Make a submission on a critical issue

Yoorrook is currently seeking submissions on:

Economic Prosperity

The Yoorrook Justice Commission is calling for submissions for its inquiry into systemic injustice experienced by First Peoples in economic life, including economic development and prosperity.

Like all Victorians, First Peoples have the right to participate in all aspects of the state's economy as employees, employers, consumers, suppliers, investors, creators and contributors. Yet stark inequalities persist in all areas of economic life.

Data shows that First Peoples experience lower levels of economic wellbeing. In 2021 the median weekly personal income for the general population was 30 percent higher than it was for First Peoples. Lower incomes are exacerbated by inequity in economic opportunities including lower levels of labour market activity and business ownership.

Yoorrook now invites all Victorians, organisations and government departments to make a submission on the economic barriers First Peoples have faced and continue to face, and to identify solutions to achieve economic justice so that all Victorians can thrive.

Your submission can respond to the specific themes outlined in the issues papers below or any other matter that might be relevant to these areas of inquiry.

Yoorrook will use submissions on economic prosperity to make recommendations to right the wrongs of the past and make a better shared future for everyone. 

Deadline for responses: 27 March 2024

How to respond


You can make a submission in whatever form you prefer. For example submissions can be:

• written documents
• videos
• audio recordings
• artworks
• cultural artefacts
• photos

Making a submission

Please make your submission through the online form:

Organisation submission
Individual submission
If you need more information about how to make a submission, please call 1800 YOO RRK or email [email protected].

Why respond to an issues paper?

Yoorrook uses issues papers to focus attention on topics or themes First Peoples have identified as particularly important for truth telling.

An issues paper sets out high-level analysis about the topic and invites organisations and individuals to respond with information and analysis, evidence, and personal experiences.

When you make a submission in response to an issues paper, you help create a better understanding of how the issue affects First Peoples.

Yoorrook will publish the submissions it receives on its website, with the consent of the person or organisation making the submission. Yoorrook will not make a submission public without the consent of the person or organisation making the submission. Yoorrook reserves the right to choose not to publish all or part of a submission if it considers it inappropriate to do so.