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Engineering an energy transition: Victoria's First Peoples and its energy policies

A new report finds the energy transformation in Victoria includes a range of Victorian government First Nations initiatives.

The report authors identified a number of instruments including retrofits for Aboriginal housing, programs to support Traditional Owners implement their own renewable energy projects, requirements for engagement with Traditional Owners as part of the Victorian Renewable Energy and Storage Targets (VRET), and the Victorian Transmission Investment Framework (VTIF) from 2024.

In addition to providing a summary of statutory land recovery and Traditional Ownership recognition in Victoria, the report briefly reviews the current energy mix including key renewable energy policies, clean energy targets and strategies the state is relying on to transition to 95% renewable energy by 2035.

The report has been produced to inform the next roundtable feeding into the design of the government's First Nations Clean Energy Strategy to be held in Geelong, Victoria on 27-28 November 2023.

Read the report - Victoria Policy Overview: First Peoples and Clean Energy


Authors: Heidi Norman, Therese Apolonio, Chris Briggs and Fergus Nelson, University of Technology Sydney.

Thanks also to Daniel McIntyre, Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, for additional input and editorial assistance.