Host a Community Conversation in your area


What is a Community Conversation?

A Community Conversation is community-led discussion about how the Victorian Government should be held accountable to community, by community, for spending and outcomes in Aboriginal affairs.

A Community Conversation is organised and hosted by an Aboriginal community member/s. The community member leads discussion about options for an Aboriginal-led evaluation and review mechanism, using the Discussion Guide as a starting point.

Discussion Guide Discussion GuidePDF (972.84 KB) Discussion Guide Discussion GuideDOC (3.18 MB)

How can I host a Community Conversation?

You can host a Community Conversation in the way that works best for you, your family and community. Invite people from your Aboriginal community to have a chat about Aboriginal-led accountability:

  • around the kitchen table with a cup of tea
  • at a BBQ in the backyard
  • at a gathering at the local hall or football club
  • any other way you like

DPC will cover your costs of hosting a Community Conversation up to $500.

If you’re interested in hosting a Community Conversation, just fill in the short form below and we’ll contact you with further information and support.

Submit your expression of interest

Or you can express your interest over the phone by calling:

Lauren Kathage
Phone: 03 9651 2464

Bonnie Matheson
Phone: 03 9651 2166

You can also find out more in person at a DPC-hosted regional conversation. Check out dates and locations on the Engage Victoria website.

What happens once I’ve submitted my Expression of Interest form?

A staff member from Aboriginal Affairs Policy, DPC, will get in touch with you to tell you more about your role and answer any questions you may have. You would be required to host a Community Conversation/s before the end of May 2019.

Community Conversation Host Responsibilities

As the host of a Community Conversation, you will be responsible for:

  • Organising your Community Conversation – things like time, place, catering and supplies
  • Inviting people from your family and Aboriginal community to join your Community Conversation
  • Facilitating a discussion about Aboriginal-led accountability, what it means and what it should look like – you can use the questions in the Discussion Guide as a starting point
  • Making sure your Community Conversation is run in an inclusive and respectful way – ask participants to create group agreements before starting (see example below)
  • Reporting back the results of your Community Conversation – tell us about how many people took part and what your group discussed. It is okay if members of your group express different ideas on what mechanism they’d like to see
  • Providing receipts to reimburse the costs of hosting a Community Conversation up to $500. This can include venue hire, catering, stationary and cultural practices like a Welcome to Country or smoking ceremony

Example Group Agreements for a Community Conversation

To make sure a Community Conversation is run in harmony, it is important that the host outline and ask all participants to create some group agreements. These should be agreed by everyone before the Community Conversation begins to make sure everyone is on the same page. You can use the following group agreements as a guide for your own Community Conversation.

  • we will respect everyone’s opinion and right to have their say, even if we don’t agree with each other
  • we will give everyone the time and space to share their views
  • we will address conflict if it arises
  • we will use non-aggressive behaviour, language and tone, and understand that if we don’t, the host will ask us to leave