Helping Councils Connect With Aborginal Communities

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new resource to help councils build their relationships with local Aboriginal communities.

The Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan demonstrates best practice in engagement, partnership and employment opportunities between councils and the Aboriginal Community.

The Action Plan, released today by Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natlie Hutchins, focuses on advancing self-determination and reducing inequalities experienced by Aboriginal Victorians.

The Plan will be an important resource for councils across the state.  It recognises, celebrates and presents a practical framework to help councils improve relationships with Aboriginal communities, promote reconciliation and engage Aboriginal people in planning, decision-making, employment, programs and services.

The Labor Government has developed the Plan in consultation with councils and Aboriginal communities, with  nominations sought from the community for best practice initiatives happening around the state.

The Plan builds on consultation through the Aboriginal Partnership Project, which has produced a range of important initiatives, including the Maggolee website which provides information on how councils engage with the Aboriginal community, as well as information on local Traditional Owners and Aboriginal organisations.

To view the Action Plan, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins

“Many local Councils have a strong track record working with Aboriginal communities. The Action Plan builds on this and allows all to share in that work.”

“This Plan is an important step towards reconciliation and self-determination for the Victorian Aboriginal Community.”