Minister for Aboriginal Affairs media release 27 April 2017.
The heritage and culture of Aboriginal Victorians will be recognised, celebrated and protected, under new measures announced by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides a $53.1 million package that includes funds for the UNESCO world heritage listing of Budj Bim, better protection of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and progressing Aboriginal self-determination.
Funding will also be provided to help Aboriginal women and children facing family violence, and communities dealing with the Ice epidemic. These measures will be community-led and developed in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal community, including:
Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins
“Governments have been lecturing Victoria’s Aboriginal community for too long. It hasn’t worked, and it’s time for community-led solutions.”
“Aboriginal families and communities know what is best for their heritage and their future. We will work alongside them in delivering real change.”