Constitutional recognition

Constitutional Recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart

The RACGP has supported the campaign for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution for many years. In recent years, the direction of constitutional recognition has changed.

Through the Referendum Council, established in 2015, a wide-ranging consultation process took place, which included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-designed and led consultations, made up of 12 First Nations Regional Dialogues.

This process culminated in the National Constitutional Convention in May 2017, where the 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' (the Uluru Statement) was adopted.

The Uluru Statement calls for:

  • the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution, a modest, but significant change which encourages active participation in democratic processes
  • a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘treaty-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The RACGP is amongst many organisations to endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart, as a logical next step in terms of advocating for health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Uluru Statement has received widespread support amongst our key stakeholders, including the Close the Gap Coalition and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, as well as the RACGP’s membership.

Voice Treaty Truth In NAIDOC Week 2019, the theme of ‘Voice.Treaty.Truth. Let’s Work Together for a Shared Future’ celebrates the achievement of consensus at the National Constitutional Convention and acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.

There are many ways you can join NAIDOC celebrations recognising this important theme. Visit the NAIDOC website for further information, resources, posters and to find your local community events.

Further information

1 Voice Uluru

Uluru statement: a quick guide

Referendum council

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Final Report

RACGP Backs constitutional recognition

RACGP supports Uluru statement in submission

Legally Invisible – Options for enduring government responsibility for Aboriginal health

To show your support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, please visit this website

Please contact RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health on 1800 000 251 or if you require further information