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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament referendum

The referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament will occur on Saturday 14 October. ANMF is supporting a YES vote. 

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Members who'd like to be involved in the campaign can register their expression of interest via the member portal

Come along to Yes campaign events


About the Yes to the Voice campaign and resources

Many people understandably still have questions, ranging from ‘what is a referendum?’ to ‘Will the Voice make a difference?’ and beyond. The Branch has begun collecting trustworthy resources and sources of information to help you navigate the next few months.

Yes23Formerly known as fromtheheart.com.au but updated for the referendum year, this is the primary national site for background and information about the Voice, and the Yes campaign.

ANMF Voice to Parliament articlesRead more ANMF member Voice to Parliament articles.

Unions for YesSign up to support the Unions for Yes campaign and receive regular updates, tips and opportunities. The campaign also provides downloadable resources including a guide to having persuasive conversations, cheat sheets for handling objections and tips for fighting misinformation.

The Voice to Parliament referendum: your questions answered [PDF]: We get it. You’ve heard a lot of competing ideas about the Voice. There are some people who want you to believe the Voice is too complex for you to understand. Yeah, nah. You’ve got this! Have a read of this booklet so you’re prepared the next time someone tries to bamboozle you.

Handling objections in the Voice campaign [PDF]: We know that opponents of this change are hard at work trying to confuse the issue. But research shows there are large segments of the population we can win over. To do so it’s vital that we understand what objections are out there, what inspires them, and how to respond in the most effective way.

Together, YesA campaign page from the Victorian Women’s Trust to enable Australians from all walks of life to play a positive role in securing a YES vote in the 2023 referendum on the Voice to parliament. It includes tips and advice on holding kitchen table conversations, and easy-to-access answers to questions such as ‘What is a referendum?”.


Want more information?

Uluru Statement from the HeartThe origin of the Voice. It is one of three asks in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Here, you can read the statement in full, find out more about its history and design, access resources and more.

Voice.gov.auThe Federal Government Voice page, where Australians can source information about what the Voice will do and how it will be set up, as well as access community toolkits and resources in multiple languages.

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives [PDF]: The national body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives has published its position statement of support with a call for 'an ethic of care'.

Liberals for YesPeter Dutton doesn’t speak for all members of his party. The Liberals for Yes movement is a broad network across Australia, driven by like-minded Liberals – and people with Liberal values – who support constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

Responding to common concerns about an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VoicePrepared by the Australian National University’s First Nations Portfolio, this FAQ lays out common objections and questions, and provides easy-to-understand, well-researched answers.

Design of the VoiceA common concern is that we do not know the design of the Voice. This is not true. The design of The Voice has been known since at least July 2021, when the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process Final Report was provided to the Australian Government. You can download it, or see a simple overview, here.

Empowered CommunitiesIn the words of lawyer, academic and land rights activist Noel Pearson, Empowered Communities ‘really gets into the practical implications of the Voice, and how the Voice will help people, at the community level.


Support services

13YARNFor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this is a difficult time. 13YARN (13 92 76) is a free and confidential support service run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 13YARN is a culturally safe space that provides crisis support 24/7 to yarn without judgement or shame.

DjirraDjirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women, and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.





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