In late 2023, Australians will be asked in a referendum whether they approve a change to the Australian Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

Today, the Commissioner has published guidance to the Victorian public sector to help employees and employers uphold their obligations in the lead up to the referendum.

The guidance has been developed to support Victorian public sector employees comply with their obligations in the relevant Codes of Conduct.

The guidance also includes advice for employers so that they continue to uphold the apolitical and professional nature of the Victorian public sector.

All Victorian public sector employees are encouraged to read the guidance.

The Commission recognises that the referendum may be an emotional and challenging event for some employees and their families, and emphasises the importance of respectful behaviour by everyone.

Details of select specialised support services are included in the guidance.

Read the Commissioner’s circular and guidance.