First Nations Voice to Parliament referendum
We support the yes vote and encourage you to learn more.
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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.
What’s OnWalking together towards reconciliation – RedfernLearn about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament at this free training.Redfern Town Hall
What’s OnWalking together towards reconciliation – Green SquareLearn about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament at this free training.Green Square Library
Venue support for Voice to Parliament events
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.
City of Sydney news
- Vote Yes to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, listen to their voices about decisions that affect them, and make a practical difference.
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice referendum will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023.
- The City of Sydney has supported the long campaign for the Australian constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Better understand the Voice to Parliament An interactive session led by Nicole Laupepa and Jacqui Parker to help you take meaningful action towards reconciliation.
- Community groups and organisations can take advantage of venue hire support in the lead up to the referendum.
Authorised by Clover Moore in Sydney on behalf of Sydney City Council