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Aboriginal rights

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and uphold your culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land. We recognise the harm caused by race discrimination and vilification. It is against the law to treat you unfairly or bully you because you are Aboriginal. In Victoria, Aboriginal people also have special cultural rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.


Aboriginal Community Engagement Strategy

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria

2016 Census


Miriam's story

"I was put on a ‘compulsory treatment order’. It meant the hospital could give me whatever treatment they wanted, even if I didn’t want it. But even when you’re on getting treatment like that, you still have rights."

Related resources

Aboriginal Cultural Rights – Jun 2018