Theme One: Furthering Self-Determination for Registered Aboriginal Parties

Realising self-determined ownership of our Culture, Heritage, History and Country 2021

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. In Article 33, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples details how critical it is that

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