What we have done

Building strong relationships between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community is at the heart of reconciliation and can benefit all.

Activities under the relationships pillar included celebrating National Reconciliation Week. A highlight each year has been The Oration, a public event featuring incredible First Nations key note speakers including:

  • In 2023, Antoinette Braybrook, a Kuku Yalanji woman, 2022 Melburnian of the Year and CEO of Djirra a community led organisation dedicated to support and advocacy for Aboriginal women, in particular those experiencing family violence.
  • In 2022, Adam Briggs, Rapper, record label owner, comedy writer, actor and author.

We also focused on our relationships with the Aboriginal community, including our Traditional Owners the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boonwurrung peoples, for example:

  • Aboriginal Community Engagement protocols have been completed and promoted.
  • Traditional Owners, the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations have been supported through our funding and grants programs.
  • A First Nations Committee is being established to increase opportunities for Aboriginal community input into decision making.

What's next?

Under the Reconciliation Action Plan we can continue to build and strengthen our relationships with the Aboriginal community and between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, including through:

  • How we engage with the Aboriginal community.
  • Celebrating National Reconciliation Week.
  • Promoting reconciliation through our sphere of influence.
  • Anti-discrimination strategies that promote positive race relations.

Header photo:
Aunty Joy Murphy and community members at NAIDOC in the City 2023.
Photographer: James Henry

Tell us what you think

Have your say on the Discussion Paper

Reconciliation Action Plan (2024-2027)