ABC: Indigenous Voice to Parliament Referendum

ABC programming on the vote and whether it can improve lives and progress reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Following confirmation of Saturday 14 October as the date for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum the ABC has highlighted upcoming programmes to explain what the Voice is, why we’re being asked to vote on it and examine whether it can improve lives and progress reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Voices of Australia
Sunday 17 September at 6.30pm
In 4 half hour episodes, ABC News tells the story of Australia as it considers this Constitutional change. With stories from around the country, from contributors including Voice Correspondent Dan Bourchier, Europe Correspondent Isabella Higgins and Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan. Amid distrust, skepticism and misinformation, this series aims to bridge knowledge gaps with entertaining, engaging, and informative stories. From the team behind Planet America and China Tonight, in collaboration with the Indigenous Affairs team, this series will focus on communities to show how the Referendum campaign and result will ultimately redefine how Australia views itself in 2023.

Four Corners
Monday 11 September at 8:30pm
Dan Bourchier travels to North, West and Eastern Australia asking what sovereignty/ self-determination means and looks like to First Nations people and where a Voice to Parliament fits with those visions. The story centres on two locations where working models of self-determination are operating on the ground – an Aboriginal run community model in far western NSW, and the 7-year-old South West Native Title Agreement, also knowns as the Noongar Treaty, in Perth. The story opens at this year’s Garma Festival.

Monday 9 October will broadcast live from the crucial swing state of South Australia.


The Voice Referendum Explained podcast + vodcast (launched August 23)
Fran Kelly and Quandamooka woman Carly Williams will cut through the noise surrounding the upcoming referendum in this new podcast and give you the information you need when it’s time to vote. New episodes will be available every Wednesday morning on the ABC listen app, ABC iview and YouTube.

Referendum Explained – social media series (Instagram/TikTok) from August 30
The video series for Instagram and TikTok will help build Australians’ understanding of how referendums and the voting system work, the different stances of the Yes and No organisations, and what they need to know throughout the campaign.

​ABC’s Voice website will feature the best live news, explainer, audio and video content from across the ABC.

And in the lead up to the referendum ABC Local Radio will cover the many perspectives with conversations, information and discussion to assist the local radio audience around the country to make an informed choice on voting day.