Without truth, there can be no Treaty: Introducing the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria and the State have made a shared commitment to Truth-telling through the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. Truth-telling is a process of openly sharing historical truths after periods of conflict to allow societies to move forward in a more inclusive way, based on justice and human rights.

Yoo-rrook, means ‘truth’ in Wemba Wemba/Wamba Wamba language, which is spoken in the north-west region of Victoria.

About the Yoo-rrook Justice CommissionHAVE YOUR SAY

Expressions of interest for senior executive roles at Yoo-rrook Justice Commission now open

The appointment of Commissioners to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission is currently being finalised. Once this happens and the Letters Patent (terms of reference) are issued, the Commission will be formally established.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are now open until 12pm midday 14 May 2021 for key senior executive roles at the Commission to help the Commission get up and running quickly. Please note that the Commissioners will have the final decision about roles, so an EOI is not an application for a specific role or guarantee that the positions will progress to employment.


View shortlisted Commissioner candidates

The Independent Assessment Panel has shortlisted 20 candidates for Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners. Shortlisted candidates and their public statements are available to view via the button below.


Truth-telling updates & events


Truth-telling Committee

Led by Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Jones and Troy McDonald, the Truth-telling Committee is made up of 18 Assembly Members. The Committee is responsible for engaging with the community and leading the creation of a Truth and Justice Mechanism.


Truth-telling resources

Truth-telling FAQs

To find answers to our frequently asked questions about Truth-telling, click here.

Truth-telling Factsheet

Our Truth-telling Factsheet touches on key aspects of Truth-telling, such as what Truth-telling is, how we got here and what’s next.

Truth-telling Factsheet — PDF Download

The Community Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a blueprint for Indigenous peoples and governments around the world, based on the principles of self-determination and participation, to respect the rights and roles of Indigenous peoples within society. It is the instrument that contains the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples all over the world.

To view the Community Guide, click here.


Have your say

We are seeking community views on a number of key issues relating to a truth-telling process in Victoria.

Have your say via the form below — you can answer all questions or those most relevant to you — or call us on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289)