A Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples was formed in March 2018 to further consider matters regarding recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people.
The Committee released its interim report on 30 July 2018 and presented its final report on 29 November 2018.
The interim report centres on the proposal for a First Nations Voice, which arose from the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The report considers evidence in relation to the constitutionality, structure, function, and establishment of The Voice, and examines past and existing advisory bodies and new proposals that might inform the design of The Voice.
The report also considers other proposals for constitutional change and proposals for truth-telling and agreement making.
On 30 October 2019, Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, announced a co-design process that will develop models to enhance local and regional decision-making and provide a voice for Indigenous Australians to government. The next 12 months will consist of two stages to develop and refine models.