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Aboriginal Participation

Indigenous participation in the planning and delivery of natural resource management investment and activities is a priority of the Australian Government, State and Territory governments and regional NRM organisations


Guideline  (2 MB) Implementation  (5 MB)

In Victoria, the 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) have partnered with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to produce the Aboriginal Participation Guideline for Victorian CMAs and the companion Implementation Plan

The Guideline establishes a state-wide approach for use by CMAs to respond to regional variations in cultural diversity, experience in working with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities, and natural resource management priorities. The Guideline is a document that:

  • provides a framework for how CMAs can strengthen the effectiveness of their engagement and partnerships with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities;
  • recognises that each CMA region is different and that each will take its own approach in engaging with the diversity of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities within its region; and
  • provides Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities with an entry point for engaging with CMAs

An Implementation Plan supports the Guideline by providing information on how to turn the Guideline into action. It includes details on the key principles, strategies and actions that support effective participation, and it includes measures to assess the performance of CMAs in improving the participation of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities in their catchment management activities.

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Partners in planning: East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation’s On Country team, at Point Fullarton,
Photographer: Craig Moodie

A Buchan River landholder discussing site preparation works with Moogji Crew members, the EGCMA Land Programs Team Leader and the Project Manager/Supervisor.
Photographer: John Pearson


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