New Maggolee Website for Councils and Communities launched

On 22 October 2015, Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins launched the new Maggolee website, a resource for local councils to work more closely with Aboriginal communities.

Developed by Reconciliation Victoria and with funding from Victorian Government, the website provides information on how each council engages with the Aboriginal community, as well as information on local Traditional Owners and Aboriginal organisations, key contacts, demographic data, and services.

The website also includes case studies on how councils can better partner with Aboriginal communities on service delivery, the arts, reconciliation, land use, planning and cultural heritage, and support Aboriginal employment and economic participation.

Maggolee is a joint project between Reconciliation Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Local Government Victoria (LGV) and is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s efforts to work alongside Aboriginal Victorians in building respect and recognition.

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The Results are in!!

Many Victorian local governments leading the way in Reconciliation!

Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey 2012  

Download Overview Report – Summary of key findings

Download Statewide Survey Responses

In May 2012 the Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs wrote to all Victorian local governments asking them to participate in the survey. When the survey closed in July 2012 over 95% of Councils had responded.

Survey results show that many Victorian local governments are leaders in engaging Aboriginal communities and promoting Reconciliation. The results demonstrate a significant increase in activities and commitments in the sector over the past decade, since the Toomnangi Report published by the MAV Inter-agency Indigenous Coordination Committee for Local Government in 2002.

Reconciliation Victoria developed the survey in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Local Government Professionals (LGPro) and the Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (VIYAC), with support from the Victorian State Government.

Councils have been provided with a report of their own responses compared with State-wide responses in addition to the Overview Report. We hope that this information will enable councils to reflect on the strengths of their current policy and practice and support planning and programming to address gaps.

Survey results are also being used to inform the focus of the Local Government – Aboriginal Partnership Project (LGAPP) which is being developed by a partnership of the MAV, VLGA, LGPro, Reconciliation Victoria, Aboriginal representatives and all three levels of government. 

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Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan

The Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan, launched by the Minister, Hon Natalie Hutchins, on December 15 in Shepparton, is an important resource for councils across the state, as they work towards:

  • improving relationships with Aboriginal communities
  • promoting Reconciliation
  • engaging Aboriginal people in planning, decision-making, employment, programs and services across all areas of their organisations.

This plan will be a resource for councils to develop and strengthen best practice in engagement, partnership and employment opportunities with their Aboriginal communities.

The plan brings together the outcomes from a three-year consultation process of Local Government Victoria’s Aboriginal Partnership Project.   It builds on local council initiatives around the state that are demonstrating excellent results, by establishing opportunities to share and extend them, as well as including new objectives and a timeline for action.

Local government is central to the achievement of the economic, equity and liveability outcomes for all Victorians.  Like State and Federal Governments, councils have a critical role to play in closing the gap in life chances for Aboriginal Victorians: this is a goal that simply cannot be achieved without Local Government as a partner.

Over the past decade we have seen momentum building towards reconciliation among Victoria’s councils and efforts to close the gap in Victoria.  However, there is a great variability across the 79 Victorian Local Governments, with some very active councils and some who could be doing more.

To download the Plan click on the links below:

Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan (PDF)

Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan  [MS Word Document – 153.4 KB] (right-click on link)

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Promoting Reconciliation through Local Government

In 2010-11 Reconciliation Victoria led the Reconciliation in Local Government Action Research Project, in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Australia, and with funding support from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.

The aim of the project was to explore the usefulness, advantages and limitations of the Reconciliation Action Plan tool for Victorian Local Governments to advance Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The project assisted three local councils to develop Reconciliation Action Plans - Baw Baw Shire Council and the Cities of Whittlesea and Stonnington.

The report of the project has made recommendations related to the Reconciliation Action Plan program for Local Governments, recommendations directed at individual Local Governments and recommendations for peak bodies and State Government regarding support for the Local Government sector.

Download Executive Summary

Download Full Report

RecVic is also a member of the Local Government Aboriginal Partnerships Project: