Referendum resilience

  • 6 ways to look after yourself and mob



    hey sis The Voice referendum has started

    a lot of debate yeah some things people

    say are hurtful and some are against the

    law you know there are six ways you can

    look after yourself and MOG while all of

    this debate is going on you can create

    Create safe boundaries

    safe boundaries you don't need to be an

    expert on The Voice encourage people to

    visit dot a u to get the facts

    Use your voice

    use your voice you can report race

    discrimination or racial vilification to

    the team at anti-discrimination New

    South Wales yeah they're deadly and we

    Get Outdoors

    can look out for others have a Yama

    Summit who might be struggling get

    Outdoors get some fresh air go for a

    walk Go on country

    Mute and Follow

    don't have to watch ariad or read every

    news story

    mute and follow or hide social media

    posts that's right reach out if you feel

    Reach out

    worried or no good reach out to family

    and Community or phone 13 Yan and talk

    with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait

    Islander crisis supporter that's 13 92


    76. remember we've all got to look after

    ourselves and each other

    brought to you by any discrimination New

    South Wales

In June 2023, Anti-Discrimination NSW launched a referendum resilience resource called 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate. The resource was developed in collaboration with 13YARN.

Community debate

The Voice referendum has opened up debate in Australia. There is much discussion about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Some comments are hurtful. Other comments or behaviour may be against the law. In NSW, both race discrimination and racial vilification are against the law.

There are six ways you can look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate.

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1. Create safe boundaries

You don’t need to be an expert on The Voice. Encourage people to visit to get the facts.

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2. Use your voice

You can report race discrimination or racial vilification to the team at Anti-Discrimination NSW.

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3. Look out for others

Have a yarn with someone who might be struggling.

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4. Get outdoors

Get some fresh air. Go for a walk. Go on Country.

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5. Mute the noise

You don’t have to watch every ad or read every news story. Remember you can mute, unfollow or hide social media posts.

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6. Reach out

If you are feeling worried or no good, connect with family and community. Or phone 13YARN and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.


What to do if you experience discrimination or vilification

Racist comments and racial abuse are completely unacceptable. If you experience race discrimination or racial vilification, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW on 1800 670 812 for free confidential information about your rights and how to make a complaint.

You can ask to speak to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff member and have a yarn about your discrimination enquiry. If you think a family member is experiencing discrimination, encourage them to have a yarn with Anti-Discrimination NSW or call the enquiry line on their behalf for further information.

How to get mental health support

If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

Launch event

  • 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during the Voice referendum debate

    Event highlights

    6 ways to look after yourself and mob during the Voice referendum debate




    I'd like to acknowledge our young people

    which are our future what's proposed is

    that this indigenous voice be an

    independent voice of Aboriginal people

    to both Parliament and the executive of

    the national government and it's my

    honor and privilege to emcee these

    anti-discrimination New South Wales

    event looking after yourself and MOB

    during the voice referendum debate

    so I walk beside our community you know

    there's not enough for us to walk beside

    each other there are many different

    moments in our nation's history that

    have led to this moment I was really

    proud to partner with the

    anti-discrimination board on this and

    it's six powerful but simple messages we

    really need to look after ourselves as

    more I always want a center that our

    community is one that is defined by love

    and joy and laughter so the brochure is

    a very simple but we hope effective tool

    to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait

    Islanders manage the process through

    this referendum the brochure identifies

    or suggests six ways in which Aboriginal

    and Torres Strait Islander people could

    help look after themselves and MOB

    during the debate



Communications toolkit

Help us to increase awareness of the resource 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during The Voice referendum debate by downloading our referendum resilience communications toolkit

This communications toolkit contains information about the new resource and ways to promote it (including social media tiles).


Last updated:

04 Mar 2024

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