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Fostering Unity: ACSO’s Commitment to First Nations Self-Determination

August 21, 2023
Uluru at sunrise with blue sky

In late 2023, Australians will vote in a referendum to establish if First Nations people have the right to speak directly to Parliament on matters that affect them.  

ACSO is committed to cultivating a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, and the upcoming referendum will be an important part of that journey in Australia’s history.   

Aligned with the Uluru Statement from the Heart, ACSO is dedicated to walking alongside and supporting our First Nations people to enact their right to self-determination.  

We encourage our service users, employees, and partners to seek out the information they need to form their own views and to continue their learning with compassion and goodwill.  

To learn more about the upcoming referendum, visit:   

First Nations Support

Discussing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may be difficult for our First Nations peoples. To access First Nations specific support during or post referendum, contact:

  • Yarning Safe and Strong – Call 1800 969 563 for free 24/7 telephone support
  • 13YARN – Call 139276 for free 24/7 crisis telephone support
  • Brother to Brother – Call 1800 435 799 for free 24 /7 crisis telephone support for men
  • Well Mob – Visit the website for information and support