Minister for Aboriginal Affairs media release - 2 May 2017.
The Andrews Labor Government is committed to working with Aboriginal Victorians towards self-determination and helping further Aboriginal Victorians’ management of their culture and heritage.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $68 million to advance self-determination, including establishing a new dedicated community infrastructure fund.
To ensure that Aboriginal Victorians are at the heart of the decision making process, $28.5 million will be invested to support treaty negotiations, including developing a new representative body, as well as a self-determination plan to help make treaty a reality.
A total of $21.8 million will go to supporting projects that are important to Aboriginal Victorians, including:
An additional $17.9 million will help continue to fund the Koori Youth Council, Local Aboriginal Networks, community events, and the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins
“We are absolutely committed to advancing self-determination and treaty negotiations – and that’s reflected in this Budget.”
“We’ve trialed the removal of first mortgages and this funding will enable us to take the next step.”