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Recruiting for Yoo-rrook Justice Commission

Truth Telling in Victoria

Expressions of Interest – Yoo-rrook Justice Commission – Various Executive Positions

Various Executive roles, including:
Chief Executive Officer
Outreach and community engagement
Community support
Policy, Strategy and Research
Operations and Human Resources

Various and to be determined

To be confirmed, likely June 2021 – June 2024

range Various, TBC

EOI Close Date
Midday Friday 14 May 2021

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced candidates interested in being considered for executive roles within the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. All Expressions of Interest will be collated and provided to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners for their consideration, once the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission is established.
The engagement of staff to assist the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will be determined at the discretion of the Chair of the Commission, pursuant to the Inquiries Act 2014. Accordingly, interested persons should be aware that recruitment for executive roles is not guaranteed through this Expression of Interest process and may proceed through different avenues as determined by the Chairperson (once selected).
Please note that this process is separate from the Expression of Interest process for Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners, which is now closed. The Assessment Panel set up for the Commissioner Expression of Interest process is not involved in this process.

The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission

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 proposed Commissioners. A public assessment process run by an Independent Assessment Panel and supported by Pipeline Talent is currently underway for Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners. The recommendations are anticipated to be made to the Premier for his consideration by 4 May 2021. The
Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will likely be established soon after, by mid-2021.
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will be the first ever independent truth-telling process in Australia. Yoo-rrook, means ‘truth’ in the Wemba Wemba/Wamba Wamba language, which is spoken in the north-west region of Victoria.

As outlined in the summary of the draft letters patent (Attachment A), it is proposed the
Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will broadly:
• inquire into historical injustices perpetrated against First Peoples, such as cultural violations and massacres, along with ongoing injustices experienced in everyday life including policing and criminal justice, incarceration, detention, and the broader courts and legal system, child protection, family or welfare matters, health and healthcare and economic, social and political life.
• establish an official record of the impact of colonisation on First Peoples in Victoria using First Peoples’ stories and to provide insight into how this continues to affect and resonate with lived experiences today.
• be established for three years, commencing in mid-2021 and aim to:
o Facilitate truth telling: enable promotion of cultural restoration, healing, and a forum for First Peoples to share their stories, demonstrate their survival and cultural resilience through a culturally safe and designed, formal truth-telling process;
o Educate the wider Victorian community: facilitate public awareness and education of Victoria’s shared history of colonialism and the legacies of injustice that continue to impact First Peoples today; and
o Develop recommendations for reform: opportunities for institutional and legal reform and change and matters that could be considered in future treaty negotiations.

Expression of Interest Process

The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will be independent of government and the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. Once established it will determine its own operational structure, including executive and senior positions, required to undertake its inquiry in line with the letters patent.

However, to support the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to quickly and efficiently appoint key senior executives, such as a Chief Executive Officer, the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has engaged Pipeline Talent to collect and collate Expressions of Interests, to provide to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners for them to consider once established.

It is important to note the Commissioners will have final decision-making authority and independence when deciding appointments and staffing for the Commission. This Expression of Interest process will enable the Commissioners to access interested and appropriately skilled and experienced individuals for consideration for executive and senior employment opportunities. It will provide them with options and a “head start” on executive recruitment should they choose to act on this list. As such, an Expression of Interest does not constitute an application for a specific role. Interested persons should be aware that as the discretion to employ staff ultimately lies with the Chair of the Commission, there is no guarantee that this process or these positions will progress to employment.

Expression of Interest (EOI)
The Expression of Interest process will be open between Monday 3 May 2021 – midday Friday 14 May 2021. To submit an Expression of Interest, please email your CV and this form and specify which role/s you are interested in to:[email protected]

Collation of EOIs and providing to Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners
Pipeline Talent will collate all Expression of Interests received and they will be provided to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners, once appointed, for them to consider. Pipeline will not assess suitability or make recommendations from this list but rather will provide the Expressions of Interests and CVs to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners.

Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners review of EOIs
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners can consider the list but are not required to. They will make their own decisions regarding next steps (if any) for recruitment and/or appointment for these or similar positions.

There may be further job opportunities in the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission once the Commissioners have determined the operational structure and requirements.

About the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission Executive Positions

Based on the draft letters patent, it is likely the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will seek to employ a Chief Executive Officer, or similar, and executive positions in the following fields:

• Outreach and community engagement
• Community support
• Communications
• Policy, Strategy and Research
• Operations and Human Resources

Expressions of interest are being sought for highly skilled experts with demonstrated experience in executive leadership.
As it is crucial that Yoo-rrook Justice Commission operates in a culturally sensitive way, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to express interest. All executive and senior roles should have cultural competency and knowledge of Victoria’s Aboriginal communities.

Chief Executive Officer

Under the direction of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners and the Chair of the Commission , the CEO will ensure the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission operates according to the letters patent establishing it and achieves its ambitious and historic objectives.
It is expected that the CEO would have operational responsibility for the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, as directed by the Commissioners, to ensure it meets the objectives and undertakes its inquiry in line with its letters patent. The CEO should have significant experience managing large organisations and applying the best practices of transparency and efficiency in public administration. The CEO should also be able to strategically lead and support the other executive positions in delivering the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s objectives.

Other key positions may include:

Outreach and community engagement: Leading community outreach; developing public education campaigns and initiatives; planning and running events; building relationships with First Nations people and communities and a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Community support: Proving expert advice on trauma-responsive policy and practice; managing and coordinating wellbeing and other support for individuals and communities who participate in Yoo-rrook Justice Commission processes.

Communications: Promoting the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission and communicating its mandate and objectives to the public; planning and implementing best practice communication and engagement strategies and campaigns; managing media; issues management; digital (social media and websites) and creative content development.

Policy, Strategy and Research: Leading the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s policy function, including research and analysis to support the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission throughout all phases of its work, including: planning; information and data gathering; drafting of reports; research papers; briefs and evaluations; working with the Expert Advisory Committee (as appropriate) and formulating policy options to support the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s recommendations for its interim and final reports.

Operations and Human Resources: Providing corporate support to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission through leading people management; developing corporate policies; finance and budget; recruitment; procurement and contract management; risk and compliance; and data, reporting and analysis functions.

Privacy Collection Notice
This information relates to the collection and use of your personal information through the expression of interest process for potential executive positions in the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. Please read this information carefully before signing it. If you do not understand any part of the information presented or wish to seek clarification about the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, please contact Pipeline Talent (Recruitment Provider) either by phone on 02 8001 6603 or email [email protected] to discuss further. The purpose of this information is to provide you with information about how your personal information will be collected and used through this expression of interest process.

Collection, use and disclosure of information
This process is an expression of interest (EOI) process and therefore involves the collection and use of your personal information, should you submit an EOI. You can withdraw your consent to the use of your personal information by contacting the Recruitment Provider (details above). Failure to agree to provide relevant personal information, or withdrawal of consent to the collection and use of personal information throughout the process may result in your EOI failing to progress.

The Recruitment Provider will collect and use your personal information for the purposes of providing your EOI for potential executive positions in the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to the Victorian Government (through DPC, who will then provide it to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners, once appointed. DPC will not assess or make any recommendations about your EOI to the Commission, but will only pass it on for their consideration.

The Recruitment Provider will be required to keep your personal information confidential at all times (apart from disclosure to the Victorian Government so that it can provide your EOI to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. The Recruitment Provider and the State will treat your personal information, once collected, in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other relevant legislation. In addition, a copy of the Victorian Government’s privacy policy is at https://www.vic.gov.au/privacy-vicgovau.
The State through the Department of Premier and Cabinet will endeavour to ensure, in accordance with its requirements under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, that any personal information held about you is up to date and accurate. You can access or correct your personal information held by DPC by writing to [email protected].

Privacy collection notice and Consent Form

Please fill out form attached and ensure it is emailed back to: [email protected] 

Attachment A

Summary of the draft letters patent for the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission

This attachment summarises the proposed terms of reference set out in the draft letters patent. The Premier has committed to advise that the Governor issue the draft letters patent to establish Yoo-rrook Justice Commission as a Royal Commission under the Inquires Act 2014. It also summarises the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s proposed objectives, how it will conduct itself, and recommendations that it can make.

Proposed Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioners will have the opportunity to review the draft letters patent before the Premier proceeds to advise the Governor on them.


Summarised, the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s objectives are to (among other things):

• establish an official public record based on First Peoples’ experiences of systemic injustice since colonisation;
• develop a shared understanding among all Victorians of the impact of systemic injustices along with the diversity, strength and resilience of First Peoples’ cultures, knowledge, and traditional practices;
• determine the causes and consequences of systemic injustices including the role of State policies and laws in causing harm experienced by First Peoples and which entities bear responsibility for the harm suffered by First Peoples since colonisation; and
• support the treaty-making process between the State of Victoria and First Peoples, including through the identification of subject matters for potential inclusion in a treaty or treaties

Terms of reference

Summarised, the draft letters patent require the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to inquire into and report on:

• historical systemic injustices perpetrated by State and non-State entities against First Peoples since colonisation, including in relation to areas such as massacres, wars and genocide, cultural theft and misappropriation, protectionist and assimilationist policies, unfair labour practices and unfair policies, and practices relating to areas including policing and criminal justice, child protection and welfare matters and health;
• ongoing systemic injustices perpetrated by the State and non-State entities against First Peoples, including in relation to policing, child protection and welfare matters, health, invasion of privacy and exclusion from economic, social and political life;
• the causes and consequences of systemic injustices;
• how historical and ongoing systemic injustices can be acknowledged and addressed;
• how best to raise awareness and increase public understanding of the history and experiences of First Peoples before and since colonisation; and
• any other matters related to the above.

Conduct of the inquiry

Summarised, the draft letters patent provide that Commissioners are to (among other things):

• engage widely with First Peoples across Victoria, including by conducting inquiries in rural and regional communities and carrying out events, media engagements or public education activities, including at the request of affected communities;
• have regard to the views and insights provided by the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria;
• regularly communicate with the Victorian community about the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission’s objectives and progress;
• provide a safe, supportive and culturally appropriate forum for First Peoples to participate in truth telling with dignity, demonstrating cultural resilience and survival, including by adopting practices to minimise harm and avoid re-traumatisation;
• provide culturally appropriate outreach services and healing and commemorative services, as appropriate; and
• establish an expert advisory committee to act as consultants to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission.


The draft letters patent provide that the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission may make recommendations about practical actions and reforms needed in Victoria to effectively redress and address systemic injustices and promote healing for First Peoples and the broader community. Summarised, this includes (among other things) making recommendations about:

• appropriate forms of cultural restoration and healing for affected communities and individuals, including further truth-telling, memorialisation, commemorations or other activities;
• appropriate forms of public awareness and education strategies, including whether, and if so, how, truth-telling and the outcomes of your inquiry can be embedded in the Victorian school curriculum;
• policy, legislative, administrative or institutional reforms to address inequalities, remove systemic and structural injustices and prevent further harm; and
• subject matters that should be included in a treaty or treaties with the State.

Expressions of Interest Form

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