Research Projects on Water Rights
Declarations on Water Rights
- Fitzroy River Declaration, Martuwarra Fitzroy River
- Echuca Declaration, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations / Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations
Articles on Water Rights
- Troy McDonald and Erin O'Donnell, Victoria just gave 2 billion litres of water back to Indigenous people. Here’s what that means for the rest of Australia. The Conversation. 30 November 2020.
- Erin O'Donnell, Professor Marcia Langton and Sue Jackson. Regressive changes to Northern Territory water laws could undermine Indigenous rights. The Conversation, 2 September 2021.
Research Reports on Water Rights
- Component Five: Recommend policy, legal and institutional changes that will enable the implementation of cultural flows for the economic, social and cultural benefit of indigenous communities
- A Multi-layer Plan for Cultural Flows in Australia: Legal and Policy Design maps out potential pathways for achieving water equality.
- A Pathway to Cultural Flows in Australia summarises the key elements of the legal and policy analysis.
Legislation on Water Rights
- Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 - Victoria’s first bilingual legislation that acknowledges Traditional Owners as the custodians of the Birrarung
Videos on Water Rights
Water sovereignty, climate futures and the academy: can we heal country on stolen Indigenous land?
The 2021 theme of NAIDOC week is: Heal Country! The theme is itself a call to action, and reflects the ongoing, deeply held responsibilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. Settler Australians living and working on stolen lands share this responsibility to Country. To celebrate NAIDOC week, the University of Melbourne showcased research partnerships that demonstrate the ways that Indigenous and settler knowledges and forms of knowledge production can support one another.
- Grant Rigney (Ngarrindjeri), Chair, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations
- Erin O’Donnell, Early Career Academic Fellow and Senior Fellow, MLS, University of Melbourne
- Brendan Kennedy (Tati Tati), Deputy Chair, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations
- Lisa Hocking, Policy and Program Manager, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Uncle Lloyd Hood (Gunaikurnai), Water Team Leader, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Tim Paton (Gunaikurnai), Water Officer, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Zena Cumpston (Barkandji), Guest Curator (Science Gallery Melbourne) and contributing author, State of the Environment 2021
- Avril Horne, DECRA Fellow, Water, Agriculture and Environment Program, University of Melbourne
- Jacqueline Peel (Moderator), Director, Melbourne Climate Futures and Professor, MLS, University of Melbourne
- Eddie Cubillo (Larrakia/Wadjigan and Central Arrente) (Chair), Associate Dean (Indigenous Programs) & Director, Indigenous Law & Justice Hub, MLS, University of Melbourne