More Support For Aboriginal Representation Across Victoria

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today highlighted the $20.9 million provided in the 2015-16 State Budget to support Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy at the Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) Forum in Halls Gap.

This significant funding increase will give RAPs more support as they undertake their responsibilities to protect and manage Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Under the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, RAPs play a key role in a range of areas, including in providing advice on applications for Cultural Heritage Permits and for interim or ongoing Protection Declarations

Ms Hutchins said RAPs are the local voice of Aboriginal people and play a vital part of Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural preservation and heritage.

There are currently RAP’s representing around 60% of the state and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to working with Indigenous communities and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council to expand the coverage.

The investment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to working with the Aboriginal community to achieve real outcomes.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Ms Hutchins met with Aboriginal community representatives at the recent ‘Gathering’, where issues discussed included self-determination, leadership and cultural strengthening.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins

“This forum is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the work of Registered Aboriginal Parties and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.”

“Over the next four years, we’re giving Registered Aboriginal Parties the support they need to make important decisions about the management and protection of their cultural heritage.”

“This forum is another real step towards achieving the results we’re together committed to.”

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