The Voice to Parliament would represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by advising Federal Parliament on matters of significance to Indigenous Australians.

A referendum will be held in 2023 or 2024 to decide whether a Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the Constitution.

The previous Federal Budget committed $160 million for this referendum. In this Budget, the Albanese Government has committed an additional $75 million over the years 2022–24.

Of this, $52.6 million will be allocated to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Finance to deliver the Referendum. The AEC will receive an additional $16.1 million to increase First Nations enrolment and participation in this and future electoral events. Finally, the National Indigenous Australians Agency will receive $6.5 million to support the special advisory groups that will engage with stakeholders and provide advice to Government in support of the referendum.

General Enquiries

Tanya Martin Executive Assistant

02 6130 0530

mail@australiainstitute.org.au

Media Enquiries

Jake Wishart Senior Media Adviser

0413 208 134

jake@australiainstitute.org.au

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