Referendum Council

On 30 June 2017 the Referendum Council handed down its report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. The Final Report is available on the Referendum Council website. On 26 October the Government responded to the Referendum Council’s report; to read the Government’s response visit the Prime Minister’s media release.

The Referendum Council was appointed by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to advise on progress and next steps towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

The Council led national consultations and community engagement on constitutional recognition, including a series of Indigenous-designed and led consultations.

The Council also held digital consultations on its website. To look back at the process, visit

About the Council

The Council comprised fourteen Indigenous and non-Indigenous members. It was Co-Chaired by Ms Pat Anderson AO and Mr Mark Leibler AC.

The other members of the Referendum Council were Professor Megan Davis, Mr Andrew Demetriou, Mr Murray Gleeson AC, Ms Tanya Hosch, Professor Kristina Keneally, Ms Jane McAloon, Mr Michael Rose AM, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Mr Noel Pearson, Ms Amanda Vanstone, Ms Dalassa Yorkston and Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM.

Former members of the Council include Professor Patrick Dodson, Mr Mick Gooda and Mr Stan Grant.

The Council’s work built on progress the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, the Act of Recognition Review Panel, and the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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