Engaging Aboriginal people in Land Use Planning

Why is this important?

Community participation in land use planning provides councils with valuable local knowledge that can provide practical insight to inform planning decisions. Aboriginal people can provide unique insight into land use planning processes.

Local Aboriginal people will have diverse interests in land use planning, ranging from heritage to contemporary interests. Aboriginal people can also bring a perspective that can enrich land use planning outcomes.

Councils can promote inclusive engagement processes to ensure diverse interests are heard and play a role in shaping local spaces.


What can your council do?

To engage Aboriginal people in Land Use Planning, councils can:

  • Develop engagement plans to encourage Aboriginal people to participate in land use planning processes
  • Work with Traditional Owners on the protection and management of cultural heritage
  • Liaise with Registered Aboriginal Parties and the Aboriginal community during the development of planning schemes
  • Support Aboriginal community initiatives that seek to improve local land uses so they can be more inclusive of Aboriginal people.


The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that many councils incorporate Aboriginal views in planning or infrastructure projects, and in protecting significant Aboriginal cultural heritage places through local planning schemes.

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