The Process

Overview

On 30 October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the start of a two-stage Indigenous Voice co-design process. Both stages are now complete.

Stage one

Stage one of the co-design process saw three Indigenous Voice co-design groups, comprising 52 members from around the country, work together to develop the detail of what an Indigenous Voice could look like and how it could work.

The three groups were:

The Local & Regional Co-design Group and the National Co-design Group looked at ways to create local, regional and national elements of an Indigenous Voice. The Senior Advisory Group guided the overall process.

The three co-design groups held more than 70 meetings, working groups, member briefings and design discussions to develop proposals for an Indigenous Voice.

The proposals were presented to the Australians Government in the Indigenous Voice Co-design Interim Report to the Australian Government in late October 2020. 

Stage two

Stage two of the co-design process saw more than 9400 people, communities and organisations provide feedback on how they think the proposals for Local & Regional Voices and a National Voice could work for them.

The consultations process ran for four months around the country and online. People could participate through face-to-face community sessions, a webinar series, stakeholder meetings, submissions or a survey.

You can read consultation session summaries and public submissions to the co-design process.

During stage two, the three co-design groups held more than 30 meetings, working groups, member briefings and design discussions. They considered the feedback to refine the proposals and recommendations in their Indigenous Voice Co-design Final Report to the Australian Government, which was presented the Australian Government in late July 2021.

How did we get here?

There have been calls for an Indigenous Voice over many decades.

The Social Justice Commissioner specifically called for a voice in the Human Rights Commission’s Social Justice Reports published in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and the Cape York Institute did the same in 2012 and 2015.

More recently, in 2017 the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Referendum Council called for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

In 2018 the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples recommended the Australian Government initiate a process of co-design to develop detail for an Indigenous voice.

On 30 October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the Indigenous Voice co-design process, established to develop models to enhance local and regional decision-making and options to provide a voice for Indigenous Australians to government.