Country, Culture, People, Future

Voice to Parliament

The Federal Government has provided the following information in relation to the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament and referendum that will be taking place in late 2023.

Resources to download

Fact sheet – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

Fact sheet – How will an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice work?

Fact sheet – Referendum question and constitutional amendment

Design Principles of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

Voice Information Booklet


Official wording of Voice referendum question

The Federal Government has revealed the exact wording of the referendum question for the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Later this year, people enrolled to vote will be asked: “A proposed law to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve of this proposed alteration?”

The Voice is a body that will:

The Voice will not have a program delivery function or a veto power. The structure and role of the Voice would be decided by Parliament through legislation, with members to be chosen by First Nations peoples.

Read more about the Yes campaign

Read more about the Voice


Voting in the Voice referendum

The referendum on the Voice will be held between October and December this year – and people will be asked to vote by writing the words ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the ballot paper in response to the question above (in italics).

You must be enrolled to vote to take part: check your details at You can enrol at or call 13 23 26 for help. Make sure you have a driver’s licence, Australian passport number, Australian Citizenship certificate, Medicare card or someone already enrolled who can confirm who you are (18+ and proof-of-age cards are not accepted).


Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

Disclaimer: Caution: Please be advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased people.

This will close in 15 seconds