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.
In response to this call, the government has committed to working in partnership with the Assembly to establish a formal truth and justice process to recognise the past and ongoing injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal Victorians.
The process acknowledges the incredible strength and survival of Aboriginal people – and will ensure Aboriginal voices are heard and respected. It can also help to heal and unify Victorians and reset the story and foundations of our state.
The development of a truth and justice process will occur in parallel to Victoria’s treaty process, ensuring the momentum of the treaty process is maintained and is underpinned by a commitment to truth and justice.
The Assembly and the Victorian Government will work in partnership to develop the terms of reference for the process. The terms of reference will set out the form, purpose, scope and operations of the process, which will reflect Victoria’s unique history, institutions and cultures.
Reviewed 25 September 2020