Uphold & Recognise

What is constitutional recognition?

Reconciling Indigenous and other Australians is an issue that goes beyond political divisions. It goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was delivered to Australian people in May 2017. It calls on all Australians of good will to change the Constitution to enable Indigenous peoples to have a say in the laws and policies that are made about them.

We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. In 1967, we were counted. In 2017, we seek to be heard.
— The Uluru Statement from the Heart

Constitutional recognition would empower Indigenous people through a representative body, or ‘Voice to Parliament’ that would guide Parliamentarians when making laws especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For information on how this can be achieved in a way that upholds the Constitution and our democratic way of life see our Publications section, above.