A public expression of interest process is now open to recommend five extraordinary candidates for appointment as Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners.
As a group, the five Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners should have knowledge and understanding of systemic disadvantage and its causes; expertise in Indigenous rights, community engagement, decolonisation, transitional justice, government system reform and/or historical inquiries.
All candidates must demonstrate impartiality, moral character and cultural integrity, and be empathetic and trauma-informed.
A majority of Commissioners must be Aboriginal and there should also be a gender balance across the five Commissioners.
Once established, the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners will likely be required to perform the following duties:
- ensure all aspects of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s work is conducted in a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed way and is guided by priorities identified by Victorian Aboriginal communities;
- hear testimonies and other evidence about First Peoples’ experiences since colonisation, including First Peoples’ ongoing strength and resilience;
- inquire into and document laws, policies and practices that impacted on First Peoples’ since colonisation and their ongoing effects;
- engage with the Victorian public to educate and inspire them about the truth-telling process;
- hold events and commemorations organised in consultation with First Peoples;
- prepare a report of their findings that will be an official record of the impact of colonisation on First Peoples in Victoria; and
- make recommendations about what can be done to address past and continuing systemic injustices, prevent their recurrence,
- and improve relationships between First Peoples and the State of Victoria and through building a shared history for all Victorians.
A four-person Independent Assessment Panel will assess expressions of interest and make recommendations to the Premier for his consideration.
The Independent Assessment Panel comprises panellists nominated by the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, the Victorian Government and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Pipeline Talent is supporting the Independent Assessment Panel.
The deadline for applications is 12.00 midday on Tuesday 6 April 2021.
To access the expression of interest and position description, or frequently asked questions about the process, please visit pipelinetalent.com.au/yoo-rrook