The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission has extended its election timeframe for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria in response to community demands.

Instead of closing this week, candidate nominations will now close on Friday August 16.

This pushes the voting period back from July to between Monday September 16 and Sunday October 20.

“Over the past few weeks, community members have shared with me that the timing is a challenge, so we are adjusting the timeframe so that more people can participate,” said Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher.

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria will be a significant voice for Indigenous Victorians when deciding basic rules for Treaty negotiations with the Victorian Government.

“This is a process developed from scratch – an enormous piece of work that has never been tried before in Australia’s history,” Ms Gallagher said.

The Assembly election will determine 21 of 33 seats representing Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The remaining 12 seats are already filled by Victoria’s 12 formally recognised Traditional Owner groups.

“Our commitment to achieving Treaties remains unchanged and the extension still allows for the Assembly to be established in this calendar year,” Ms Gallagher said.

Voting enrolment and candidate nominations are currently open to Indigenous Victorians.

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