Thousands of people have had their say on an Indigenous voice to the federal government.
Senior public servant Ray Griggs sayts their recommendations will go to government in the middle of the year.
“With close to 3000 submissions and over 1000 survey responses this is one of the most comprehensive consultations undertaken in the Indigenous portfolio in recent years,” Mr Griggs told a Senate committee on Friday.
More than 9400 people have contributed to 115 public consultation sessions at 67 places around the country – half of which were in remote Australia.
There were also almost 120 meetings with key stakeholders and 13 online seminars.
Most of the submissions supported a referendum to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament in the constitution, in contrast with the prime minister’s view there is “no clear consensus” on constitutional recognition.
Scott Morrison says the government’s refreshed efforts to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on education, jobs and family violence will make a big difference.
Friday’s hearing coincided with National Reconciliation Week and the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when Australians voted to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginal people and include them in the national census.