Aboriginal Victorians deserve a real chance and a real say


Minister for Aboriginal Affairs media release 5 May 2015.

In a significant funding boost, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $30 million to work with Aboriginal Victorians to improve their standard of living, create more jobs and maintain their identity, culture and connection to the land.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides $3.5 million for the new Aboriginal Leadership and Self Determination Program, to deliver leadership opportunities in collaboration with Aboriginal organisations and communities.

The Labor Government is committed to closing the gap, building job opportunities and ensuring access to education, health and justice services.

$20.9 million will be invested in the Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy to fund the work of Aboriginal Victorians in preserving their history, culture and connection to the land.

The Labor Government’s commitment to improving opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians also includes ongoing support for the Koolin Balit Health strategy and over $35 million for education, including the Early Start and Koorie Preschool Assistants programs and Koorie Liaison Officers in TAFEs.

The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal Victorians to achieve better outcomes and greater opportunity.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins

Aboriginal Victorians can face overwhelming disadvantage. They deserve better outcomes and a greater say in how these are achieved.”

"Supporting economic prosperity, employment and Aboriginal people's connection to the land are all on the Andrews Labor Government's agenda."

"This whole of government approach demonstrates a whole of government commitment. Aboriginal Victorians need to be at the centre of decision-making as we work together towards a better future."