A member of the Federation of Australian State and Territory Day Associations and the British and Commonwealth Societies Association Patron in Chief: Sir James Gobbo AC CVO KStJ QC
Indigenous Australians, Traditional Owners of the land, have lived within the boundaries of what is now Victoria for at the very least 20,000 years. It is also highly likely that earlier inhabitants, probably the ancestors of the Indigenous Tasmanians, lived in Victoria for as many years again. The Victoria Day Council acknowledges the Traditional Owners of land wherever we meet. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present and commit ourselves to reconciliation between all people in the State of Victoria, and in the Commonwealth of Australia.