Constitutional recognition

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.

You can read the Uluru Statement here.

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 has endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart. See our submission online.

The Uluru Statement joins other important calls for self-determination and recognition, including the Redfern Statement, an urgent request for practical, community-led solutions, released in 2016.

The Redfern Statement was released on 9 June 2016 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from the health, justice, children and families, disability, and family violence prevention sectors. It provides a range of practical solutions to improve health, early childhood, justice, violence prevention, early childhood and disability outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Redfern Statement was supported by more than 30 major organisations, including the RACGP.

Several organisations across many sectors have expressed support the Uluru Statement, including:

  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Australian Council of Social Service
  • Curtin University
  • KPMG
  • National Rugby League
  • PwC’s Indigenous Consulting
  • Qantas
  • Richmond Football Club
  • Rio Tinto
  • Swinburne University of Technology

Further information

1 Voice Uluru

Uluru statement: a quick guide

The Uluru Statement from the Heart and the ‘end of silence’

Uluru statement an ‘invitation’ for all Australians

RACGP Backs constitutional recognition

RACGP supports Uluru statement in submission

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