First Nations Voice to Parliament referendum

We support the yes vote and encourage you to learn more.

Colourful artwork with the word VOICE at the centre

Subscribe to City of Sydney News

Stay informed about our Voice to Parliament activities.

Why we support a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution

Australia is a diverse nation with a rich cultural heritage that dates back 65,000 years. The First Peoples of Australia have deep and enduring connections to this land.  Our 122-year-old constitution still does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart proposes that a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution is a meaningful way to make this recognition a reality.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body. It would provide advice to parliament and federal government, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples more of a say in matters that affect their lives and communities.

In 2018 Council resolved to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and more recently  resolved to support the yes vote for a Voice to Parliament in the referendum.

To change the constitution, there needs to be a referendum to seek the approval of the Australian people. A referendum on Saturday 14 October 2023, will ask the Australian people to vote on a single question to change the constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a Voice to Parliament.

All Australian citizens aged 18 and over must vote in a referendum.

How you can get involved 

We encourage you to learn more about the Voice to Parliament, the referendum and why it’s important to vote yes.

Online resources are listed below. Or visit the Voice to Parliament information stalls in our library branches and community centres.

We’re hosting free public events for people to find out more about the proposal before making their decision and to join in the conversation. Venue support is available for eligible organisations and community groups to host their own Voice to Parliament events and activities.

Workshops and events

Explore Voice to Parliament events in Sydney. If you’re hosting an event, list your event free on our What’s On website.

Statement from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel

While Council supports a Yes vote in the Voice to Parliament referendum, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel has not endorsed a position. The panel encourages members of the community to consider all views on the referendum and make an informed vote.


CityTalks: Why the Voice to Parliament is essential for all Australians

Watch the recording from our CityTalk on 19 July. Hear from community leaders, Voice experts, and constitutional specialists on what the Voice to Parliament will mean for our nation’s future.

Authorised by Clover Moore in Sydney on behalf of Sydney City Council