Right People for Country program

Traditional Owner agreement making support

The Right People for Country program supports Traditional Owner groups  make agreements about:

  • boundaries and extent of country; and
  • group membership and representation.

These agreements can assist Traditional Owner groups to apply to be a Registered Aboriginal Party under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and to seek settlements with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 and Native Title Act 1993 (Commonwealth).  

Support is tailored to the needs of Traditional Owner groups and is available to prepare for and to make agreements within and between Traditional Owner groups. Types of support offered include: independent facilitators, negotiation and conflict management skills training, planning workshops, support to visit and map country, and resources to hold meetings.

Fact Sheets are available below.

Fact sheet: Traditional Owner Agreement Making (Word, 310 KB)

Fact sheet: Accessing Support (Word, 74 KB)

Fact Sheet: Terms and Conditions of Support (Word, 94 KB)

 The Right People for Country program provides training workshops for Victorian Traditional Owners to build and enhance skills and confidence to make agreements.

Upcoming training workshops

  • Facilitation Skills Workshop – 28 - 30 June 2016
    Essential skills for facilitating meetings and working in groups

Facilitation Skills Workshop Flyer

  • Negotiation Skills Workshop – 2 - 4 August 2016 
    Essential skills in negotiation, influencing and agreement making

Negotiation Skills Workshop Flyer (PDF, 804 KB)

Program development

Established in 2009, the Right People for Country program's Traditional Owner-led agreement making approach is outlined in the Report of the Right People for Country Project Committee produced in March 2011.

Report of the Right People for Country project committee (Word 898 KB)

Three agreement making pilots were undertaken in 2011-12 involving both group composition and boundary issues. An independent evaluation of these pilots found that the Traditional Owner-led agreement making approach was effective in supporting Traditional Owners to reach agreements. The evaluation found that the pilots supported Traditional Owners to strengthen skills and relationships to negotiate and reach agreement and that there was increased collaboration of non-Traditional Owner stakeholders to support agreement making processes.

The program was a winner in the 'Innovation in Partnering' category of IPAA Victoria's 2012 Leadership in the Public Sector Awards. More information about this award is found in the following article:

IPAA Public Administration Today (Jan 2014) 'Innovation in partnering: Right People for Country' (PDF 1.7 MB)

The Victorian Government has supported successive rounds of agreement making projects in 2013-14, 2014-15 and now in 2015-16.

Steering Committee

The Right People for Country program is a partnership of key stakeholders involved cultural heritage management and native title processes in Victoria. It is overseen by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from – Victorian Traditional Owners, the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, Native Title Services Victoria, Department of Justice & Regulation (Native Title Unit), and Department of Premier and Cabinet (Aboriginal Victoria). The program is managed by the Aboriginal Victoria.

Contact Us

For more information about the Right People for Country project, please contact:

Right People for Country program
Aboriginal Victoria
GPO Box 2392
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Phone: 03 9208 3580 or 03 9208 3274


Last updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016