Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The VEC works closely with Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure they have a say in elections through enrolling, voting and standing as a candidate.

In partnership with local communities the VEC provides a range of culturally responsive initiatives which focus on electoral participation and active citizenship.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

The VEC is committed to working with the community to ensure our programs and services are culturally responsive.

Our advisory group meets twice a year to provide advice and feedback to the VEC on how we can better serve the community. We encourage community members to participate.

Korin Gamadji Institute REAL program

We are a strong supporter of emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders through our sponsorship of the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI)’s Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leaders (REAL) program.

Korin Gamadji means “Grow and Emerge” in the Woi Wurrung language and the REAL program focuses on just that.

The program initially engages young people at Year 9 level, and works with participants across a number of years to develop their leadership skills.

Throughout the program the VEC delivers sessions in which young people learn about government and democracy, explore how to make positive change on local community issues and how to enrol and vote.

Victorian Youth Parliament

Over the last three years the VEC has sponsored a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament (external link).

This event provides a platform for young people to develop high level presentation skills and gain an understanding of parliamentary processes.

Electoral outreach—we can come to you!

The VEC can come to your school or community group anywhere in Victoria.

Whether it’s an information session about how elections work, helping people to check their details and enrol to vote, or a workshop on active citizenship, we’d be happy to work with you.

Employment opportunities during elections

During election-time there are many casual employment opportunities. As an equal opportunity employer the VEC encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to register interest in working at an election. Visit Working at an election for more information. For other job opportunities at the VEC see our employment section.

Support for election candidates

Anyone wanting to represent their community by standing as a candidate needs to understand the process. The VEC can provide advice for community members interested in running in local council or Victorian State elections.


My Vote, Your Vote, Our Vote (external link) is a collection of inspiring stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders about how they fought to have a voice and vote; and why a collective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice is so powerful.

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To find out more, or to book an electoral outreach session, please contact:

VEC Education and Inclusion Team