Referendum resilience

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

Event highlights - 6 ways to look after yourself and mob during the Voice referendum 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:

13 Oct 2023

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