Right People for Country program

Traditional Owner agreement making support

The Right People for Country program supports Traditional Owner groups in the process of making agreements:

  • Between groups – about boundaries and extent of Country,
  • Within groups – about group representation and membership.

These agreements can assist Traditional Owner groups who are seeking to become Registered Aboriginal Parties under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and/or seeking to negotiate settlements with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 and Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Right People for Country program is currently calling for Expressions of Interest from Traditional Owner groups interested in accessing agreement making support.

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 21 November 2016.

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Agreement making support

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, training (strategic negotiation, group facilitation and conflict management), planning workshops, support to visit and map country, and resources to hold meetings.

Fact Sheets are available below.

Traditional Owner Skills Workshops

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

  • Negotiation Skills Workshop - essential skills in negotiation, influencing and agreement making
  • Facilitation Skills Workshop - essential skills for facilitating meetings and working in groups

Please contract Right People for Country program for more information.

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, 2015-16, and now in 2016-17.

Steering Committee

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

The program is managed by Aboriginal Victoria in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Contact Us

For more information about the Right People for Country program, please contact:
Right People for Country program
Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
GPO Box 2392
Phone: 03 8392 5385 or 03 8392 5386

Last updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016