sector will recognise the values that water has for Traditional Owners and
Aboriginal Victorians. The water sector will support Aboriginal participation
in Victorian water planning and management frameworks through consultative
structures that address the rights and interests of Victoria's Traditional
- Recognise Aboriginal values
and objectives of water
- Include Aboriginal values
and traditional ecological knowledge in water planning
- Support Aboriginal access to
water for economic development
- Build capacity to increase
Aboriginal participation in water management
Victoria seeks to
include and respond to Aboriginal water values and work in respectful
partnership with Traditional Owners.
Traditional Owners have cultural, spiritual and economic connections to land,
water and resources through their associations and relationship with Country.
They have managed land and water sustainably over thousands of generations.
will lead the way in improving access to water for Traditional Owners and
Aboriginal Victorians for economic development.
to land, waters and resources on Country is important for Aboriginal health and
wellbeing. In some cases, reconnecting Traditional Owners to water will revive
culture and contribute to an improved sense of identity.
with Traditional Owners, the water corporations, catchment management
authorities and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, will seek
opportunities to deliver shared benefits of water, and include traditional
ecological knowledge in water planning.
Owners have the right to take and use water for traditional purposes and
Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians can also access water by securing
a water entitlement.
will identify seed funding and business finance opportunities for Aboriginal
enterprises to invest in water.
build capacity in the water sector and with Traditional Owners to increase
Aboriginal participation and inclusive practices in water management.
the Victorian Government is supporting Aboriginal economic development is by
establishing the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board. This Board will develop
an ambitious work program including facilitating Industry Agreements, Landmark
and Place-Based Projects. The 2016-17 Victorian Budget also provided $6.6
million for the Aboriginal Business Strategy to promote the diversity and
entrepreneurship of the Victorian Aboriginal business sector
government will invest $5 million and work in partnership with Traditional
Owners and Aboriginal Victorians to develop a roadmap for access to water for
government will invest $4.7 million over four years to establish the Aboriginal
Water Program, a state-wide approach to incorporate Aboriginal values and
expertise into water management.