Victoria's Treaty Authority selection panel named

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A former Aboriginal Affairs minister and an Indigenous law expert will lead a panel selecting independent umpires to oversee Victoria's historic treaty negotiations.

Former Richmond MP Richard Wynne is among the five-person panel to decide who will serve on Victoria's Treaty Authority.

The state government along with the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria have selected associate dean and director of the Indigenous law and justice hub at Melbourne Law School Eddie Cubillo to join the interim panel.

Other members include Indigenous elder Aunty Vicki Clark, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Marcus Clarke and First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing boss Karinda Taylor.

Assembly co-chair Marcus Stewart said each member was carefully selected.

"It's important that treaty is done in a way that respects and understands our way of doing things," he said on Monday.

"That's why the Treaty Authority will be an institution grounded in our cultural authority, lore and law, and why the panel needs to find the right people who are respected and trusted by our community."

Once the Treaty Authority is established, it will have the bigger task of overseeing any disputes that arise during negotiations while also upholding lore, law and cultural authority.

Assembly co-chair and Bangerang and Wiradjuri elder Aunty Geraldine Atkinson said she had confidence in all members.

"Today we've taken another step forward on our journey to treaty and making sure Aboriginal people have the freedom and the power to make the decisions that affect our Communities, our culture and our Country," she said.

Indigenous Victorians recently began voting on their representatives for treaty negotiations with the state government.

Voting is running until June 3.

Last year, the landmark Treaty Authority Bill passed parliament to ensure a fair and just reconciliation process for Indigenous people.

The treaty is part of a push to combat issues affecting Indigenous communities in the areas of health, education and justice, and to drive systemic reform.

The First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria is the democratic voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they negotiate a treaty.

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