Minister Burney announces First Nations referendum advisory groups

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Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Linda Burney MP, outlined the next steps on the road to the referendum in a recent speech,  announcing the establishment of two groups to advise Government through the process.

The Referendum Working Group will work together with government and guide the big questions that need to be considered in the coming months, including:

  • Firstly, the timing to conduct a successful referendum.
  • Secondly, refining the proposed constitutional amendment and question.
  • Thirdly, information on the Voice necessary for a successful referendum.

Its work will be enhanced by the establishment of a second group, the referendum engagement group. Its job will be to:

  • Provide advice on, and assist with, building community understanding, awareness and support for the referendum.
  • Engagement with First Nations communities.
  • And advocate for the Voice.

The Referendum Engagement group will comprise of representatives from the across the country – Including land councils, local governments and community controlled service organisations.

Read Minister Burney’s full CEDA: State Of The Nation From Garma To The Referendum speech.



We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the Elders past, present and emerging.