LIVE Q&A EVENT: Treaty, People, Place

Posted July 19, 2021

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How might the Victorian treaty process influence policy and local land use planning across Australia?

  • Date: Monday 9 August
  • Time: 12.30 - 1.30 pm
  • Format: Free live Q&A Zoom Webinar

The State of Victoria is working with Aboriginal Victorians as equal partners to develop a historic first treaty (or treaties), which has the potential to redefine the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians. The Northern Territory, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory state governments have also started treaty discussions.

Join us on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to discuss how this monumental process might shape local policy and land use planning in Victoria and throughout Australia.

Jordy Mifsud, Engagement Project Officer at First People’s Assembly of Victoria, will speak on the treaty's significance and how far the treaty process has progressed. Dr Ed Wensing, SGS Special Adviser, Planner, Policy Analyst and Academic, will discuss local government and land use planning implications. SGS Senior Consultant and Executive Director, Tara Callinan, will moderate this live Q&A event.


Jordy Mifsud is a proud Gunditjmara woman, passionate about working with the community and seeking justice for Indigenous peoples of Australia.

Jordy’s role at the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria involves engaging with communities to educate them on the treaty process, which will establish self-determination for people for the first time since colonisation.

Ed Wensing is an experienced planner, policy analyst and academic. He has a deep understanding of the impact of colonisation on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities of Australia and the ongoing dispossession and is committed to addressing these ongoing power imbalances.

Ed has extensive knowledge and understanding of Commonwealth/ State/Territory laws relating to land administration, land use and environmental planning, Aboriginal land rights, native title rights and interests, environmental protection, natural resource management, cultural heritage protection and local government in every jurisdiction in Australia.

Tara Callinan is a social scientist and environmental practitioner with a major in Indigenous Studies. Tara is passionate about achieving better social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

She is also committed to facilitating the evolution of Australia’s unique arts and cultural landscape and addressing the climate emergency to achieve real change across all scales - locally, state, nationally and globally.

This event is being held by SGS Economics and Planning and LGiU Australia.

LGiU Australia is a local government think tank committed to an innovative and sustainable local government sector. As a member-led organisation, our purpose is to share ideas and best practice, encourage innovation and collaboration, and develop research that drives the sector forward. LGiU Australia is a partnership between SGS Economics and Planning and not-for-profit think tank LGiU.