The National Apology to Indigenous Australians, in particular the Stolen Generations, helped build a bridge of respect between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It helped generate the trust needed for
closing the gap.
The recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the
Australian Constitution is another step in that journey.
The Australian Government is committed to holding a national referendum on
constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
during the current term of government or at the next
We recognize that without the support of the majority
of Australians, constitutional recognition of Indigenous
people will not succeed.
The Government has established an expert panel to consult with Australians
and provide the Government with options on how to progress constitutional
recognition of Indigenous Australians.