from across the State of Victoria and will work with the Victorian Government to prepare for treaty negotiations, including by establishing a negotiation framework, an independent umpire (Treaty Authority), and a fund to support Aboriginal communities during the eventual treaty negotiations.

In advance of the establishment of the Assembly, preparations were managed by the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission (VTAC). To support the work of the Assembly, VTAC commissioned a number of papers, which will now be shared with the Assembly to inform their own work. ConTransNet was requested by VTAC to develop a paper identifying the potential powers and matters that are within the jurisdiction of the State of Victoria and that are potentially negotiable within the treaty process.