Dear Indigenous Voice and Co-design Groups,
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this important discussion, we are pleased to provide
this submission to the Indigenous Voice Co-design process.
The Fay Fuller Foundation is a South Australian based private philanthropic organisation funding into
the South Australian community. We support and resource communities in regional, rural, and
remote South Australia and have recently committed to perpetual funding in the Aboriginal Health
space through working closely in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisations (ACCHOS) across the state and the broader Aboriginal community. We recognise the
historical injustices of colonisation and dispossession and present-day unjust treatment of our First
Nation s People, the tragedy that is the continued removal of Aboriginal children from their families,
over policing and incarceration, and poorer health and educational outcomes.
With a population representing only three percent of the greater Australian population, and since
the dissolution of ATSIC, the opportunity and pathways to influence and advocate at both the state
and federal level have been few and far between for Aboriginal peoples. It is clear to us that a
constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament is vital and in fact long overdue.
We believe that The Voice should have guaranteed input prior to the passing of legislation and
policy, should operate in bipartisanship at both state and federal levels, should speak for and be
representative of community. The Voice must have agency be respected for its authority.
We encourage the Federal government to meet the commitment made prior to the 2019
Election to bring the proposed Voice before the Australian people in a referendum
obligations to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to enshrine
political autonomy and right to participate in the political life of the state.
As we are not an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled service
we consequently refrain from commenting on proposed governance models for The
Voice, however, we do make the following requests:
Assurance that the makeup, participation, and governance structure of The Voice is
representative of the diversity of the Aboriginal community, reflective of the need that exists for
greater agency and say over decision-making and avoids regionalisation.
The Federal government commits to calling a referendum once a model for the Voice has been
agreed to, ideally in the next term of government and that if successful the government will act
without delay to enact constitutional reform and legislate the initial convening of The Voice.