Theme One

Furthering Self-Determination for Registered Aboriginal Parties.

Victoria’s RAPs are a fundamental function of the effective management of the Act. They are a primary source of advice and knowledge of Aboriginal places, Cultural Heritage and Objects on Country. The strength of RAPs lies in their representative and inclusive structures for their Peoples, allowing discourse, engagement and intergenerational knowledge sharing within community. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is clear at Article 33, of the fundamental importance that:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to determine the structures and to select the membership of their institutions in accordance with their own procedures.”