Make a submission
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Tell your truth
All First Peoples can make a submission right now through our online submission form.
What can I share in my submission?
Yoorrook is looking into historic and ongoing systemic injustice experienced by First Peoples since colonisation. In your submission, you can share the truth about any injustice you like. For example truths about:
- your local area
- your family's experiences
- experiences of racism, forced removal from home and land, massacres, forced labour, cultural loss, intergenerational trauma, economic disadvantage and stolen wealth
- acts of resistance and resilience
You can also make suggestions about changes you would like to see, such as changes to laws or policies.
Yoorrook is investigating injustice at a systems level. That means that Yoorrook cannot decide or resolve individual cases or give any form of compensation. However, if you have experienced injustice as an individual, we encourage you to make a submission about it - your experience can help to paint a picture of the problems with the system and help Yoorrook make recommendations for change.
You can make a submission in whatever form you prefer
Making a submission
You can make your submission through the online submission form.
- You can prepare your submission beforehand and upload as an attachment or write it directly on to the online form
- You can return to the unfinished online submission form for up to three months
If you cannot use the online form, you can download a hard copy of the form and return it by mail.
Publishing your Submission
To help all Victorians understand First Peoples’ experiences of injustice, Yoorrook will publish the submissions it receives on its website, with the consent of the person or group making the submission. Yoorrook will not make your submission public without your consent.
Yoorrook reserves the right to choose not to publish all or part of a submission if it considers it inappropriate to do so. By publishing a submission, Yoorrook expresses no opinion about the content or accuracy of the submission or material referred to in the submission.
We can help you tell your truth
Get help to make a submission
Yoorrook’s truth receivers can help you complete the submission form. If you want, they can also help to take a photo, video or audio recording of your submission.
Yoorrook's truth receivers are trusted community members. For more information and to make an appointment with our team, contact us by phone, email or on the form to the right.
If you would like support to make a submission, please fill in the form below and a truth receiver will get back to you soon.
Other ways to get support
Free, confidential and safe social and emotional wellbeing support is available to people who want to tell their truth to Yoorrook.
- Call 1800 YOO RRK
Email [email protected]
Yoorrook provides a free and confidential legal service that can give you information and advice about sharing your story safely with us.
- Operated by VLA: +61 3 8610 9830 or email: [email protected]
Operated by VALS: (03) 9418 5999 or email: [email protected]
People who can help tell your truth
Meet the truth receivers
Yoorrook's truth receivers are trusted community members who can help you make your submission.
Frequently asked questions
The Yoorrook Justice Commission is looking into historic and ongoing systemic injustices experienced by our people since colonisation. Meaning things that happened in the past AND things that are still happening now.
Sharing your story will help Yoorrook create a formal public record of this injustice. It will also help us recommend real changes to the systems and laws affecting our people.