The Victorian truth-telling commission investigating injustices against Aboriginal people hopes its work will pave the way for change across Australia.

The Yoorrook Justice Commission, the nation’s first truth-telling inquiry, met for the first time in Melbourne on Thursday.

The Yoorrook commissioners will begin visiting regional Victoria this week to speak with elders.

Commission chair Professor Eleanor Bourke said Yoorrook, which holds the powers of a Royal Commission, will set an example for other jurisdictions.

Prof Bourke said the commission was striving to create an official record of what has happened to Aboriginal people in Victoria, from the stories of First Nations people.