March 9, 2021

Media Release: Indigenous Voice and the co-design process - What does this mean for Indigenous Australians?

While owning or managing almost 50 per cent of the continent, Indigenous Australians currently do not have a formal say over government policies that affect them. Indigenous Voice would offer a way for Indigenous Australians to provide formal advice to the parliament on Indigenous affairs.

But what does this look like? How does it work, and who is involved? The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is hosting two webinars with key members of the National Co-Design Group for Indigenous Voice to answer these questions.

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, who announced the co-design process in October 2019, will deliver an introduction at the second webinar.

Taking place on 9 March and 4 May as a part of CSI’s impact2021 series, the online events will feature panellists including Dr Donna Odegaard AM, The Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM, and CSI Swinburne’s Dr Emma Lee.

Following the January 2021 release of the Interim Report on Indigenous Voice, CSI’s webinar series will explore the Indigenous Voice co-design process and discuss why the National Co-Design Group believes Indigenous-led formal advice to government and parliament is important and necessary.

Individuals, communities and organisations are invited to provide feedback on the proposals for Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice, and how these bodies could work to ensure a true partnership between Indigenous Australians and governments.

In the upcoming webinars, panellists will also discuss how members of the public can participate in the co-design process.

“When Indigenous and other Australians can work together with respect and inclusion for good policy and legislation, Australian democracy becomes fuller and richer for healthy future generations,” said Dr Emma Lee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and member of the National Co-Design Group.

“We’ll be explaining what the Indigenous Voice is and how, as Australians together, we can co-design the process of Indigenous advice to government and parliament for mutual benefit.

“It is imperative that all Australians have confidence in the Indigenous-led process to create fairness and equity in how Indigenous lives and our issues are governed.”

CSI’s Indigenous Voice webinars will be held on Zoom. To register for one or both events, visit: 

Both webinars are free events presented by the Centre for Social Impact, in collaboration with Moondani Toombadool Centre and Swinburne University of Technology.


About the Centre for Social Impact

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is a national research and education centre dedicated to catalysing social change for a better world. CSI is built on the foundation of three of Australia’s leading universities: UNSW Sydney, The University of Western Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology.

Our research develops and brings together knowledge to understand current social challenges and opportunities; our postgraduate and undergraduate education develops social impact leaders; and we aim to catalyse change by drawing on these foundations and translating knowledge, creating leaders, developing usable resources, and reaching across traditional divides to facilitate collaborations.

About Moondani Toombadool Centre

Established in 2018, the Moondani Toombadool Centre is responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne University of Technology.

Moondani Toombadool means ‘embracing teaching and learning’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri People.

The Moondani Toombadool Centre leads reconciliation, the RAP and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including teaching, research, students, staff, engagement and culture.

The Moondani Toombadool Centre is committed to institutional transformation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and knowledges are the foundations on which Swinburne leads educational change.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology is a world-class university focused on creating social and economic impact, through science, technology, and innovation. We are committed to transforming the future of education by giving students the knowledge, adaptability, and experience they need to make a lasting impact on the workplaces of tomorrow.

Swinburne has built significant relationships for more than thirty years with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. We have a demonstrated long-standing commitment to genuinely engaging with communities and organisations to increase higher education and vocational education access, participation, and achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our courses have enabled hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to improve their own skill base and have provided a range of career opportunities.

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