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How government is working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians

Find out how we're progressing towards our targets to close the gap.

Government's approach to Aboriginal affairs is guided by the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework. The framework is grounded in the voices, perspectives and priorities of the Victorian Aboriginal community and renews the Victorian Government's commitment to self-determination.

The original framework ran from 2018 to 2023. It is extended until June 2025 to allow time for ongoing consultation with First Peoples stakeholders to self-determine next steps in the development of a new framework.

We're holding government to account

The approach of the framework, and annual reporting, is to end narratives of blame that hold Aboriginal communities responsible for their own experiences of disadvantage. Instead we're holding government accountable for undertaking structural change to deliver better outcomes.

If Victoria's structures and systems are transformed so that they are safe, culturally-relevant and accessible, Aboriginal Victorians will be better supported to be healthy, safe, resilient, thriving and culturally confident.

It also recognises that to achieve positive change, Aboriginal Victorians must be at the centre of decision-making.

From 2020, the annual report will include additional reporting on progress by Victorian Government departments to embed self-determination across the work of government as committed in the Self-Determination Reform Framework.