A formal “truth-telling” process in Victoria will allow the entire state to “move forward united”, says the co-chair of the Victorian First People’s Assembly.

Victoria has become the first state in the nation to introduce a truth telling process recognising the historic wrongs committed against Indigenous Australians, after the state government agreed to support the process.

The assembly voted overwhelmingly to call for a truth-telling process in June and received word on July 11 that the government would support he process.

The assembly will aim to develop terms of reference over the next three to six months by engaging with the Victorian Aboriginal community.

Assembly co-chair Marcus Stewart says the decision creates a “significant opportunity” for Victoria.

Mr Stewart says it’s important the process is designed with cultural safety in mind.