Meet the council

The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition appointed a 16-member Referendum Council to talk to Australians about changing our Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Over the coming months, we will be holding a range of consultations with Indigenous Australians and the broader community.

The Referendum Council was jointly appointed by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten on 7 December 2015.

Our job is to advise the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on progress and next steps towards a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

We will build upon the extensive work of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Meet the Council

Past Council Members