Community engagement


The Aunty Dot Peters Award

It has been a longstanding dream of mine to get this Award up and running. As a former educator, I am proud to see an initiative like this that young Aboriginal people can strive for. I want all Aboriginal people to be true to themselves and to remember it’s important for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to come together.

- Aunty Dot Peters

Aunty Dot



Logo for Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance CommitteeThe Award serves to honour the work of Aunty Dorothy (Dot) Peters, much-loved community member, educator and Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee.

Aunty Dot has been helping to progress reconciliation in Victoria for many years, working within the community to build understanding and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Aunty Dot's father, Vincent, died a prisoner of war on the Thai Burma railway. Aunty Dot always insisted that her father's memory be properly honoured and has supported formal recognition of Aboriginal men and women in the Australian Armed forces and the establishment of the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee. Her efforts have led to the annual 31 May Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Over the years Aunty Dot has held countless workshops at schools, festivals, community events, and to overseas delegations teaching the ancient basket coiling techniques that her grandmother taught her. In 2002, she won the prestigious Red Ochre Award for her work in preserving and teaching the art of basket coiling in Victoria.


The Award supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to complete Years 9 and 10 at a Victorian school. Each year, four students, targeting two girls and two boys, will receive bursaries of $5,000 each ($2,500 per year over two years).

Who can apply

The Aunty Dot Peters Award is open to students who:

  • are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • completed Year 8 at a Victorian school in 2019
  • plan to complete year 9 in 2020 and year 10 in 2021 at a Victorian school

How applicants are selected

All applications will be assessed by the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee, chaired by Aunty Dot Peters. The Committee will provide final recommendations to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, who will determine the Award recipients.

Student application

Applications for the 2020 year are now open and will close on Friday 1 November.

Apply now

Contact us

Please contact Aboriginal Victoria should you require any assistance:


Phone: 1800 762 003 (the call centre)

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