Federation is supporting the “Unions for Yes” phone banking in the lead up to the referendum. You can choose to join-in in person, at Trades Hall in Sydney, or online. Sessions are held between 5.30pm-8pm week day evenings, food is provided for the in-person events.
We are asking volunteers to register their details through Unions NSW so that you can receive login and password details for the computer system. You can use a mobile device, however it is easier if you have a tablet or laptop to assist.
Click here to register.
Volunteer at pre-polling
We are encouraging volunteers to register in one of the 13 targeted electorates (if convenient). If you are not located near a target area, you can find your local electorate here.
Do you have a couple of hours that you could spare? If so, add your name to the roster.
Simply select your electorate from the drop-down menu, select the days and times that you are available and add your contact details. Don’t forget to add your availability for referendum day in the last box.
- Cook– Sutherland Shire and surrounds
- Cowper– Port Macquarie and surrounds
- Dobell– Central Coast and surrounds
- Hughes– Alford’s Point, Bundeena up to Heathcote, Holsworthy and surrounds
- Farrer– Albury, Griffith, Deniliquin, and Hay
- Fowler– Chipping Norton, Lansvale, Fairfield East, Liverpool and Georges River
- Lindsay– Penrith and surrounds
- Lyne– Barrington Tops, Beechwood and surrounding areas
- New England– North east of NSW adjoining border with Queensland down to Scone, Tamworth and surrounds
- Page– Far north of NSW adjoining Queensland, Lismore, Casino, Nimbin and surrounds
- Parkes– Broken Hill, Dubbo, Walgett, Moree Plains, Narrabri and surrounds
- Riverina– From Parkes to Gundagai, Tarcutta, and surrounds
- Werriwa– Badgerys Creek, Macquarie Fields, Green Valley, Horningsea Park, Prestons.
Once you have registered your volunteer details, please email [email protected] and provide the name of the electorate you have volunteered in and your preferred size for a yellow “Teachers for Yes” campaign t-shirt. Once your email is received, we will organise to get one out to you.
Workplaces across the nation will be engaging in weeks of action to raise the profile of the Yes campaign and encourage conversations in workplaces.
We encourage all schools and workplaces to organise their own event leading up to referendum day.
- Come together for a morning or afternoon tea.
- Volunteer to leaflet at a community event, phone bank, or door knock. Volunteer via Yes23.
- volunteer to hand out flyers at pre-poll or on Referendum Day. You can elect to volunteer at a pre-poll or polling place in your area, or at a nearby electorate. We are asking our members and staff to sign up with us so that we can direct people to areas of most need as decided in collaboration with Yes23 and UnionsNSW. All members volunteering with us at pre-poll and polling day will receive a “Teachers for Yes” t-shirt.
We are also encouraging people to:
- Talk to at least 3 people who are undecided and need to know more
- download a selfie frame to use on social media from Yes23 or Unions for Yes
- Share tiles on social media
- read or listen to the Uluru Statement from the Heart in English and Indigenous and CALD translations, written and audio.
- Be visible in your support, wear a yes t-shirt, badge, carry a “yes” tote bag
- listen to the Walk for Yes playlist on spotify.
- Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a Voice– the official Australian Government guide that answers the question ‘What is the Voice and how will it work?’
- FAQs about the Voice to Parliament– Amnesty International Australia
- Voice Referendum: Understanding the referendum from a Human Rights Perspective– Australian Human Rights Commission
- Responding to racism during the proposed Voice to Parliament Referendum– Dept of Ed
- Advice for Teachers- Voice to Parliament Teaching and Learning– Dept of Ed
- The Voice
- How a referendum works | The Voice
- What is a referendum?
- Australian Constitution
- YES Voice Conversation guide
- Q + A brochure
- Yes Posters
- Yes23 A5 Folding flyer
- Yes23 trifold flyer
- Yes23 A4 double sided flyer
- Understanding the referendum in your language
- English, CALD translations and an audio file.
- Life Without Barriers Fact sheets in English and CALD translations.
- Yes23 easy to read Fact sheet in English and CALD translations.
- Multicultural Australia – FAQs and Understanding the referendum in English.
- Translated materials – Yes23
- Australian Education Union
- Visit the ‘Unions For Yes’ campaign site
- Visit the First Nations Workers Alliance
- The Voice Campaign is Union Business
- The Complete Union Guide to YES campaign conversations
- Unions for Yes Messaging Guide
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to the Australian people from First Nations Australians. It asks Australians to walk together to build a better future by establishing a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution, and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission for the purpose of treaty-making and truth-telling.
There are three core components- Voice, Treaty and Truth:
Voice to Parliament– Enshrining an Indigenous Voice in the Australian Constitution will give a permanent line of communication for Indigenous Peoples to the Australian Government to have a say on issues that affect them, their families and communities.
Treaty– A long-standing demand of Indigenous Peoples. A ‘Makarrata Commission’ would guide agreement-making between Indigenous Peoples and governments.
Truth-Telling– The ‘Makarrata Commission’ would also make sure that the true history of colonisation is finally told.
- Our union’s commitment: Aboriginal education, uniting us all
- Uluru Statement From The Heart: Study Guide
- Uluru Statement website and resources
- Voice from the Heart Alliance
- Reconciliation NSW
Together, we can build a more united and stronger country by recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’s Constitution.
Do you believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be recognised in the 122-year-old Constitution?
Do you believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be listened to on issues that affect them and their families?
Will you write yes?
The upcoming Voice referendum
This vote will give all Australians the chance to come together and consider a change to our Constitution that will honour and celebrate the rights, history, and ongoing relationship of Indigenous Australians with this land. It’s a rare chance to make a major positive impact now and for future generations.
Australia has been considering Constitutional Recognition for more than 15 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have asked that the form of recognition come through a Voice to Parliament, which will give advice on laws and policies that affect them and their families and communities.
Come referendum day Australians will be asked to vote on the following:
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?
To approve this change, Australian voters will write the answer ‘Yes’ to the question when voting in the referendum.
The Constitutional Change
The Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) 2023 bill past both houses of Parliament on 19 June 2023. The proposed changes to the Constitution:
Chapter IX—Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
129 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
In recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia:
(i) there shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice;
(ii) the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
(iii) the Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to matters relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, including its composition, functions, powers and procedures.
Members can click here to tell us why you will be writing Yes in the upcoming referendum.
At Annual Conference in 2018, Federation committed to supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart in its entirety. We accepted the invitation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to walk together in a movement of the Australian people for a better future towards Voice, Treaty and Truth.
Federation has committed to supporting a yes vote in the upcoming referendum to acknowledge Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, and to establish a Voice to Parliament. The result of these actions will be better informed politicians and therefore better policies that will improve the quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
We invite you to join us in supporting the YES campaign.