Historic Steps Forward – The Journey to Treaty
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
1g Royal Parade
Victoria is closer to a treaty with first peoples than any other government in Australian history. As Treaty Advancement Commissioner, Jill Gallagher AO is laying the groundwork for the next phase of the process, in which a voice of Aboriginal Victorians will be set up. In this special seminar hosted by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Reconciliation Committee, she will outline the deep significance of a treaty or treaties, the journey so far, and what is to happen in the future.
Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner
Ms Jill Gallagher AO
Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner
Jill Gallagher took up the position of Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner at the start of 2018. A proud Gunditjmara woman, Jill is a highly respected Victorian Aboriginal leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for selfdetermination outcomes on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal community. She has spent the past 20 years advancing Aboriginal health and wellbeing on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, including 14 years as CEO. Jill was recognised for her outstanding contribution to community when she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2009, awarded the Order of Australia in 2013, and inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2015. Jill has also been advocating for the Victorian Aboriginal community as a former cochair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group and has been closely involved in the Victorian journey to treaty.