Position Statements

Position statements provide a statement setting out the policy position of the FRSA with respect to a particular matter. FRSA position statements are underpinned by our vision and our strategic directions and are endorsed by the FRSA Board.

A Voice to Parliament

April 2023

We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country. (Uluru Statement from the Heart, 2017)

FRSA acknowledges and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of this land. We recognise that First Nations’ Sovereignty was never ceded or extinguished, and we endeavour to tread lightly on the lands that FRSA traverses.

FRSA’s vision for reconciliation is an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities are safe, recognised, respected and valued. We are committed to actively listening to the experiences, perspectives and knowledge of First Nations peoples. To this end, FRSA supports a Voice to Parliament, which we see as integral to ensuring that the wisdom, views and experiences of First Nations peoples are truly heard and inform policy and legislative change on matters that affect them.

FRSA applauds the Government’s commitment to implementing the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart in full. Enshrining a First Nations Voice in the Constitution is a critical foundational step. We will continue to support and contribute to Australia’s full reconciliation journey.

Endorsed by the FRSA Board 14 April 2023.