The Expression of Interest for Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners closed on Tuesday 6 April 2021.
We received overwhelming interest from 64 candidates and have shortlisted 20 candidates for the next phase of the assessment process. There was an exceptionally high-calibre of candidates and the Independent Assessment Panel wishes to thank those who took the time to submit applications and put themselves forward for this process, which we understand can be difficult. We hope all interested candidates remain engaged in the future work of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, once established.
The shortlisting decisions were made by the Independent Assessment Panel based on the publicly available individual and group key selection criteria, which will continue to guide the assessment of shortlisted candidates over the next phases of the process.
The comments process is open until midday 23 April 2021.Pipeline will only provide comments which are relevant to the key selection criteria to the candidate and the Independent Assessment Panel.
Pipeline will de-identify any personal information (e.g. redact names and any other information that may identify a person) before providing relevant feedback to candidates.
Pipeline may, if it considers necessary, consult with the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in assessing whether a comment is relevant to the key selection criteria. It will de-identify any personal information before sharing a comment with DPC for consultation.
Candidates will be given an opportunity to respond to any comments made about them via Pipeline Talent (either verbally or in writing). Pipeline Talent will provide Independent Assessment Panel members with candidates’ responses. The Independent Assessment Panel will factor relevant comments and candidates’ responses into their assessment process in advance of selecting a final list of candidates for recommendation to the Premier to consider.
Pipeline Talent will not accept a comment that does not include enough information to assess its relevance, is defamatory, is offensive or is trivial or vexatious. Cultural safety is paramount and lateral violence will not be permitted. Public comments will only be accepted and reviewed for relevance if provided by an identifiable individual, with a valid email and a mobile number. Your personal information is being collected for the purpose of validating your identity and to enable Pipeline Talent to contact you if further information is required.
Any personal information collected by Pipeline Talent will be handled in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Information held by Pipeline Talent can be accessed by emailing [email protected].
At the conclusion of the recruitment process, Pipeline Talent may provide your personal information to DPC. This is to enable Pipeline Talent to comply with its contractual and legal obligations. By participating in the public feedback process, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information for the purposes set out above, including the potential use and disclosure of your personal information to DPC as part of this process. Any personal information received by DPC will be treated in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Information held by DPC can be accessed by emailing [email protected].
In pursuing treaty, the government is committed to acknowledging the truth of Victoria’s history and laying the foundations for new, positive relationships between the State, Aboriginal Victorians and non-Aboriginal Victorians.
Aboriginal Victorians have been clear and consistent in their call for truth-telling as an essential part of the treaty process. In particular, the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (Assembly) formally called for a truth and justice process through a resolution of its Chamber in June 2020. For more information about Truth-Telling click here
Following months of work in partnership with the Assembly, the Victorian Government announced it will establish the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission as the nation’s first truth-telling process. Yoo-rrook is the Wemba Wemba / Wamba Wamba word for truth.
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission is expected to begin in July 2021 following the issuing of letters patent under the Inquiries Act 2014, with its final report due three years after establishment.
It is anticipated that the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will investigate both historical and ongoing injustices committed against Aboriginal Victorians since colonisation by the State and non-State entities, across all areas of social, political and economic life. In doing so, the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will engage Victoria’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community to achieve its aims of truth telling and truth listening.
The letters patent required to legally establish the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will be finalised for the Governor’s consideration following a public expression of interest process for Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners.
Establishment of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission builds on our state’s nation-leading work on treaty, and the Victorian Government’s commitment in 2018 to address historic wrongs and ongoing injustices through the treaty process. Victoria is now the first and only jurisdiction to have actioned the treaty and truth elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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:
A four-person Independent Assessment Panel will assess expressions of interest and make recommendations to the Premier for 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.
Please note: The Premier of Victoria has committed to advise the Governor to establish the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission as a Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. The letters patent required to enable this legal establishment cannot be finalised for the Governor’s consideration until they include the names of the proposed Commissioners. Any candidates recommended to the Premier for his consideration will be given the opportunity to review the draft letters patent before they are finalised.
The Independent Assessment Panel is made up of four people (acting in their personal capacity), who have been nominated by different organisations. The Independent Assessment Panel includes:
The Independent Assessment Panel will be responsible for making recommendations to the Premier for his consideration following the EOI and Assessment process. It will be supported by Pipeline Talent, who have been engaged by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), in partnership with the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. Pipeline Talent are a 100% Indigenous owned recruitment company who will be the primary contact throughout the EOI phase. They will provide support to the Independent Assessment Panel, such as compiling applications and arranging interviews for potential candidates. Pipeline Talent’s role is independent of DPC and the Assembly.
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will be established as a Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. Under the Inquiries Act 2014, only the Governor, with the advice of the Premier, may issue letters patent establishing a Royal Commission. The letters patent must specify (among other things) the Commissioners. It is therefore ultimately the Premier’s decision who he recommends to the Governor for appointment as commissioners. The Premier will consider the Independent Assessment Panel’s recommendations in making his decision.
The Independent Assessment Panel will recommend to the Premier for his consideration a panel of Commissioners which has:
As outlined in the EOI and Position Description document, the process to enable the Independent Assessment Panel to assess and make recommendations will involve the following:
The Independent Assessment Panel will make its recommendations to the Premier by 4 May 2021. The Premier will consider these recommendations. The Premier will then advise the Governor to issue letters patent with the names of the Commissioners, in accordance with the Inquiries Act 2014, formally establishing the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission.
Assessment panel members and Pipeline Talent will be required to keep applicants’ information confidential, except to the extent it is necessary to disclose it to the State of Victoria (through the Department of Premier and Cabinet) to allow appointment processes under the Inquiries Act 2014 to progress. Personal information collected by the State will be handled in accordance with the collection notice attached to the EOI, and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Further information about this is outlined in the privacy consent form in the EOI and Position Description.
As outlined in the Expression of Interest and Position Description document, shortlisted candidates will be asked to undergo standard probity checks (Australian Securities and Investment Commission Register of Persons Banned and Disqualified; Australian Financial Security Authority, National Personal Insolvency Index Check; and a National Police Record Check) and complete a Declaration of Private Interests and Conflict of Interest Form. Findings made through probity checks may not necessarily exclude candidates from being considered in the broader context of the candidate’s application.
The Declaration of Private Interests form will enable appropriate consideration of potential, perceived or actual conflict of interests related to any paid or voluntary work, if a candidate was selected to be a Commissioner. To ensure the independence of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, Commissioners may need to suspend or relinquish memberships or roles on other bodies, such as Boards, public offices or particular organisations. This will be considered and discussed with potential candidates about opportunities to declare and manage appropriately any potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interest in performing the role of Commissioner.
Candidates can either self-nominate or supplement their application with a nomination from another individual or organisation. Candidates who self-nominate only will not be disadvantaged.
It is important to note the key selection criteria of impartiality requires Commissioners to be free from any external influences which may undermine their ability to be impartial and objective, or which could be perceived by others as undermining their ability to be impartial and objective. Therefore, nominations must be for persons in their individual capacity, not representing any organisation or group. If you are nominating someone else, the person must agree to be nominated and must complete the form themselves. Once they have completed the form, you must sign that you have nominated them.
The Independent Assessment Panel’s role is an advisory role - to make recommendations to the Premier for his consideration to advise the Governor. It is not a legal decision-making role to finally determine appointees to the roles of Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners. The integrity, independence and fairness of this process are of utmost importance to all involved.
If you wish to make a complaint about the Independent Assessment Panel’s Expression of Interest Process, you should discuss or provide in writing your concern with Pipeline Talent by contacting [email protected].
To find out more about the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission you can visit the following websites: