YES to a Voice for Families, Children and Young People

On 14 October 2023 Australians be asked to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the constitution for the first time and give them a say in the policies and challenges that affect their communities by enshrining a Voice to Parliament.

Families Australia warmly welcomes you to join the conversation through participating in our ‘YES to a Voice for Families, Children and Young People’ online forum, which will be held on
Wednesday 27 September, 1:30 – 2:30pm AEST.

Led by Ms Tanya Hosch, Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the Australian Football League and Mr Richard Weston, CEO of Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, this forum provides an opportunity to gain of a better understanding of:

  • what is being proposed by the referendum;
  • what a successful ‘YES’ vote outcome would mean for families, children and young people across the country, (especially for First Nations families, children and young people).
  • the practical outcomes we can expect, including the impact and opportunities of enshrining a Voice to Parliament; and
  • why over 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are supporting the YES vote

Whether you’re a community sector worker, parent, carer, or simply passionate about the well-being of families and young individuals, this event is for you. Together, we can create positive change and ensure that every voice is heard and valued.

Register now to secure your spot, get involved and make an impact!

Speaker Biography’s:

Ms Tanya Hosch

Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy
Australian Football League

2021 South Australian – Australian of the year

Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2nd woman in their Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition.

At the AFL Tanya’s portfolios include – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Gender Equality, Sexuality and Gender Diversity, racism and sexism. Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, the AFL’s Gender Action Plan and the Gender Diversity Policy.

Tanya is a Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the National Australia Bank, a Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, a former Board Director of Circus Oz and was a member of the Referendum Council that led the process and final recommendation that resulted in The Uluru Statement from the Heart in May 2017. A career highlight was contributing as a Consultant on the ABC drama, Total Control where she later appeared in a cameo part in Season 2.

In 2021, Tanya was listed at number 6 on the Australian Financial Reviews list of Australian Cultural Influencers. In December 2022, Tanya was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University.

Mr Richard Weston

CEO of Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corp

Richard Weston was the first Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People in New South Wales, bringing more than 25 years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to the role. Prior to this, Richard was the CEO of SNAICC, the national non-government peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

For nine years, Richard held the position of CEO of The Healing Foundation focusing on better understanding the pervasive and long-term impacts of trauma and supporting communities to develop and lead their own healing projects. Between 2000 and 2010 Richard led Aboriginal community-controlled health services in far west New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

He is a very experienced Indigenous leader who has worked in very challenging social and political environments and delivered measurable social, health and economic outcomes. Over the last 2 years he has been a member of the National Voice Co-Design groups established by Minister Ken Wyatt, that developed models for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament and following election of a Federal Labor Government was appointed by Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney to the Referendum Engagement Group to help advise the Government on achieving a successful Referendum later in 2023 to change the Constitution of Australia to formally recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Richard was recently recruited back to far west NSW to once again lead Maari Ma Health as CEO. 

Forum facilitator: Jamie Crosby, CEO Families Australia.