Our history and heritage

Voice to Parliament: Your guide to resources about the referendum

Learn more about the referendum before you vote on Saturday 14 October

Redfern Community Centre, Redfern, 1 June 2022

Australia is a diverse nation with a rich cultural heritage that dates back 65,000 years. The First Peoples of Australia have deep and enduring connections to this land.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart proposes that a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution is a meaningful way to make this recognition a reality.

To change the Constitution, there needs to be a referendum. The referendum on Saturday 14 October, will ask the Australian people a single question. The referendum question is:

A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?

This is a significant moment in our history.

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How you can get involved

  • Join a free Walking together workshop to learn more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, First Nations Voice to Parliament and how you can take meaningful action towards reconciliation.
  • Explore other events to help you find out more about the proposal before making a decision. Visit What’s On for details.
  • Read about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and expand your knowledge with a course.
  • If you are an Australian citizen over the age of 18, make sure you are enrolled to vote.
  • Book one of our hireable community spaces to hold a community event or activity on the Voice to Parliament or Uluru Statement from the Heart. Eligible groups can apply for a fee waiver.
  • If you are a recognised community organisation, you can apply for venue hire support sponsorship to get help to host a free public event supporting the campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Voice to Parliament referendum in one of our landmark venues. Applications close Saturday 30 September.
  • Other events to help you find out more about the proposal before making a decision will be held later in the year. Keep an eye on What’s On for details.

Find out why we support a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.

Authorised by Clover Moore in Sydney on behalf of Sydney City Council.

Published 1 July 2023, updated 8 September 2023