National Voice

The Proposal

A national body made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that:

  • could provide advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on relevant laws, policies and programs
  • could engage early on with the Australian Parliament and Government in the development of relevant policies and laws.

 

What could it look like?

Membership could be drawn in two different ways:

  • ‘Structurally linked’: Members selected from Local and Regional Voices.
  • ‘Directly elected’: Elections held for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to select members.

Either membership option will have a two-way advice link to Local and Regional Voices.

Members would represent their state or territory as well as the Torres Strait Islands.

Important features

The National Voice could:

  • consist of up to 20 members, with guaranteed gender balance of members  
  • include Youth and Disability Advisory Groups to ensure the voices of these groups are heard
  • connect with Local and Regional Voices to provide views from local communities 
  • work with existing bodies, structures and organisations
  • advise on national matters that are critically important to the social, spiritual and economic wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Resources

  • Detailed National Voice Proposal PDF and Word
  • National Voice Proposal – Key Features PDF and Word
  • Proposal Explainer 1 - Advice to Parliament and Government PDF and Word
  • Proposal Explainer 2 - Independent Indigenous Policy Body PDF and Word

The fact sheets below support the Indigenous Voice resources and describe in more detail some of the key features or decision points of the proposals.

  • Fact sheet 6 – National Voice Appointments PDF and Word
  • Fact sheet 7 – National Voice Membership numbers PDF and Word
  • Fact sheet 8 – National Voice Membership Term lengths PDF and Word
  • Fact sheet 9 – National Voice Disability Advisory Group PDF and Word
  • Fact sheet 10 – National Voice Youth Advisory Group PDF and Word