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Indigenous Voice

The Australian Government is committed to considering models for Indigenous voices at local, regional and national levels, and is developing these models in partnership with Indigenous Australians across the country.

The Australian Government has commenced a co-design process to define the details of Indigenous voices at the local, regional and national levels. The next 12 months will consist of two stages to develop and refine models.

  • Stage One – two groups, a Local & Regional Co-Design Group and a National Co-Design Group, will develop models to improve local and regional decision-making and a national voice.
  • Stage Two – consultation and engagement to refine models with Indigenous leaders, communities and stakeholders across the country.

A Senior Advisory Group has been appointed by Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, with advice and input from the co-chairs, Professor Dr Marcia Langton AM and Professor Tom Calma AO. The Group will assist, guide and oversee the co-design process for Indigenous voices and options to enhance local and regional decision making.

Membership across the Senior Advisory Group, National and Local & Regional Co-Design Groups will draw on expertise across the country and comprise a majority of Indigenous members, with coverage across jurisdictions as well as across urban, regional and remote areas.

There will be a range of opportunities to engage as the process rolls out.

Visit or contact your closest regional office for the latest information.

You can also email your ideas regarding the process to

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28 Feb 2020
The National Co-Design Group, who are developing models for a national Indigenous voice, met for the first time in Canberra on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.
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15 Jan 2020
The journey towards an Indigenous voice has taken another step today with the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, announcing the membership of the National Co-design Group.
A group of 15 people stand together. Minister Ken Wyatt is in the cente of the image.
13 Nov 2019
The Senior Advisory Group guiding the co-design process to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice met for the first time in Canberra today.

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