Uluru Statement from the Heart:
Submissions now open to 30 April

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations to “walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”.

The Uluru Statement

The Uluru Statement calls for a First Nations Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making and truth-telling.

It was issued to the Australian people in May 2017 following almost two years of work between First Nations leaders and the Australian Government.

Watch a replay of the Universities and the Uluru Statement webinar featuring Professor Megan Davis, Dr Dani Larkin and Eddie Synot discussing the role that universities and members of the university community can play in supporting a constitutionally-protected First Nations Voice to Parliament.

Watch a replay of the recent in-conversation event IT'S TIME: Our Constitutional Moment with Professor Megan Davis and Professor Bronwyn Fredericks.

 

Voice, Treaty, Truth: reforms for a way forward

The Uluru Statement calls for structural reform, including constitutional change, to establish a new relationship between First Nations and the Australian nation, where Indigenous cultures and peoples can flourish, and we can all move forward.

The first reform is the constitutional enshrinement of a Voice to Parliament (Voice), a common reform adopted around the world by liberal democracies to improve democratic participation for Indigenous populations.

In Australia, the Voice will empower First Nations politically; a permanent institution for expressing First Nations’ views to the parliament and government on important issues affecting First Nations.

The second reform is the Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations (Treaty), and truth-telling (Truth), to provide a clear and practical path forward for First Nations’ self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“This is an important moment in this country’s history; a time when you need to have your say on whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are given a voice to represent their communities and on law and policy affecting them.”

“I encourage all of you to join in this historic movement. I’ve shown my support and will be having a say through the submission process on what I want to happen. I encourage you to have your say too via a personal submission to the Australian Government on enabling an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice”.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

 

Submissions now open to 30 April

The Uluru Statement from the Heart held a University Week of Action from 22–26 March, where individuals could sign up to pledge their support to the Statement and its call for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. Submissions have now been extended to 30 April.

Get involved

Often, these issues can seem so big, individuals feel like they're powerless to make a difference – but here are some ways you can personally get involved: