The Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Final Report was provided to the Australian Government in late July 2021. The report builds on proposals from the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Interim Report to the Australian Government.
From January 2021, the co-design members led a four-month public consultation and engagement process on the Interim Report proposals. There were opportunities around the country and online for people to have their say.
The co-design groups used the consultation feedback to help them finalise the proposals for the Final Report.
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The Final Report of the co-design process outlines an Indigenous Voice made up of two parts that work together: Local & Regional Voices and a National Voice.
The Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to have a greater say on the design, development and implementation of policies and programs that affect them.
It would also provide:
- effective partnership mechanisms at the local and regional level for all governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to work together and improve outcomes.
- opportunities for the Australian Parliament and Government to seek advice on relevant federal laws, policies and programs from the National Voice.
Consultation and engagement
There were opportunities for all Australians to provide their thoughts on the proposals either online or in person at 67 locations around Australia. Other ways to provide feedback included stakeholder meetings, webinars, submissions and an online survey.
Feedback overwhelmingly supported the need for an Indigenous Voice and validated the core proposals for Local & Regional Voices and a National Voice put forward by the co-design groups in the Interim Report.
Other key themes from consultation included:
- a desire for consultation and co-design to continue through implementation.
- calls for the Indigenous Voice to have security and longevity.