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Associate Director of Historical Research

Yoo-rrook Justice Commission
  • $170,997-$232,558 plus 10% superannuation

Yoo-rrook has been established as an independent Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. It will focus on truth-telling and healing for First Peoples, by inquiring into historic and ongoing systemic injustices perpetrated against First Peoples in Victoria by State and non-State entities since colonisation until today. Yoo-rrook is the first Aboriginal truth-telling body to be established in Australia. See here to see the letters patent that set out Yoo-rrook's historic mandate.

We are looking for an Assistant Director of Historical Research who will lead a significant research component of Yoo-rrook’s work as part of the Strategic Policy and Research Unit. The Unit’s work involves commissioning, managing and quality assuring and conducting ground-breaking research across a wide variety of areas such as history, sociology, anthropology, economics and law. You will be an experienced historian used to collaborating with others to achieve practical outcomes and will have an excellent understanding of the impact of colonisation of First Peoples, particularly in Victoria.

The role requires experience in building and leading a collaborative multi-disciplinary team, and experience in delivering projects under time pressure in a complex and sensitive environment. The team will also be responsible for managing research and policy projects, analysing submissions and other evidence, drafting background and issues papers, as well working on the interim and final reports under the direction of the Commissioners. The Strategic Policy and Research unit is also responsible for developing policy options to support Yoo-rrook’s recommendations for systemic reform.

This is a fixed-term role until 30 June 2024.


You must be a proactive self-starter with exceptional interpersonal skills. To succeed in this role, you will be someone who is outcomes focused, an exceptional writer and communicator; thrives on a challenge and working in a diverse multifaceted environment; and is passionate about truth and justice for First Peoples in Victoria. As a lead researcher, the role requires extensive historical research experience in areas that include First Nations and settler-state relations history, mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, and Indigenous research methodologies. The role also requires awareness and understanding of the history and culture of First Peoples in Victoria. Successful candidates will also have an ability to work in a complex, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and fast paced environment, with demonstrated research, analytical and communication skills with an ability to work cooperatively.

Yoo-rrook's Letters Patent requires it to prioritise the employment of First Peoples. First Peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia. As an authorised provider, Yoo-rrook is required to comply with the State Government's mandatory Vaccination policy for COVID-19.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • A resume; and
  • A cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages).

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Caitlin Reiger on 0419 366 404


Yoo-rrook actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including people who identify as LGBQTI+, people with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds.

All roles at Yoo-rrook can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.

Preferred candidates may be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent Form. Employment of successful candidates may be subject to a National Police Check.

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