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Follow the link below to read VACCA's submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee looking into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia.

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In June 2022, VACCA provided a written submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Application of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Australia.

In particular, the inquiry sought input into the history of Australia’s support for the application of UNDRIP; the potential to enact UNDRIP in Australia, international experiences of enacting and enforcing UNDRIP; legal issues relevant to ensure compliance with the UNDRIP, with or without enacting it; key Australian legislation affected by adherence to the principles of the UNDRIP; Australian federal and state government’s adherence to the principles of the UNDRIP; the track record of Australian government efforts to improve adherence to the principles of UNDRIP; community and stakeholder efforts to ensure the application of UNDRIP principles in Australia; the current and historical systemic and other aspects to take into consideration regarding the rights of First Nations people in Australia.

You can read VACCA's submission here.

Click here to read our submission in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Anti-Racism Framework.

Click here to read our submission on the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge in the Intellectual Property System.

Click here to read our submission on an Indigenous Voice.

VACCA provided input into Victoria’s Draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy prepared by Infrastructure Victoria in February, 2021. Our submission seeks to advocate for the Aboriginal community’s current and future infrastructure needs across Victoria.

The final 30‐year infrastructure strategy will be presented to the Victorian Government in mid‐2021. You can read VACCA's submission here.

Visit www.infravic.com/30yearstrategy for more information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.