Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19
The VEC is committed to embracing reconciliation within the organisation and across Victoria’s electoral system.
Our vision for reconciliation
The VEC aims to enable all Victorians to actively participate in their democracy.
In line with this aim, our vision for reconciliation is the full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a truly inclusive electoral system.
Through education and personal development opportunities, our staff will be equipped with the knowledge and compassion to provide culturally safe and appropriate electoral services.
By developing organisational capacity to support and build meaningful relationships with the First Peoples of this land, we will facilitate trust and understanding in voting and elections.
A truly inclusive democracy will allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to speak up, stand out and have their say.
Download a full version of the VEC’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19 (PDF, 10.5MB).
The VEC has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in order to:
- demonstrate how our staff and senior leadership can embrace reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Victorian community
- show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria that we are motivated to learn about the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and about issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria
- seek support from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve our vision of all Victorians actively participating in their democracy.
This RAP will give the VEC an agreed set of measurable, tangible outcomes that demonstrate our commitment to the reconciliation process.
These outcomes focus on: building strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; developing culturally responsive electoral and engagement services; celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and histories; ensuring greater electoral participation; and contributing to the broader social, cultural and economic development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.