Advancing human rights for indigenous peoples around the globe

Australia is committed to providing opportunities to assist indigenous peoples — both in Australia and overseas — to overcome social and economic disadvantage.

Emily standing at a podium at the United Nations
Indigenous Australian diplomat Emily Hill speaks at the Wayne Quilliam indigenous photographic exhibition. Her Image, Her Voice, Her Story in Geneva. Credit: Pierre Michel Virot.

Australia plays an active role in the UN system on indigenous issues. In recognition of the importance of engagement by indigenous leaders in the UN, we are the fifth largest contributor to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Indigenous Populations.

Australia proudly supported the inaugural World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014, and welcomed the World Conference Outcome Document.

Under our Indigenous Peoples Strategy, Australia will work in collaboration with our international partners, and with Australian Indigenous people, communities and businesses, to advance and promote the wellbeing of indigenous peoples around the world.

Australia is committed to holding a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution as Australia's First Peoples.

Our Pledge:

  • Australia will work towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution as Australia's First Peoples.
  • Australia will continue to give practical effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document.
  • Australia is committed to strengthening the capacity of the multilateral system to engage on issues affecting the world's indigenous peoples.
  • Australia is committed to harnessing the knowledge and expertise of Indigenous Australians in the design and delivery of our aid program.
Last Updated: 26 February 2018