Theme Two

Increasing the autonomy of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council is unique in Victoria as a statutory authority with membership of only Victorian Traditional Owners. Members have knowledge and experience of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and strong governance experience and leadership at a state level.

The establishment of Council enables self-determination in its registration of inclusive and representative Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporations to speak for their Country and Culture on Country.

The failure of the Council to realise true autonomy from government, since its creation in 2006, has been a great disappointment in realising the self-determination benchmark set by the Declaration.