AusHeritage accepts the invitation from First Nations Australians to establish a First Nations Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the Constitution and understands that it is a significant and necessary step for the nation.
As an international network that supports cultural heritage in Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific Region, AusHeritage welcomes the opportunity it will provide for improving the lives of Indigenous Australians as well as enabling us to develop a more coherent sense of our heritage and national identity.
Strengthening our sense of place, historical understanding and looking towards a shared future for this country will also create a stronger platform for our engagement and cultural collaborations across the world.
Many Australians share the view that we live in momentous times. The Voice and a commitment to truth-telling will foster positive and respectful relationships at home and in the region.
The Australian heritage sector has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for many years to improve mutual understanding and cultural development. It is time now to encourage all Australians to support this journey.
You can find the official media statement here.
AusHeritage was established by the federal Government in 1995 and has been an independent organisation for 28 years. Our membership interconnects a diverse and unique group of specialists with rich Australian and international expertise in movable and immovable cultural heritage that includes buildings, places, intangible heritage, and collections in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs).
As Australia’s international cultural heritage network, we have been in the forefront of representing Australia, collaborating on cultural heritage projects and capacity building particularly in South Asia, South-East Asia, and the Pacific. While our focus is international, the expertise of AusHeritage members is founded on extensive Australian experience that is sought globally.