South Australia’s inaugural state-based First Nations Voice to Parliament has met for the first time to appoint its presiding members.

The SA Voice is made up of 12 First Nations people representing six regions across the state — those 12 members have recently been put forward by their respective regions.

Of those members, Tahlia Wanganeen, representing metropolitan Adelaide First Nations communities, and Leeroy Bilney from the far west coast have been chosen to lead the advisory body.

The Voice is legislated to provide a yearly address to state parliament and will advise the government on issues that affect First Nations people.

Ms Wanganeen and Mr Bilney will guide the Voice to ensure it aligns with First Nations’ community priorities.

“I am honoured to be elected to this important position by my community and now my peers on the State Voice,” Ms Wanganeen said.

Electoral officers set up polling booths across the state during the March SA First Nations Voice to Parliament elections. (ABC News: Stephanie Richards.)

“It is a big task, but we can do this together.”

Mr Bilney said the members are committed to bringing the voices of First Nations communities to government.

“So that they are hearing directly from our communities and from people who may not have had a chance to share their views on matters that they care about deeply,” he said.

After the March SA Voice to Parliament elections were held, 113 candidates competed for 46 seats across six local Voice regions.

Now, of those 46 positions, 12 of those First Nations representatives have been selected as presiding members.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher said yesterday’s meeting was an historic day for SA.

“This is the first time we’ve seen a body like this created anywhere in Australia and so yesterday to have the statewide Voice to come together for the first time, it was a great privilege,” Mr Maher said.

South Australian Aboriginal Affairs Minister and Attorney-General Kyam Maher said Ms Wanganeen and Mr Bilney’s appointments were a remarkable achievement.(ABC News: Carl Saville)

“This was the first meeting — members of that state-wide vote will now consider the timing and the processes that they want to undergo — in terms of those legislated interactions [with parliament].”

The SA Voice election was held just four months after more than 64 per cent of South Australians voted No at the October referendum to enshrine a federal Voice in the Constitution.

Unlike the failed federal proposal, the SA Voice is not enshrined in the state’s constitution. Instead, it was created by passing legislation through parliament.

That means the broader South Australian public did not vote on whether or not the body should exist, and it could be changed or abolished by future governments.

Mr Maher said no date has been set yet when the Voice will provide its first address to parliament.