Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) protects the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.
The Commission has created a series of resources to explain how these rights need to be considered by public authorities, and what that means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Please note, throughout this website and project, the terms 'Aboriginal', 'Koori', ‘Koorie' and ‘Indigenous' may be used and are inclusive of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Fact sheet: Section 19 - Protection of cultural rights (DOC, 60KB) | (PDF, 225KB)
- Fact sheet: Cultural rights in international law (DOC, 115KB) | (PDF, 720KB)
Take the quiz to see how much you know about Aboriginal Cultural Rights.
For Aboriginal communities
- Brochure: Aboriginal Cultural Rights (DOC, 110KB) | (PDF, 1MB)
- Poster for Aboriginal communities (PDF, 565KB)
For public authorities
- Fact sheet for public authorities: What you need to know (DOC, 115KB) | (PDF, 945KB)
- Poster for public authorities (PDF, 565KB)
Uncle John Baxter and Jill Gallagher AO
We spoke to Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner, and Uncle John Baxter, an Aboriginal disability advocate, about Aboriginal cultural rights and their significance for Victoria’s Aboriginal communities.
We spoke to community elder Aunty Zeta Thomson about the importance of Aboriginal Cultural Rights.
This project aims to increase the awareness, understanding and use of Aboriginal cultural rights under section 19(2) of Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter).
Although Aboriginal cultural rights are protected under the Charter, we found that they are rarely raised in courts, used as an advocacy tool by Aboriginal people or used by public authorities when engaging with Aboriginal people.
As part of the project, the Commission has developed resources in consultation with the Aboriginal community and Victorian public authorities. These resources aim to assist both:
- public authorities (including government departments and agencies) comply with their obligation under the Charter to act compatibly with cultural rights.
- Aboriginal people to raise cultural rights when engaging with public authorities, and help advocate for their protection.
The Commission is also undertaking other initiatives to help ensure that Aboriginal cultural rights are used in everyday interactions between Victorian public authorities and Aboriginal people. For example, VEOHRC and the Commission for Children and Young people are currently undertaking a project that aims to improve cultural connection and protect the cultural rights of Koorie youth in youth justice centres.
For more information, or if you would like copies of the resources sent to you, please contact:
Djarwan Eatock, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Aboriginal Rights
Phone: (03) 9032 3445
Email: [email protected]